"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 simple song sung by a 1st grade class 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 six to eight times each year based on planned activities and availability of Board members. Meetings are typically held in the Newark City Hall on the 5th floor beginning at 6:00pm and lasting up to 90 minutes. Meetings are open to the public. Please email the NEF Board Secretary at newarkeducationalfoundation(at)gmail.com to find out the date 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
  • Irma Castaneda, Treasurer
  • Jennifer McMenamy, Secretary
  • Valerie Boyle, Director
  • Jim Carter, Director
  • Betty Cole, Director
  • Aileen Fox, Director
  • Laurie Marshall, Director
  • Sean Nand, Director
  • Marco Perez, Director
  • Sandy Richert, Director