The Ed. Fund was founded in 1983 by a group of dedicated parents who wanted to ensure that classrooms had the resources they lost as a result of Proposition 13. That year, The Ed. Fund raised $3,000 in grants, and gave $3,000 away in mini-grants to teachers. Since then, The Ed. Fund has been the major partner to the West Contra Costa Unified School District to infuse resources into schools, classrooms, and after school programs. The Ed. Fund has always given funds directly to teachers and students to ensure their success.
The Ed. Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax identification number is
We advocate for excellence in education. We assist schools in providing high-quality learning experiences, we promote community engagement and investment in education, and we support student access to educational opportunities.
The Ed. Fund runs 8 programs. A description of their accomplishments in the 2011-2012 school year are outlined:
- Arts & Music
- Awarded $4,000 to Education through Music-Bay Area to provide music education in 4 WCCUSD elementary schools.
- Will honor 4 excellent teachers from the district at The Ed. Fund's 24th annual Excellence in Education Gala, held on May 18, 2012.
- College Access Initiative
- Developed network of over 25 private, public and government agencies to increase college access and success of West County students.
- Fiscal Sponsorship
- Serves as fiscal sponsor for almost a dozen agencies which do not have
501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
- Awarded 74 mini-grants totaling $50,000 to fund projects across the district.
- Out-of-School Time Initiative
- Identified needs in the West County's after-school and summer programming and assembled agencies to better coordinate and address those needs.
- Will award $200,000 in college scholarships to up to 85 seniors graduating from WCCUSD in 2012.
- Teacher Ambassador
- Assembled Linked Learning Academy teachers from across the district provide professional development and improve student outcomes.
- Awarding over $2,000,000 in grants and programs directly to schools
- Giving $525,000 in college scholarships since 2002
- Providing resources to over 5,000 educators
- Convening over 25 public, private and government agencies to form the West County College Access Network
- Serving as the nonprofit umbrella for over 50 education-focused community groups