The Florida Legislature established the Florida Education Foundation as a direct support organization to the Florida Department of Education in 1987. The Foundation was created to manage external resources for the benefit of pre-kindergarten to 12th grade education. The Foundation’s endowment was established with a generous gift from Mary Murdock in 2012.
In 2015, the Board took note of foundation and state educational organizational models, and launched a strategic planning process to determine areas where a private sector foundation might serve as a change agent for improved educational outcomes. That process launched the three major areas of work that currently define the Foundation’s efforts: Strengthening systems for standards and accountability, closing achievement gaps, and improving outcomes in early grades reading.