TRENTON, December 3, 2012 -- The Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (ELFNJ) today announced its School Foundation Initiative, a program to aid education foundations in K-12 public schools in New Jersey.
ELFNJ’s School Foundation Initiative will provide school districts with financial assistance and technical support to start a local education foundation, as well as to strengthen existing ones.
School officials, foundations and community members can apply for the competitive grants. The application period will run from Dec. 3, 2012 through Feb. 1, 2013. Several districts will be chosen to receive grant assistance.
Education foundations are non-profit organizations that are independent of a school district, and strive to improve the quality of education by raising funds from individuals, local businesses, corporations and foundations for education programs that benefit the district’s students. School foundations have provided mini-grants to classroom teachers, helped purchase technology for schools, funded curriculum enrichment programs and teacher training, and have even underwritten teaching positions.
The recipients chosen will receive a stipend to cover all federal and state 501(c)(3) filing fees for their foundation, a small stipend that will cover other administrative costs and insurance, two years’ worth of training sessions in topics such as fundraising, strategic planning, and foundation board development, as well as additional technical assistance and paid membership for two years to the American School Foundation Association.
School districts and foundations are urged to review the additional information and download and complete the application at the ELFNJ website. Grant awards will be announced by March 15, 2013.
ELFNJ works with the New Jersey School Boards Association to advance public education through training, research and attaining grants to further professional development.
Formed in 2008, the Foundation serves New Jersey’s local boards of education, public charter school boards of trustees, other public entities and non-profit organizations. ELFNJ is governed by a board of trustees comprised of 11voting members and one non-voting member, who represent education, government, business and the non-profit community.
For additional information, contact Stephanie Duckworth, ELFNJ director, via email or at (609) 278-5261.