Mission/History

Mission

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is the nexus of Palm Beach County public-school system, the private sector, and the community. The Education Foundation facilitates student achievement by supporting high-quality public education through partnerships, grants, events, and public awareness.

History

Established in 1984 by Palm Beach County business leaders, the Education Foundation serves as the philanthropic support organization for K-12 public education and partners closely with the School District of Palm Beach County and the greater business and charitable community to fund programs that close achievement gaps in learning and that create positive, measurable change for students.  This is accomplished by using the funding to provide innovative classroom grants as well as providing quality professional development to foster excellence in teaching. 

Through a unique matching grant program, the Education Foundation works with corporate and private investors to fund innovative projects and curriculum that improve literacy and grade-level performance, increase graduation rates, support STEM and career academies and target support to low-performing students and schools.

We all know that children succeed in school when they have all the tools, resources and support they need in order to achieve. That is why the Red Apple Supplies (RAS) program was created as a free school supply store that serves the highest-needs Title I Schools throughout Palm Beach County. ​ RAS is the signature program of the Education Foundation. Since opening the doors to RAS only 3 years ago (in 2016), over $1 million in free school supplies have been provided to teachers and students throughout Palm Beach County.