Without a doubt, it is the undisputed truth that educational foundations (the human dynamos) on the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County are invaluable to their local schools and communities. The dependability and continuity in which the educational foundations operate is impeccable! Let’s read on to find out more as to how these foundations assist their communities in the education process of providing those supplies and funding for programs and activities that otherwise schools, students and teachers would have to do without.
Starting with the county to the north on the Treasure Coast, we find the Educational Foundation of Indian River County, a leader in local education with an astounding track record as proof. Making Education the Foundation of the Community…..Today and Always is what the IRC Foundation thrives on as they provide pencils and notebooks to succeed in the classroom – shoes and socks to participate in all school activities – new digital content to open exciting worlds – scientific competition to inspire curiosity and critical thinking – teacher grants to engage learning – school grants to provide technology – financial opportunities to achieve higher education – endless possibilities with unlimited benefits for all students.
With focus of the 2014-2015 School Year, the St. Lucie Education Foundation in October 2014 presents Emily McNutt, Program Coordinator for the St. Lucie Education Foundation, discussing programs such as Adopt-A-Class and Coupons for Classrooms that help support teachers and their students. September 2014 – Lauren Monroe, a 5th grade teacher at Allapattah Flats K-8, and Heather Herbst, an Intensive Reading Teacher at St. Lucie West Centennial High, talk about the grants they received last year from the St. Lucie Education Foundation and encourage their colleagues to apply for grants that can help students in their classrooms and schools, as well; also, learn about the school-wide fundraising program, Coupons for Classrooms. August 2014 – Dr. Mark Rendell, Deputy Superintendent, and Dr. Kevin Perry, Assistant to the Superintendent, for St. Lucie Public Schools, discussed the upcoming events and on-going programs that the St. Lucie Education Foundation offers. Grants, Adopt-a-Class, and the employee recognition ceremony, Night of the Stars, are just a few ways to support students and teachers in the district.
The Education Foundation of Martin County has developed many educational enrichment programs to provide extraordinary opportunities to the students and teachers in Martin County’s public schools. These programs include, but are not limited to the following: STEAM Initiative, Professional Development, Art in Public Places – Student participation/Educational Component Intervention Programs for Struggling Students, Teacher Recognition, Classroom Enrichment Grants, Elementary Robotics Program, Artist Residencies, Literacy Resources, Internships, Service Learning, Career Tech Experiences, Scholarships, Elementary Book Bowl (these resources exceed the funding capabilities of the school board).
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County works at the ground level, helping bring the community together to smooth out educational issues and create bright futures. The foundation offers programs and creates events that are meant to unify and work for the greater good. On August 16, the Gardens Mall donated 5% of the day’s logged sales to the Education Foundation to support K-12 public education in Palm Beach County. The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is planning a 5K, Kids Fun Run which will include entertainment, samples of the best local food and much more on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Proceeds from this race will go toward classroom and teacher grants. One Give Campaign: If every PBC employee gave just one dollar per pay to the Education Foundation through payroll deductions, we’d be able to make a huge impact on our educational community through scholarships, classroom grants and other services that promote and encourage Palm Beach County students. Together employees could raise $528,000 a year to help our students. We hope you’ll give just one for the kids. Distinguished Alumni Awards: This event honors distinguished alumni who are noted in their field of endeavor or recognized for their expertise and good works by their peers and others. Awards are presented in six categories: Education, Communications / Entertainment/Arts, Government/Public Service, Business/Legal, Athletics and STEM/Health.
See list below containing further information on Treasure Coast and PBC education foundations and flowers to each, symbolic of the beauty they bring into students’ and teachers’ lives year after year.
REF: Websites from Treasure Coast and PBC Educational Foundations
The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC)
The Education Foundation of Indian River County (EF-IRC) exists to fulfill unmet funding gaps. For over 20 years our program services have been focused on enriching and enhancing educational opportunities for all students and teachers, both public and private, through effective fundraising and efficient allocation of resources.
The EF-IRC is one of only ten education foundations in the State of Florida to serve both public and private school students. This unique structure, as an independent 501c3, allows the organization to direct funding where it is needed most to build a better community. This ensures educational opportunities for every Pre-K through 12th grade student in Indian River County.
We need your help to make education the foundation of our community. Ninety percent of our funding comes from private donations and grants. This structure enables the EF-IRC to respond quickly by designating funding directly into the classroom, thus avoiding the delays that often come with restricted dollars. Your financial gift great or small will make a difference to students and teachers.
The St. Lucie County Education Foundation
The St. Lucie County Education Foundation advances K-12 public education in St. Lucie County by increasing the capacity and resources of the district in partnership with key stakeholders.
- Our local Education Foundation serves as the conduit for private sector investment and community involvement in our public schools.
- The SLC Education Foundation serves as the primary link between local education and regional, statewide and national donors.
- The SLC Education Foundation leverages these relationships for the benefit of local education, creating partnerships with businesses and organizations that impact students in the classroom and strengthen cooperation between the private sector and our public schools.
In 1984, the Florida Legislature passed a law allowing school districts to create local education foundations to raise private funds for programs to support students, teachers and public schools in their respective districts. In 1990, the St. Lucie County Education Foundation was organized as a direct support organization of the St. Lucie County School Board.
- Out of 67 school districts, there are currently 60 local education foundations across the state and 55 are members of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation.
- More than 1,100 community leaders serve on local education foundation boards with 73% of these volunteers from the private sector.
Our education foundation shares in increasing businesses and community interest, involvement and investment in our public schools as a strategy for increasing student achievement.
As a 501© 3 public non-profit corporation, the SLC Education Foundation is guided by specific bylaws and governed by an executive board of directors.
Education Foundation of Martin County
Mission Statement: The mission of the Education Foundation of Martin County is to enrich and enhance educational opportunities for all students and teachers, in the Martin County School District, through effective fundraising efforts, positive collaborative partnerships, innovative programming, and efficient allocation of resources.
About us: The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community investment organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials with the common goal of enriching and enhancing the quality of education for students and educators in Martin County’s public schools.
The Foundation strives to increase community involvement and financial support of the educational process, encourage effective instruction, strengthen student motivation, promote academic achievement, and create initiatives that support dedicated and creative teachers; thus, supporting excellence in education!
As an independent group, the Foundation promotes this effort by raising and distributing private and corporate funds through several established programs including classroom enrichment grants, mentoring programs, professional development for teachers, special initiatives, scholarships, and programs to recognize outstanding teaching. These resources exceed the funding capabilities of the school board.
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County
Advancing excellence in public education by increasing public awareness and sustaining community support for programs focused on Learning, Literacy and Leadership. Founded in 1984, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County’s public education by increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership. With the support it receives from contributions and grants, the Education Foundation provides resources for innovative programs to improve academic achievement. Governed by a Board of Directors, the Foundation employs an Executive Director, Program Director and Development Director, who oversee fundraising, programs and recognition events.
The Education Foundation serves as a conduit for private sector investment and community involvement in our public schools. We leverage these relationships for the benefit of our public schools and create partnerships with businesses and funders that affect students in the classroom and strengthen cooperation between the private sector and our public schools.
We invest in programs not funded through tax dollars, including student scholarships, mentoring and other dropout prevention strategies, teacher quality and recognition programs, classroom grants, literacy improvement strategies, technical/career education initiatives, and targeted support for low=performing students and schools.