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How to help your kids' school

With public schools up and down the I-680 corridor losing nearly $100 million in state funding, here is a district-by-district list of the major education nonprofits that are raising money to save valued programs.


Walnut Creek Education Foundation WCEF K–12Our public schools have reached The Breaking Point, as we call it in our special back-to-schools report, which you can read online. Want to help your local school district get through these tough budget times? You can, either by donating your time or money to local grass-roots efforts and district-wide education foundations. Here is the list and contact information for major education nonprofits in the East Bay suburbs.


Acalanes Union High School District
Serves four high schools and one alternative high school in Lafayette (Acalanes), Moraga (Campolindo), Orinda (Miramonte), and Walnut Creek (Las Lomas).

Fundraising organizations: Actually four education foundations in each of the four above-mentioned cities raise money for schools in these towns, including the high schools. The four foundations serving the Acalanes district high schools are:

For specific campaigns and upcoming events for these foundations see them listed with their individual city districts below.

Dublin Unified
Covers five elementary schools, one K–8 school, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative high school.

The Show up for Education Campaign is a joint effort between the Dublin Unified School District, parent-faculty clubs, and the Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) to raise money to support programs at school sites during this state fiscal crisis. Show Up for Education is specifically looking to raise $300,000 to maintain library hours at all schools. Upcoming event: Dinner Partners in Education “Celebrity Waiter” event, Friday, October 23. Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and other business leaders will serve as "celebrity waiters" compete to see who will collect the most tips by the end of the evening. Creative serving techniques come into play as they vie for the “Top Waiter” award. All tips and evening proceeds benefit Dublin schools.

Lafayette School District
Serves four elementary schools and one middle school.

The Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation raises money to all Lafayette schools, including Acalanes High School. Further contact info: Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation
, P.O. Box 923
, Lafayette, 94549; Program Office: (925) 299-1644; Fundraising: (925) 299-0644; e-mail main office, office@lasf.org; fundraising e-mail, fundraising@lasf.org.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Serves 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, and three alternative and continuation high schools. 

Livermore Valley Education Foundation. Further contact info: 849 East Stanley Blvd., 
Livermore, 94550.

Martinez Unified
Serves four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and two alternative and continuation high schools.

The Martinez Education Foundation has launched a campaign, with parents, businesses, and community groups asking parents to donate $20 to save 20-1 class sizes. Upcoming event: Shell/Martinez Education Foundation 5K Fun Run, October 3

Moraga School District
Serves three elementary schools and one middle school.

Moraga Education Foundation raises money for music, art, library and technology programs in the Moraga elementary and middle schools, and arts, counseling, library, and tutoring programs at Campolindo High School. Upcoming event: Phone-a-thons the evenings of November 5, 12, and 18.

Mount Diablo Unified School
Serves 30 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, six high schools, and nine alternative and small schools.

School district campaign: You can donate directly to the school district and select specific services to which you want to direct your support. Donations can be sent to the district office at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord CA 94519, Attention: Bryan Richards.

United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation: Trying to raise $720,000 to restore sports at Mt. Diablo Unified’s six high schools. Upcoming event: 5K Run & Walk, October 18, Newhall Park, Concord

Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education raises money to support programs at the 11 elementary, middle and high schools in Pleasant Hill. Further contact information: FPHE, P.O. Box 23851, Pleasant Hill, 94523

Northgate Community Pride Foundation focuses on renovation and construction of Northgate High School’s sports and arts facilities. www.northgatepride.org

Orinda School District
Serves four elementary schools and one middle school.

Educational Foundation of Orinda was established in 1979 and has become a leader in education fundraising that steers donations to programs at Orinda elementary and middle schools and to Miramonte High School. It aims to raise $1.5 million for the 2009-10 school year.
Further contact info: Educational Foundation of Orinda
21 'C' Orinda Way, #123
Orinda, 94563, (925) 253-0885, info@orindaefo.org

Pleasanton Unified
Serves nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, and two small and alternative high schools.

I Love Pleasanton Schools was a joint effort of two-parent led foundations, Pleasanton Partners in Education and Pleasanton Schools Educational Enrichment, to raise $2.8 million this summer to restore some of the jobs and programs the district has lost, including lower class sizes and the elementary schools' band and strings program. The campaign fell short of its goal, but still managed to raise about $459,000. Those two existing nonprofits will continue to collect donations.

San Ramon Valley Unified
Serves 21 elementary schools, eight middle schools, four high schools, and two alternative and continuation high schools.

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, plus individual school fundraising and donations to athletic programs, bring in roughly $14 million a year.  Upcoming events:

  • Primo’s Run Spirit Week September 27-30. Dine at Prima’s and enjoy choral music performed by school groups.
  • Primo’s Run for Education, Sunday, October 11

Walnut Creek School District
Serves five elementary schools and one middle school.

Walnut Creek Education Foundation K-12  and individual school fundraising brought in about $414,000 this year to pay for art, music, and PE at the elementary schools and to help pay for counselors and library staff at the middle school, and counselors, library staff, and leadership programs at Las Lomas High School. The foundation has launched a campaign to raise $625,000. You can view their campaign video here.

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