What is an Education Foundation? The purpose of all local education foundations (LEF) is to provide program funding and to act as change agents and advocates. As an advocate, they ensure that the general public knows, understands, and is moved by why they exist. Every child deserves an opportunity to succeed. This statement is as true today as it was more than twenty years ago when LEFs began in California. The founding mission was for communities to support their local school districts and generate necessary funds to save schools from significant financial shortfalls.
How did NAEF begin? In 2005, the Business/Industry/School Partnership Program (BISPP), a group of respected business persons who supported education initiatives in the Norristown community, recognized the purpose and need for an education foundation in the Norristown Area School District. BISPP recruited volunteers from the greater Norristown area and incorporated the Foundation in 2006. NAEF earned non-profit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and immediately began raising funds and holds several successful fundraisers each year.
How does NAEF support the district? NAEF funds innovation. It has provided Smart Boards in every classroom, an iMac advanced graphic arts lab, and Project Lead the Way engineering labs in the middle and high schools. It provided state-of-the-art audio equipment for the auditorium of the high school. The Foundation also administers a mini grants program for teachers throughout the District.
Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world.
NAEF provides independent financial funding to support challenging and enriching innovations that will maximize the learning potential of all students in the Norristown Area School District.