Santa Monica Education Foundation Back

Mission & History
Our mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica and Malibu public schools.

Established in 1982 in response to devastating federal and state education budget cuts, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) was organized by a dedicated group of parents, community leaders, and local business owners to enhance and supplement the curriculum of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

2014 – Present: Equitable Programs for all Students
District-wide SMMEF-funded programs were first implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. The programs included highly-trained instructional assistants, literacy coaches, art instruction for every elementary grade, additional teaching periods for middle and high schools, better professional development for teachers and instructional assistants, and discretionary grants for school-specific enrichment programs.

SMMEF ended its first district-wide campaign on January 31, 2014. SMMEF successfully raised $3.2 million towards the $4 million goal. At the end of the campaign, the Board of Education voted to allocate $800,000 to the SMMEF-funded programs so that all programs could be fully implemented in 2014-15.

In the 2014-2105 campaign year, our community raised $2,365,721 to fund outstanding programs in our schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

These donations, along with SMMEF’s endowments, are funding fund the following programs in 2015-16:

Arts education for 4,900 elementary students
87 instructional assistants
Ballroom dance for 870 5th graders
$750,000 in enrichment grants to be used for innovative staff and programs at each school
Recorders for all 832 3rd graders
Dance classes, theater programs and visual arts grants at middle and high schools
Two music classes at Olympic High School
Semi-private music lessons and instruments for socioeconomically disadvantaged students
Additional funding for our 16 school libraries, through the American Book Drive
With the passage of the district’s 2015-2016 budget, the Board of Education voted that literacy coaches, secondary school staffing, and professional development programs will be funded through the district’s general fund for the 2015-2016 school year onward. SMMEF continues to raise funds for the important programs listed above.

Please visit the Impact section of our website on a regular basis, as we will be featuring stories, testimonials and videos that highlight the incredible impact of SMMEF-funded programs, on all of our students.

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Santa Monica Education Foundation


1645 16th Street ,
Santa Monica, CA, 90404

Supported Causes

  • education
  • students
  • arts
  • music