"When things get tough, there are two things that make life worth living: Mozart, and quantum mechanics.
— V.F. Weisskopf
The Newark Educational Foundation

Founded in 2005, the Newark Educational Foundation (NEF) is a non-profit organization that promotes educational excellence in the Newark Unified School District. From the beginning, the NEF has focused on the students: from sprouts to graders to tweens to teens. We exist as a conduit for our community to invest in the children of Newark. The science and music programs and activities we support are carefully vetted to ensure the funds are deserved and then monitored to ensure our donations are well spent.

The donations we make not only provide students with the opportunity to experience and learn about Science or Music, but also with the opportunity to grow as individuals and as members of a team. We fully expect the activities we fund to help our children to become positive contributing members of our society.

Yes, this is a lot to ask of a student just learning to play the clarinet or a trip into the wilderness by intrepid 6th graders, but that is just the beginning. Help us fund the future of Newark, our children.

Meetings and Minutes
NEF meetings are held as needed throughout the year based on planned activities. Meetings are typically held in the Newark Community Center at 6:30pm and last up to 90 minutes. Meetings are open to the public. Please email the NEF at newarkeducationalfoundation(at)gmail.com to find out the date, time, and location of the next meeting.

Approved minutes from recent meetings can be viewed/downloaded below:
The Foundation Board
Our board is comprised of volunteers from the local community and is independent of the school district.
Officers and Directors:
  • Terrence Grindall, President
  • Andrew Klein, Vice President
  • Jim Carter, Treasurer
  • Lynne Siebert, Secretary
  • Valerie Boyle, Director
  • Betty Cole, Director
  • Eduardo Escobar, Dierctor
  • Aileen Fox, Director
  • Laurie Marshall, Director
  • Sandy Richert, Director
  • Nancy Thomas, Director
Emeritus Officers
  • Sean Nand, President
  • Irma Castaneda, Treasurer
  • Jennifer McMenamy, Secretary