Who We Are
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that promotes excellence in the Santa Cruz City Schools by supporting programs that develop creative, capable and engaged learners so that all students can achieve their full potential. The Santa Cruz Education Foundation (SCEF) supports our schools through advocacy, outreach and fundraising.
We believe that every child deserves an excellent neighborhood school.
Current Board Members
President: Olga de Santa Anna
Vice President: Matt Farrell
Treasurer: Laura Jones
Secretary: Angela Dobkin
Member: Gretchen Bach
Member: Fred Gawlick
Member: Rosa Martinez
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is a community organization promoting excellence in Santa Cruz City Schools by developing and enhancing programs so that all students can realize their full potential.
The Foundation raises private funds to support a wide range of programs in Santa Cruz public schools so that students are exposed to a diverse and rich public education. The amount of money distributed by the Foundation is not dependent upon enrollment or government funding. Rather, it depends upon the contributions of local citizens and businesses.
Excellence in public education – for everyone!
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation works to ensure that every one of the 7,000 students at our 10 campuses, in kindergarten through high school, has an outstanding educational experience.
- To educate the community about the critical funding needs of public education.
- To offer financial support for existing and new cultural, academic and other educational programs.
- To become the focus of district-wide fundraising for Santa Cruz City Schools.
- To provide a continuous funding source for programs that inspire all students to succeed.
The Santa Cruz Education Foundation was formed in 2003 by a diverse group of parents, educators and community leaders. We believe in great neighborhood schools, open and accessible to all children in our community. The Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of Santa Cruz City Schools by raising private money to augment declining government funding.
Although other area organizations raise funds for specific groups of students, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to serving all students in Santa Cruz City Schools.