About Our Organization

Mission

The Georgetown Education Foundation is dedicated to providing expanded opportunities and experiences to the students of the Georgetown Public Schools. Our mission is to support innovative programs in order to encourage, demonstrate and recognize excellence in our schools for the benefit of students of all aspirations and abilities.

History

The Georgetown Education Foundation (GEF) was formally organized in 1991 as the “Georgetown Public Education Foundation”. It was formed as a broad-based community wide strategy to create funding sources to supplement our public schools, but not replace tax-based revenues. The GEF founders felt it was necessary to further strengthen the community support base for the public schools, particularly after the passage of Proposition 2 ½ during the 1980’s  and the resulting reduction in state and federal funding.

Objectives

  • Encourage and enhance creative and innovative educational programs
  • Provide monetary support for program implementation
  • Recognize outstanding achievement by teachers
  • Improve and expand the professional development of staff
  • Serve as an advocate for the Georgetown Public Schools
  • Strengthen the alliance between the schools and the business and civic communities

Goals

  • Provide annual grant cycle to fund supplemental opportunities in Science, Technology and the Arts
  • Acquire additional  funding through public and private grants

Privacy Policy

The Georgetown Education Foundation (GEF) is committed to protecting the privacy of our web site visitors, members and donors. Personal information gathered by the GEF will be kept confidential subject to the following exceptions:

  • The GEF may share contact information with other non-profit organizations that are partnering with the GEF on specific events.
  • The GEF will transmit credit card and contact information to our credit card processing service as required to complete transactions. The transmission of such information will be by secure encrypted channel only.

Return Policy

  • Donations to the GEF are fully refundable for 7 calendar days after the date of the donation. The donor must contact the GEF in writing within this period to request a refund.
  • Tickets to GEF events are fully refundable for 7 calendars days after the date of purchase except that no refunds will be given within 14 days of the event. The donor must contact the GEF in writing within this period to request a refund.
  • Purchases at GEF events are non refundable.

What is the Mission of the Georgetown Education Foundation (GEF)?

Founded in 1991, the Georgetown Education Foundation is dedicated to providing expanded opportunities and experiences to the students of the Georgetown Public Schools. Our mission is to support innovative programs in order to encourage, demonstrate and recognize excellence in our schools for the benefit of students of all aspirations and abilities.

What programs are supported by the GEF?

Through grants, the GEF helps supplement programs related to technology, new teaching techniques, and arts and science.

How is the GEF governed?

The members of the GEF elect a Board of Directors who in turn, appoints the officers. The Board consists of 14 members who serve staggered three-year terms. Officers serve one-year terms. The Board oversees several subcommittees, including grant review, capital fundraising, strategic planning, and communications.

Are my donations tax deductible?

Yes. As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations to the GEF are tax deductible and may be eligible for matching contributions from your company.

What has the GEF done recently to help the schools?

The GEF co-sponsored the Links for Learning Golf Tournament, resulting in replacing the Penn Brook technology lab. In addition, the GEF entered into a relationship with Educational Networks to develop the school’s website and on-line shopping mall. Other functions included a GMHS band/chorus CD. There are several other new and exciting events being developed for the future.

What are the future priorities of the GEF?

The GEF’s future priorities include funding certain initiatives in the District Strategic Plan that includes, but is not limited to, technology upgrades, smart classrooms, science programs and fairs, and other projects consistent with our mission.

How do I become a member?

Complete an application and submit it to a Board member. There are no annual dues and our members are responsible electing our Board of Directors at our annual meeting.

Andy Lee

Art Osborn

Dave Maglio

Treasurer

Kristen Machiavelli

Secretary

Pam Berube

Kendra Church