In 1982, California’s school system experienced major budget deficits. Classes long considered foundational to K-12 education – classes like art, music, home ec, workshop, and even PE – were being cut from classroom instruction.
In response, a group of local educators, business leaders, parents, and community activists gathered to devise their own funding solutions for Petaluma area schools. The outcome was the creation of the Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF), a privately funded, non-profit organization committed to creating diverse, creative, and impactful education opportunities for our city’s youth.
Today, PEF supports more than 13,000 students annually across 38 K-12 public, private, and charter schools. Join us and become part of the PEF legacy supporting the students of yesterday, today, and tomorrow to build a brighter future for generations to come.
PEF’s vision is to create impactful educational opportunities for all students in our community.
PEF’s mission is to fund programs that promote critical thinking, creativity, student well-being, and lifelong learning. We work closely with public, private, and charter schools throughout our district to craft impact grants and promote scholarships that align with PEF’s goals, while taking into account each school’s and each student’s unique needs.
Petaluma Educational Foundation incorporated September 30, 1982.
PEF files first 990 Tax Return, Gross Receipts = $20,377; PEF Logo Contest winner announced: Jim Balshaw, Casa Grande High School.
First PEF Grants: $18,000 awarded in “mini-grants” – limit $500
PEF Mission expanded to include all schools, including St Vincent’s schools.
PEF files second 990 Tax Return, Gross Receipts = $120,377
First scholarships awarded in the amount of $12,350 Invest in Education launched to fund grants in schools
First PEF Grants: $29,000 awarded in “mini-grants” – limit $1500
PEF has awarded more than $8.4 million to our students and schools
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, please click the button below to contact us.