Students are the True Winners at the 7th Annual Heroes for Education Run Walk on Halloween Morning

The results of the Heroes for Education Run Walk are in, and clearly public education is the winner! More than 1,000 runners, students, teachers, district employees, volunteers, families, and many friends gathered at John Prince Park in Lake Worth to raise awareness and funds for students and teachers in Palm Beach County Public Schools. The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County raised more than $75,000 thanks to the support of the community.


The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the nonprofit organization a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the third consecutive year the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County has earned this top distinction.

88 Grants Awarded Totaling Over $178,000 in Support of Teacher Innovation for Palm Beach County Classrooms

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County welcomed top educators and community partners to the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 to celebrate the 2021-2022 GoTeach! Classroom Grant Awards which honored teachers who collectively received $178,723.93 in grant funding for their innovative for projects that will inspire classrooms, grade levels and schools through The School District of Palm Beach County.

Board of Director: Michael Kohner - Commitment to Excellence

As a CPA, Michael L. Kohner is committed to precision and accuracy.  As a business leader in our community, he is committed to excellence.  Michael Kohner, Principal in Charge at HBK CPAs & Consultants, as well as a longtime member of the Board of Directions for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, takes excellence one step further to include philanthropy.   

The Honda Classic - Swinging into Action to Support Palm Beach County

Serving children in Palm Beach County is what drives The Honda Classic and The Honda Classic Cares team. Leading the course is Ken Kennerly, Executive Director, and Andrew George, Tournament Director, whose combined vision is to continue to grow the event and provide greater support for our entire community.

Champion of Education: PNC

In the financial world, much advice is given that if you invest early on, be consistent and attentive, you have a significant opportunity to watch what you planted grow beyond your expectations. We see this through stock and investment portfolios. At PNC, they believe in more than that. With a strategic focus to improve the quality of life and bring economic empowerment to the communities where they live, work, and serve, they strongly believe kids deserve to “grow up great”!

Board of Director: Ed Tierney, Semper Fi!

For 19 years, Ed Tierney has faithfully served The School District of Palm Beach County.  Prior to his years in education, Ed served his country as a Marine for nine year.  His passion, dedication, professionalism and faithfulness was the cornerstone for his leadership style that transformed a school and now a community. 

Champion of Education: Boca West Children's Foundation

When a community comes together to focus on the needs of children, amazing things happen.  This is where we see champions step forward. One of our dedicated champions, with a heart to care and serve our youth, is the Boca West Children’s Foundation (BWCF).  Read more about this Champion.

Board of Director: Alan Baseman, Perspective... and a Smile Can Make a World of Difference

Alan Baseman, Partner at Comiter, Singer, Baseman and Braun LLC is this month's Board of Director Spotlight.  The right perspective and smile can make a world of difference.

Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Receives AT&T Foundation Grant for Students to Experience 'STEM@Work'

Jupiter Middle Engineering Academy's Rocket Build and Launch program is engaging over fifty 7th and 8th grade students in building and launching rockets through their engineering course and STEM Club. Students are learning first-hand information from experts in the field regarding careers in engineering, software development, information technology, and quality control.

Champion of Education: NAI Merin Hunter Codman

Drive around Palm Beach County and admire the skyline of office buildings that make up much of the county’s corporate scenery. Finding just the right location to do business is essential and NAI/Merin Hunter Codman helps their clients do just that. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is one of South Florida’s leading commercial real estate firms and the largest firm in Palm Beach County, Florida with over three decades of experience advising clients on strategic acquisitions and dispositions and providing landlord representation, tenant representation, property management and construction management services.

Education Foundation Board of Director: Sophia A. Nelson, Honoring A Friend, Serving the Community

A few years ago, the late Ed Tancer called to share with the Foundation a “powerhouse” as a recommendation for consideration to the Education Foundation’s Board of Directors.  He introduced us to Ms. Sophia Nelson.  And five minutes into the first conversation with Sophia, it was apparent the Foundation had found a Board Member!  The President and CEO of S.A. Nelson and Associates since 2016, Sophia’s natural energy and enthusiasm inspires others around her.

Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Receives Foundation Grant to Support Digital Inclusion for Students in Palm Beach County

The School District of Palm Beach County’s students and teachers are benefiting from a partnership with Verizon this year, one that seeks to bridge the digital divide. Through an investment and grant contribution made to the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, teachers and students in 63 Title 1 schools will have access to the Foundation’s Red Apple Supplies Store’s first ever Digital Inclusion Section.

Red Apple Supplies Expands Services with a New Truck

The Education Foundation is proud to announce a second vehicle has joined the fleet at Red Apple Supplies. An investment in public-education from The Honda Classic, Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, and the Batchelor Foundation contributed to the success in obtaining this 14’ box truck.

The School Bell - April 2021

Celebrating our Heroes for Education During National Volunteer Month; Foundation Board Member Frank Compiani: Unstoppable; EFPBC Annual Report; Supporting Our Schools - Red Apple Supplies Teacher Orientation; Program Spotlight - Closing the Achievement Gap with AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination); Take the School District Strategic Plan Survey; Champions of Education Spotlight:  The Breakers;  Connecting Kids in the Community through Digital Inclusion; The Ed Tancer Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Community Leadership Award Recipients; Invest in your Child's Future with a Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan.

Champion of Education: The Breakers

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is honored to partner with The Breakers as a Champion of Education to support the next generation of leaders here in Palm Beach County.  

Board of Director: Frank Compiani, Unstoppable

Frank Compiani has been the bedrock of Palm Beach County’s Business and Philanthropic Community. Frank has accomplished much in the 43 years he's served the community. 

Palm Beach Lakes HS Fire Science Academy Anticipates its First Graduate this May

The partnership between business and education is vital to the workforce pipeline. Through a collaborative partnership between the Education Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and the School District of Palm Beach County, the Fire Science Academy was formed at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School in 2018.  Three years later, the school will celebrate its first graduate from the program this May.

Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Receives Florida Lottery Lighting the Way to a Bright Future Grant

The $4,000 grant contribution from the Florida Lottery will fund Raiders Rock the SAT: Growing College Ready in a Virtual World, a pilot program at Glades Central Community High School is providing over four hundred junior and senior students, many of whom will be first generation high school graduates, the opportunity to participate in a rigorous SAT preparation program to increase their skills.

Champion of Education: LexisNexis®  Risk Solutions

“What does your company do?”  It’s a typical question asked when business leaders get together.  When you work for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, you can proudly say: “We have a global reach…while also making a tremendous impact locally!”  Long known as the industry leader in providing solutions and tools with advanced technology and analytics to assist customers in evaluating risk and enhancing efficiency, employees of LexisNexis are also committed to community involvement.

Board of Director: Kelly Smallridge, Palm Beach County Graduate with Decades of Impact

On January 15th, Kelly Smallridge was named Woman of the Year by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce.  When Kelly’s name was announced, there was a collective celebration, appreciation and admiration in the audience. This latest of her many awards and accolades simply acknowledges what we have all known: Kelly Smallridge is The Woman of the Year for All Years!

2021 School District of PBC Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

The Education Foundation proudly partnered with the School District of Palm Beach County which recognized top educational leaders during the one hour virtual celebration last Thursday, January 28th.  

Kelly Smallridge Named Woman of the Year; Foundation Staff Member Honored

Congratulations to Kelly Smallridge, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Board of Director and President of the Business Development Board,  named 2020 Woman of the Year by the North Palm Chamber of Commerce.

Carrier Supports HVAC-R Academy at Royal Palm Beach Community High School to Help Develop the Next Generation of HVAC Professionals

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. and the Palm Beach County Schools Department of Choice & Career Options are pleased to announce that Carrier has awarded a 1-year grant in support of Royal Palm Beach Community High School’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy (HVAC-R).

Champion of Education: Aerojet Rocketdyne

When you see a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, there is a good chance Aerojet Rocketdyne played an integral role in ‘lift off’.   This company, with locations across the nation, including right here in Palm Beach County,  is one of the Education Foundation’s Champions of Education that supports “launching” students into STEM and a promising future by generously supporting various STEM-related programs and initiatives.   

UnitedHealthcare partners with EFPBC to recognize School District of Palm Beach County Wellness Champions

On Thursday, December 3rd, James J. Moore, UnitedHealthcare Executive and Education Foundation (EFPBC) Board member, joined Carlye Fabrikant with the SDPBC Wellness Taskforce to award the inaugural Monthly Prize for Wellness Excellence to Dr. McKnight, Principal and her team at West Rivera Elementary.  

Jim Moore and UnitedHealthCare: A Whirlwind of Activity…the Steady Heartbeat of Commitment

Attend any function or activity of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (OR the School District…OR numerous other charities for that matter…) and you are guaranteed to see one thing:  A quiet leader, usually in a bow tie…doing whatever is needed to help our teachers, students and schools.  Jim Moore, Board Member, Volunteer, and DJ Extraordinaire has set the standard for community involvement.

Bank of America Names Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc. 2020 Neighborhood Builders®

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc. have been named as the 2020 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for Palm Beach County. The nonprofits were selected for their work in the Palm Beach community addressing issues fundamental to economic mobility, specifically, in helping close achievement gaps in learning, creating positive, measurable change for students, and preventing homelessness for hard-working, low-income families.

U.S. Sugar:  The "Sweetness" of Charity Begins Locally!

In the last few years, “Corporate Social Responsibility” has become a topic for many companies.  They look to “do the right thing” and make an impact in their local community. Committees are formed, task forces assigned…and employee volunteer engagement is encouraged.  For some companies however, Corporate Social Responsibility is nothing new…it is embedded in their very DNA.  U.S. Sugar is one of those companies. 

Education Foundation Board of Director Marty Cass:  A Passion for Education… A Heart for the Community 

Every now and then, we meet people in whose very DNA is embedded passion…passion for a cause and a desire to make the community better.  Marty Cass is one of those individuals.   For over ten years, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (EFPBC) as well as serving as Chair of the Development Committee to raise funds to support EFPBC initiatives.  But his commitment to education had a much earlier start.