The Education Fund

LAST UPDATED: November 07, 2018
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 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%; improved children's eating habits by more than 52% and science scores by 84%. We've built 51 school edible gardens, including 20 Food Forests, giving 34,000 children food-based lessons, cafeteria meals with garden harvests, and over 76,000 harvest bags to take home. Our Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials has supplied over $8.7 million in free classroom and art materials to teachers. We create outlets for student creativity, team-building, and critical thinking through our “Art of Found Objects” exhibition and awards ceremony. We help top teachers share best practices with ALL 18,000 teachers in Miami-Dade, including STEM and Robotics curriculum projects. Thousands of business people learn to appreciate the teaching profession via our Teach-A-Thon. Hundreds join us each February for A Taste of Education, featuring student culinary teams and top judges -- a la South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Business professionals celebrate the Teach-A-Thon, see mini-installations of our work, eat fabulous dishes, and more.
6713 Main Street, Suite 240
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

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Cheryl Rees
Ocean Bank
Pablo J. Pino
Vice Chair
TD Bank
Jackie Martinez-Sancho
Nick Tootle
Ernest P. Modock, Jr.
Officer At Large
Ford Motor Company
Hector J. Ponte
Immediate Past Chair
Wells Fargo Bank


Ms. Linda Lecht
Karen DeLeon
Interim Director of Grants & Donor Engagement
Stacey de la Grana
VP of Programs & Program Director of the Center for Educational Materials
Debra Alamo
Executive Assistant and Program Associate
Eddie Recinos
Senior Program Manager, Food Forests for Schools
Debi La Belle
Program Manager, Food Forests for Schools
Audrey Onyeike
Program Director, Ideas with IMPACT
Kirsten Lyon
Director of Outreach Programming
Johannes Kukka
Director of Accounting
Kathleen Burgos


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