Case Study

The Committee for Education Funding

The Committee for Education Funding (CEF) is the nation’s oldest and largest education coalition, composed of more than 80 national education associations and institutions from Pre-K to graduate education. CEF’s purpose is to obtain increased federal investments in funding for all levels of education.


The Raben Group manages all aspects of the CEF coalition, including advocacy, press outreach, membership retention and development, events, weekly updates, and weekly membership meetings.  Principal Joel Packer, in addition to serving his other education clients, also serves as CEF’s Executive Director.

Joel’s expertise in education budget and policy issues immediately led to an improved image for CEF and an increase in membership.  Our team has helped to significantly raise the frequency and quality of communications, issuing updates at least weekly that summarize and analyze congressional and Obama Administration activities. 

The firm has also increased CEF’s credibility and visibility with policymakers and the media. As Executive Director, Joel has been quoted in numerous media outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, Marketplace, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Education Week, Education Daily, and The National Review. 

We have arranged for key Hill and Administration officials to speak at CEF meetings, including staff from the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Senate HELP Committee and the House Education and Labor and Budget Committees.  Our team also coordinated the development and release of CEF’s detailed 72-page response to President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget.  

Our team strongly emphasizes the use of Twitter and other social media for CEF.  We have posted several thousand Tweets on behalf of CEF on education funding issues, including live Tweeting from congressional hearings. 


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