Overview of Fordham's Sponsorship Work

The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation has actively sponsored (i.e. authorized) charter schools in Ohio since 2005. Our portfolio includes some of Ohio’s highest performing and highly regarded schools. We expect to widen our portfolio to serve 5,400 students in a diverse group of schools across all grade levels and in various formats (e.g., college preparation, career credential, pre-kindergarten through high school, early college and blended models) by the end of 2018.
We have developed expertise in all the core areas of Ohio charter sponsorship, including law, finance, compliance, facilities, new school start-up, closure, managing the application process for new schools, contract management, school monitoring and renewal decisions. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) – widely considered the gold standard of charter authorizing – utilizes Fordham staff on various projects.

For a more in-depth description of Fordham's sponsorship work, please consult this document.

If you have questions regarding any aspect of our sponsorship work, they may be directed to our Dayton office at 937-227-3368.


Fordham Foundation Policy on Charter School Management and Operations

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's Policy on Charter School Management and Operations


Links to useful resources and organizations

Ohio Charter School Fact Sheet
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 
National Association of Charter School Authorizers 
Ohio Department of Education Office of Community Schools 
USDOE's Office of Innovation and Improvement
Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools
National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance


Ohio Department of Education Trainings

System To Achieve Results for Students (STARS) allows individuals to access information on upcoming professional development and technical assistance programs offered by ODE. You can search for by topic, date, or area of focus. NOTE: To search STARS you must first sign in to your SAFE account on the Ohio Department of Education's website.



All Fordham sponsored community schools use Epicenter, a web-based workflow and compliance tool for authorizers and schools. It provides a single place to keep records and track activities to streamline the compliance process. Epicenter allows both the school and the sponsor to store, share, and access documents remotely, making the sponsor's oversight of community schools more convenient and efficient. Epicenter also functions as a document retention system.

Contact Information
National Charter Schools Institute


Phone: 1-866-732-3234 toll free