Who We Are

 Message from James S. Gavrilos, President/CEO

“He who opens a school door closes a prison.”
Victor Hugo (1772-1821)


Since 1984, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County has connected the business and philanthropic sector to the world of public education.    Today, innovative programs funded by the Education Foundation and our Champions of Education are impacting the lives of over 122,000 students here in the School District of Palm Beach County.  From Robotics Programs that are awakening students in Pahokee and the Glades to potential careers in S.T.E.M., to Literacy Programs that use Multi-Sensory Strategies to teach reading skills to our most vulnerable students, Education Foundation Programs are making an impact.  S.T.E.M., Literacy, College Readiness and Career Readiness are all areas in which Education Foundation Programs are making a difference.

In 2015-2016, the Education Foundation launched Red Apple Supplies to ensure that our teachers would no longer have to spend their own resources to provide school supplies for their students.  Beginning with our highest-need schools, Red Apple Supplies is steadily expanding so that one day soon no teacher in Palm Beach County will ever again have to dip into their own resources to buy the supplies their students need in order to learn, grow and develop.

Led by a dynamic, fully engaged Board of Directors, the dedicated staff of the Education Foundation works tirelessly to identify new programs and the business and philanthropic partners that will fund them.  We invite you to join us.  A society has no greater or more sacred task than the education of its youth.  As a wise man once said: “Children make up 20% of our population, but 100% of our future.  Our Champions of Education who are listed on this website have already stepped up to ensure the future.  Will you?  

“A little bit of light pushes away a lot of darkness”
Jewish Proverb