About PEF


The Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) was established in 1982.

Our Mission: Every child has a dream. PEF creates community partnerships to fulfill these dreams. We believe in them. We empower them. Together, we invest in their future.

PEF Grant and Scholarship programs enhance and enrich the academic experience of more than 12,000+ students annually in Petaluma’s 38 public, charter, and not-for-profit private schools. PEF receives no public funding. The Foundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations. In addition, PEF manages Alphabet Soup Benefit Thrift Stores located in the heart of downtown Petaluma. All proceeds from Alphabet Soup support the mission of PEF in our community. Petaluma Educational Foundation is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID is #94-2847212.

Since 1983, the PEF Impact Grant Program has given $3,583,182 to teachers, administrators, and parents to fund projects not covered in the school budget. The purpose of our annual Impact Grant Program is to reward innovative academic programs and foster excellence in education benefiting all Petaluma area students. During the 2018-19 school year, PEF awarded $200,614 in grants supporting in a variety of academic focus areas.

The Petaluma Educational Foundation is honored to manage 66 scholarship funds for donors through the PEF Scholarship Program.  Donors provide the Foundation with clear criteria for selecting recipients. In 2018, PEF proudly to present a total of 338 awards to 258 students in the amount of $219,150 to seniors graduating from all seven Petaluma high schools. This, combined with our previous financial awards, brings the cumulative total to $3,576,394 awarded since the program started in 1990.


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Scholarships for High School Graduates

Managed Funds

PEF manages over $4,337,983 (as of December 2018) in pool investment and endowed funds with clear directions as to how the funds will benefit the school(s) in Petaluma. We also manage component funds for school-related organizations and clubs. With funding for our schools uncertain, the role PEF plays is more important than ever.


  • “Fund the Future” donations for PEF Impact Grants
  • Annual and Event Partnerships
  • Endowments to establish educational programs or scholarships


Be Involved/Volunteer/Donate

Alphabet Soup Thrift Stores: volunteer/shop/donate

Friends of PEF: all volunteers welcome!

PEF’s Annual Partners for Education

Positively impacting our teachers and students every day of the year!

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