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The Petaluma Educational Foundation invites members of our community, including individuals, foundations and corporations to make gifts and grants in support of all 38 local public, charter, and not for profit private schools in the Petaluma area. Contributions in any amount are welcome, and will make an impact for generations of local students.

For information concerning donations to further a specific initiative, please contact Maureen Highland at maureen@pefinfo.com or 707-778-4632.

Your impact

Your gift will support a variety of curriculum-based programs across all academic focus areas including STEAM, Literacy, Health & Nutrition, Student-Well Being, and the Arts.
Areas of focus for PEF impact grants include: literacy/language arts, math/science, fine arts, vocational education/lifeskills, athletics, nutrition, and wellbeing and steam STEM.
PEF awards scholarships to seniors graduating from all seven area Petaluma high schools who plan to attend two or four year colleges or vocational training.
We are focused on educating all children in our community by creating a solid academic foundation from which they can build their lives.
More than four decades of sound financial management and transparency provides the framework for expanding our impact on student learning for generations to come.

Other ways you can donate

You are part of the future of PEF and can help provide direct support for innovative and engaging curriculum-based programs in the classroom for the students throughout Petaluma. Your partnership is essential to guarantee these resources for generations to come. Together we will keep our students and community moving forward through the mission of the Petaluma Educational Foundation.

  • Online, Phone, or Mail

    To donate to the Petaluma Educational Foundation simply click any of the DONATE ribbons or tabs on this site to be directed to our secure online payment page. You are also welcome to call our office at 707.778.4632 to make a donation with your credit card. If you prefer to mail your donation, our address is 200 Douglas Street, Petaluma CA 94952.

  • Recurring Giving

    Establish a recurring monthly gift to make a sustained difference for our students. Your online donation is secure and flexible. You choose the amount you wish to give each month, and you can change, or cancel, your pledge at any time. Sign Up now and make your first donation by credit card online.

  • Planned Giving: Wills, Trusts, Gift Annuities, Insurance, IRA’s

    Planned gifts can come in many forms, each with important tax benefits. We encourage you to discuss your options with your attorney, financial advisor, or CPA. Learn how this type of donation will create a lasting legacy for local education while fitting into your financial, tax, or estate planning goals.

  • Managed Funds

    When you contribute to Managed Funds, your donation will be prudently invested to grow over time. You may donate any amount to an existing fund or establish your own with a minimum donation of $250. You may endow funds of $10,000 or more. We work diligently to maintain a credible and fiduciary-focused board that reflects the diversity of our community

  • Memorial and Honor Giving

    A donation to the Petaluma Educational Foundation is a thoughtful and meaningful way to celebrate the importance of education in the lives of students and educators. Gifts can be made to recognize milestones, to express appreciation, or in memory of a loved one. Once your gift is received, PEF will promptly send a card to the honoree or family acknowledging your gift.

  • Employer Gift Match

    Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employee engagement with local charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours or match contributions dollar for dollar. Some will even double or triple the amount of your gift. Please inquire with your company’s Human Resources or Community Outreach department on how you can leverage your gift to create even more impact for the organizations, like PEF, and programs you feel passionate about.

  • Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

    Are you of the age where the IRA Charitable rollover is a tax-smart and increasingly popular way to support an organization like PEF? Contact us today at (707) 778-4632 or maureen@pefinfo.com to learn how your gift will create opportunities for generations of local students to follow their dreams. Please consult your accountant or financial advisor for specific benefits based upon your personal plan.

  • Gift of Stocks and Securities

    When you give stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares that you have held for a year or longer, the IRS allows you to make your gift without recognizing capital gains on the appreciation, in add-on to a tax deduction as allowed by law. Contact us today at (707) 778-4632 or maureen@pefinfo.com to learn how PEF’s Investment Advisory team at Exchange Bank can manage the transfer. Please consult your accountant or financial advisor for specific benefits based upon your personal plan.

  • IRA Charitable Rollover

    Are you of the age where the IRA Charitable rollover is a tax-smart and increasingly popular way to support an organization like PEF? Contact us today at (707) 778-4632 or maureen@pefinfo.com to learn how your gift will create opportunities for generations of local students to follow their dreams. Please consult your accountant or financial advisor for specific benefits based upon your personal plan.