Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a platform and home for innovative and equitable public education programming that would otherwise go unrealized. In collaboration with dedicated educators, school leaders, and program directors, BEDF expands the boundaries of public K-12 to include opportunities that lead to student success both in the classroom and in their communities. 

In the last ten years, Boston Education Fund has secured and managed more than $108 million in funds, through its deep and proven experience in cultivating and stewarding a vibrant network of private individuals, foundations, and corporations. This philanthropic support and engagement is pivotal to sustaining educational enrichment opportunities for all Boston Public Schools students and families and ensuring their sustained success .

Supporting Vital Programs

BEDF’s commitment to improving public education opportunities across Boston has been proven through our track-record of developing and sustaining key relationships with private and foundational donors and grant-making agencies  Among the portfolio of programs that BEDF-secured funds have made possible are:

In-school programs that serve as coordinated support structures allowing students to achieve academic and social success in their schools and their communities.

Out-of-school programs that provide students with a work-conducive environment to complete their homework, socialize and collaborate with their peers, and participate in enriching extracurricular activities within the school environment.

Career readiness programs designed to help students excel in post-secondary educational programs and successfully integrate into the workforce.

The Human Capital Initiative, which has enabled schools to increase their rate of early hiring each year and has allowed them to better compete for uniquely talented and diverse educators.

Early Education programs such as the Boston K1DS three-year demonstration project that expanded the successful BPS preschool model in 14 community-based programs

Fiscal Sponsorship Services

In addition to managing funds to support critical programs and paving the way for educational and vocational opportunities, BEDF also provides Fiscal Sponsorship services including general management, financial, administrative, staffing and fundraising services to privately funded programs in order to maximize their operating capacity, facilitate their timely implementation and ensure proper compliance and reporting to funders.

Fundraising Support

BEDF is proud to support individual schools and district-spanning initiatives in both grass-roots, community based fundraising campaigns and educational grant identification and procurement. BEDF assists in the grant writing process through training in refining narratives, creating budget templates, and identifying and sourcing experienced grant writers. BEDF also provides an online platform that allows schools to host fundraising campaigns and collect donations.