Mission & History

Mission_History_image1 The Stamford Public Education Foundation’s mission is to support the students and teachers in Stamford’s Public Schools through community collaboration and philanthropy. At the elementary level, the foundation supports literacy initiatives and at the middle and high school levels our focus is on college and career readiness.

SPEF was founded in 1996, and received its 501(c)(3) status in 2000. We are a member of the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations and the Local Education Foundation Coalition, and work closely with the local education foundations in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Hartford, and Yonkers.

In 2012, the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations presented SPEF with the Foundation Celebration Award for the impact we are having on public education in Stamford. In 2014, our Stamford Mentoring Program was one of fifteen mentoring programs nationwide to be selected to participate in the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP), conducted by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership. Our program was rated as a highly effective program, the top rating possible; SPEF’s Stamford Mentoring Program received an overall rating of 97% for program design and management, operations and evaluation.

Mission_History_image2Did you know? SPEF’s programs are available to all 15,800 Stamford Public School students:

  • 49% of Stamford students qualify for free or reduced lunch program. (A family of 4 qualifying for free lunch earns less than $23,850; a family of 4 qualifying for reduced price lunch earns less than $44,123.)
  •  68% of students are minority; 73 languages are spoken at home.

Without the collaboration of corporations, private foundations, and individuals, we could not provide all the life-changing service we offer to the children of Stamford.