Making A Difference2021-04-16T11:45:10-04:00

Our Mission

The Brookline Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Brookline’s commitment to excellence in public education. The BEF raises private funds to support innovative teaching, administrative leadership, professional development, and community participation in the schools.

Excellence in public education does not only enhance the well-being of our students, but also that of our entire community. The Brookline Education Foundation brings together educators and private donors to support the mission of the Public Schools of Brookline, which is to ensure that every student develops the skills and knowledge to pursue a productive and fulfilling life, to participate thoughtfully in a democracy, and succeed in a diverse and evolving global society.  Not only does the BEF enrich the lives of our students, but it also strengthens the Brookline community, today and in the future.

History

From its start in 1981 as one of the first private local education funds in the country, the BEF has raised over $6 million for the Brookline Public Schools. Supporters and donors include parents, citizens, and businesses who share the belief that strong public schools are essential to the quality of life and future well-being of the town. Now in its 40th year, the BEF is one of the largest and most innovative local education funds in Massachusetts.

The BEF Today

The BEF works closely with the Brookline School Department in a unique partnership, identifying needs and opportunities where its efforts can make a difference to teachers and children. BEF monies are used to fund new approaches to professional development and systemwide improvements that the schools could not otherwise afford. The BEF seeks out and supports innovation and leadership among teachers and administrators alike. It looks for leverage opportunities where its programs can generate funds from other public and private sectors.

 Equity and Excellence for All

The Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) was founded on the principle of supporting excellence in our public schools. For 40 years, the BEF has supported teachers’ work on diversity and inclusion in Brookline classrooms, but still, more needs to be done. The BEF is committed to expanding our focus to ensure that this important work reaches and includes all members of Brookline’s diverse school community. We seek to elevate the voices of underrepresented communities, and we welcome grant proposals from Brookline educators designed to advance and foster our goal of creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments.

Annual Reports

Our 2020 Annual Report
Our 2019 Annual Report

 BEF NEWS

Where the education conversation happens…

Meet Steph Guseh – today’s featured BEF Team Brookline runner!

By |September 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Meet today's featured BEF Team Brookline runner - Stephanie Guseh! Here's a note from Steph: Hello! My name is Steph Guseh and I am training for my first ever marathon in support of the Brookline Education Foundation! I have 3 kids - Jamie (7), Nora (5) and Mae [...]

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Meet Chima Ikonne: today’s Featured BEF Team Brookline Runner!

By |September 17th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

We are so grateful to all six of the Team Brookline runners who are raising funds to support the Brookline Education Foundation. Today we're highlighting Chima! Both a Lawrence parent and a Heath educator, Chima knows firsthand the value of the BEF's support of teachers. Here's a note from Chima: [...]

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Introducing BEF’s Team Brookline Runners for 2021!

By |July 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

The BEF is honored to have six dedicated parents training and running to support public education in Brookline. This will be a historic October in-person running of the 125th Boston Marathon on Monday, October 11, 2021. With this year's runner field limited to just 20,000 runners, we are [...]

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