Healdsburg Education Foundation
The Healdsburg Education Foundation has a 25+ year history of raising funds for vital programs in the Healdsburg public schools. Since its inception, HEF has raised close to $3 million in community support for local schools and currently operates on a budget of $500,000 per year. Central to HEF's success are the strong partnerships the foundation has built with the Healdsburg Unified School District (HUSD), parents, local businesses and the larger Healdsburg community. HEF works closely with the school district and its other partners to identify funding priorities and develop creative solutions to overcome the significant statewide gap in school funding. Programs funded include K-5 Enrichment, K-12 Library and Technology, and K-12 Music and Art. Additional donor designated gifts have gone to science, counseling, athletics, and individual classrooms, to name a few.
Summit State Bank Seeds Endowment for the Healdsburg Education Foundation
In 2010, Summit State Bank announced a new partnership with Healdsburg Foundation (HEF) as part of the bank's Nonprofit Partner Program. Recognizing that a strong collaborative effort between our local schools and our business community is vital to the health and future of Healdsburg, Summit State Bank initiated the endowment fund for K-12 Education in Healdsburg through HEF with a donation of $5,000 per year over five years, for a total of $25,000. Since its inception, with Summit State Bank's first $5,000 gift, HEF's endowment fund has grown to more than $160,000.
With 25 years of fundraising history, HEF is thrilled with the opportunity to launch a K-12 endowment fund. "Twenty-five years is a real milestone," said Pamela Swan, HEF's executive director. "We are truly excited to envision a future where we can offer a steady stream of significant support to our local public schools. The truth is that traditional funding methods for schools are simply not going to be enough to prepare our children to reach their full potential and take their place in the world they will be entering upon graduation."