OUR NEW STORY, OUR NEW ROLE

The 2014-2015 school year marked a time of synergy and growth at the Ridgewood Education Foundation. Building on our 26- year legacy of philanthropy and our commitment to promote excellence in our schools, in 2013 we reached a turning point and made a bold decision to raise the stakes of our investments, to lift our contribution to the Ridgewood schools to the next level, and to broaden our scope...all with the intention of heightening the impact of our initiatives.

The Foundation has a unique role, one that is separate and distinct from all other village organizations, we work collaboratively with the Ridgewood Public School District Administration and the Board of Education and the Home and School Associations. The Foundation is guided by the vision of our trustees and one mission: to enhance educational excellence in the Ridgewood Public Schools. 

The Result

Grants from The Foundation supported a great range of initiatives—from a leadership grant to fund the district’s first phases of foundational infrastructure to prepare for the new STEM curriculum to a gift to help the district provide an innovative yoga program for our students on the autism spectrum to our support of the RHS 1:1 Chromebooks for all RHS students.

We have deepened and redefined our role in the life of our community both by selecting to support projects with district-wide reach and by creating vigorous community-building events.