The Portland Education Foundation (PEF) is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Our Mission

The Portland Education Foundation is committed to raising philanthropic support to enhance educational opportunities for present and future students in Portland’s public schools. 


Our Goals

Educational Enrichment

  • Engage Portland’s rich and diverse array of arts/cultural/multicultural/community organizations.
  • Leverage local learning opportunities outside the school day. 

Classroom Innovation 

  • Award grant funding annually to teachers and students through a competitive process which recognizes innovation and excellence.
  • Support professional development opportunities to enhance innovation in the classroom. 

Community Engagement 

  • Engage foundations, corporations, local businesses, alumni, and other individuals to develop sustainable philanthropic funds in support of our schools.
  • Align our efforts with Portland Public Schools to support their vision that all learners will be fully prepared to succeed in a diverse and ever changing world. 
"Wisdom outweighs any wealth."
- Sophocles
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
- Malcolm S. Forbes