Three Decades of Support for Florida Public Education Students

A Brief Explanation

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.

Our Story

Today, as it was in the beginning, the Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation incorporated under the provisions of Florida Statutes Chapter 617 and approved by the Florida Department of State.

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