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Fund the Future & Foster Excellence

The kids at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley are thinking outside the box. Or should we say, blocks?

Thanks to PEF’s Fund the Future Impact Grant, MCSCV created a one-of-a-kind cooperative STEAM playground. Now recess is filled with impactful play opportunities where kids can feed their curiosity, problem-solve, and build social skills that will serve them long after their elementary school days are behind them.

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Meet Isabel

For Isabel, the idea of attending college seemed like a distant dream.

Thanks to PEF’s scholarship program, Isabel was able to graduate from UC Davis with a major in Art Studio and a minor in Chicano/a studies. Discover how you can help students like Isabel realize their dreams.

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Meet Blake

Blake attended McNear Elementary, Petaluma Junior High, and Petaluma High School – all of which received many PEF impact grants in his time there.

"Looking back, I realize how much that funding enriched my education. Growing up there were always caring educators that had an impact on my professional journey. Today, I work in my preferred industry of professional baseball, as a Minor League Bullpen Catcher & Coaching Apprentice for the Houston Astros. I am certain the resources PEF provided helped me get to where I am today.”

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Who We Are

The Petaluma Educational Foundation is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to creating impactful education opportunities within our local schools. Learn how you can become part of PEF and contribute to our legacy of lifelong learning.


Scholarship Program

Support students in realizing their dreams with a scholarship that will extend their learning beyond high school.


Fund the Future

Empower schools with impact grants that help level the playing field for students of all abilities and backgrounds.


Planned Giving

Make your mark on the community with endowments that build new educational opportunities and brighten our students’ futures.


Managed Funds

PEF manages over $5 million in endowed and Invested funds with clear donor direction as to how the funds will benefit Petaluma students and schools. Donate today and watch your impact grow for years to come.


We are a community of educators, students, and activists who are deeply committed to giving Petaluma’s youth the best opportunities to learn, grow, and build a better future. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or Petaluma resident, there are lots of ways you can make an impact.


"Without the PEF’s support throughout my education and the pledge of financial assistance through PEF scholarships, I would not have been able to achieve my academic dreams. Now it is my time to give back and help others embrace all the opportunities their futures hold."

Isabel M., PHS Class of 2010

Meet our annual Partners for Education

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Our community partners place education at the top of their philanthropic passions. That’s why they work with PEF to ensure that their generous donations have the greatest impact on Petaluma’s schools and students. To learn more about how your organization can support local education initiatives and help fund our community’s future through our year-round partnership program, please click the button below to contact us.

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