The Education Fund

LAST UPDATED: October 27, 2017
Education & Youth Development
The Education Fund provides private sector leadership and support for innovation in public education. We design and implement initiatives that involve the entire community in improving our schools.Our mission is to maximize every child's potential and to ensure that each one graduates with every opportunity for success. We've increased the percent of students going to college or career/technical programs by 34%; we've improved children's eating habits by more than 50% and science scores by 80%. We've built 51 school edible gardens, including 16 Food Forests, giving more than 34,000 children food-based lessons, cafeteria meals with garden harvests, and more than 48,798 harvest bags for take-home distribution. We create outlets for student creativity, team-building, and critical thinking skills through our “Art of Found Objects” exhibition and awards ceremony, with several awards for juried artworks. We help top teachers share best practices with ALL 20,000 teachers, including STEM and Robotics curriculum projects. Thousands of business people better understand the teaching profession via our Teach-A-Thon. And hundreds join us each February for A Taste of Education, featuring culinary teams and top judges -- a la South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Business professionals celebrate the Teach-A-Thon, see mini-installations of our work, including a Food Forest, eat fabulous dishes, and more.
6713 Main Street, Suite 240
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Images + Video

Programs

BOARD

Hector J. Ponte
Chair
Wells Fargo
Rolando Aedo
Vice Chair
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cheryl Rees
Secretary
Ocean Bank
Pablo Pino
Treasurer
Raj Rawal
Officer At Large
Managing Director, Mango Investments LLC
Barbara Romani
Immediate Past Chair
Civic Leader

STAFF

Ms. Linda Lecht
President
Mimi Pink
Director of Development
Stacey de la Grana
VP of Programs & Program Director of the Center for Educational Materials
Debra Alamo
Program and Executive Assistant
Eddie Recinos
Senior Program Manager, Food Forests for Schools
Debi La Belle
Program Manager, Food Forests for Schools
Edwina Lau
Program Director, Ideas with IMPACT
Faye Wright
Director of Outreach Programming
Johannes Kukka
Director of Accounting
Kathleen Burgos
Receptionist

Financials

This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.

ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET
$2,830,703

IRS LETTER OF DETERMINATION