Good Deed Education Fund

Good Deed Education Fund is a philanthropy fund founded by the new generation of Estonian entrepreneurs. The fund is looking to support initiatives that solve acute problems in the education sector. The main issues the Education Fund addresses are:

● The lack of appeal of the profession of teaching as the average age of teachers is constantly increasing. 

● Quality of school leadership (recruitment, leadership, culture and goal setting; empowering parents board).

● The youth drop-out rate after the mandatory level (9 years); not graduating from the next education level. 

● The low levels of STEAM skills acquired from school. 

Good Deed Education Fund is looking for initiatives that addresses these problems in a measurable way. Through the initiatives we will be looking for ways to increase the quality of education together with leaders from different sectors - public, private, third sector. 

FUND SIZE 1 000 000 €
DURATION 2019-2021


The Education Fund is looking for initiatives that will disrupt the educational system in a positive way. We are looking for teams who contribute to solving our target issues in the Estonian education system through ideas that:

● are scalable and/or innovative;

● measure their results and/or impact;
● have a strong team;

● have a plan for sustainable financing model.

Good Deed Foundation runs the Education Fund and consults initiatives interested in applying to the Fund. Successful candidates will go through several steps. 

To find out more please write to Laura:

What happens next?
All ideas will be examined and looked at both in relation to the main issues and criteria. There is no unified application and evaluation procedure. We will involve different partners, initiatives or external experts in the process. The process can take 4-6 months and we kindly ask at least two meetings with the initiatives in focus - in order to understand the organization at large.

Supported initiatives will also be offered non-financial support, e.g. in PR, legal matters or negotiations with different partners. 


ASÕP: substitute teachers

The substitute teachers program (ASÕP) provides a system and network of substitute teachers to schools for finding substitute teachers promptly, without hassle and stress. On average an Estonian school with 500 students needs 200 substitute lessons per month. School leaders don't have an easy or high-quality solution, yet it should be a first-level service.
Good Deed Education Fund is supporting the development of a web-based system to help ASÕP in growing to replace at least 2500 lessons per month in 2021.

Teach for Estonia

Teach for Estonia (Noored Kooli) envisions a future where every child in Estonia will get a very good education. The participants of its two-year development program work as school teachers and become systemic leaders in the area of education.
With the support by the Good Deed Education Fund, Noored Kooli increases its number of participants by 10 people per year, doubling it up to 50 by 2021.

Internship Program for Educational Leaders

Internship Program for Educational Leaders connects school leaders with private companies. The length of the program is five months – the three-month full-time internship at an innovative company is followed by implementing the new skills and knowledge back at school where the leaders continue being mentored. 
Good Deed Education Fund supports piloting the program in Spring 2020.


To predict and prevent dropouts at high school level in a maintainable way, think tank Praxis offers a two-part solution „Häirekell“ that combines real time big data analysis with latest knowledge of behavioural economics. 

While today each year up to 3,000 students either drop out of education or are forced into repetition, the goal of the Education Fund and Praxis is to significally lower it by 2025.


99math makes math learning exciting for kids and aims to advance students' progress. Teachers use 99math in classrooms to practice math exercises with students, also they get instant feedback to understand what needs focus.
Good Deed Education Fund has acquired a small share of 99math.

Founding members

The Good Deed Education Fund was founded by Taavet Hinrikus, Martin Villig, TransferWise and Bolt.
Alari Aho
Riivo Anton
Viljar Arakas
Ahti Heinla
Martin ja Terje Henk
Taavet Hinrikus
Gerri Kodres
Norris Koppel
Kristo Käärmann
Rain Lõhmus
Piret ja Veljo Otsason
Jaan Pillesaar
Martin Rand
Risto Rossar
Tõnu Runnel
Ragnar Sass
Helen ja Martin Tajur
Annika Tallinn
Dina ja Hannes Tamjärv
Ede ja Sten Tamkivi
Kalev Tanner
Sten Tikk
Priit Vaikmaa
Peep Vain
Kaido Veske
Mari-Liis ja Martin Villig

Good Deed Education Fund is run by Good Deed Foundation that has a long term experience in launching and developing impactful societal initiatives.

To find out more please write to Laura:

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