About Us

The Benicia Education Foundation

  • was established in 1981 by concerned parents
  • was reorganized and revitalized in 2005 by parents, business owners and other citizens who saw a growing long-term need for private funding of Benicia’s public schools to sustain educational excellence
  • is a private, non-profit public benefit 501(c)(3) Corporation, organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law exclusively for charitable purposes – all donations to the BEF are tax-deductible
  • is an all-inclusive, all volunteer organization, dedicated to charitable and educational purposes – there are no paid staff positions
  • Board of Directors manages the corporation’s activities and affairs, subject to the provisions and limitation of Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law and the I.R.S. Directors are elected for two-year terms by a plurality of BEF members
  • serves the Benicia community as the only education foundation dedicated to support all children all seven public schools K-12
  • holds itself fully accountable and available to the community with all board meetings open to the public
  • partners with the school district, every public school and all Parent Teacher Organizations in Benicia to help Benicia’s students receive core academic programs, services and critical enrichment opportunities that are no longer included in California’s education budget

 

Mission Statement

The Benicia Education Foundation provides community based support for Benicia public schools in pursuit of excellence in education, innovation in the classroom and superior learning opportunities for all students.

Board
The Board of Directors of the BEF are all volunteers. They are all dedicated Benicia citizens who together represent a wide set of stakeholders in the Benicia community: BUSD parents, Benicia businesses and citizens without children in Benicia’s public schools. The Board is elected by BEF members for two-year staggered terms; elections for open seats are held each August during the the first meeting of the year.

OfficersLisa Koenen, President – Stacy Holguin, Vice President – Reem Munakash, Secretary – Nina Phillips, Treasurer

Directors: Susan Bunch – Darrell Doi –  Lynn Hoyle – – Colleen Hutchinson –  – Scott Reep– – Teresa Zabrek – Jennifer Largaespada- Peter Morgan-

The Board of Directors of the BEF are all volunteers. They are all dedicated Benicia citizens who together represent a wide set of stakeholders in the Benicia community: BUSD parents, Benicia businesses and citizens without children in Benicia’s public schools. The Board is elected by BEF members for two-year staggered terms; elections for open seats are held each August during the the first meeting of the year.

Join the Partnership!

Parents, business owners, or citizens – please support the BEF with an annual donation to help fund core academic programs and services. Parents, please also help support the Parent Teacher Group at your child’s school – this will help provide important enrichment opportunities in your child’s school.