Texas Education Foundation Network (TEFN)
TEFN was launched in 2012 as a program of Texas Pioneer Foundation. TEFN was created to support local education foundations in Texas by providing networking opportunities, sharing of best practices and providing training & resources needed for foundations to be successful.
Texas Pioneer Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2004 to support academic excellence by funding innovative educational programs that are sustainable, able to build capacity and have measurable results. For more information, please visit www.texaspioneer.org.
What are Local Education Foundations?
A local education foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to support its local schools by raising private dollars to invest in innovative programs not funded through local, state or federal taxes.
Local Education Foundations:
- fund programs such as innovative teacher grants, professional development, endowments, student scholarships and teacher excellence;
- connect parents and community organizations with teachers and school administrators to support academic excellence;
- are governed by a board of directors consisting of local community members who meet regularly to manage and support the operations and programs of the foundation.