Making A Difference

Making A Difference2024-04-01T11:44:20-04:00

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.


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 available to educators currently working in the Public Schools of Brookline for 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


Where the education conversation happens…

Celebrating Teachers 2024

By |May 14th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

The broad community of Brookline educators came together last Tuesday to be celebrated by the BEF! At this annual event, we are proud and delighted to recognize all of this year's grant, award, and fellowship winners. The highlight of the event is the awarding of the Ernest R. Caverly Award [...]

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May Featured Grant: Erica O’Mahony

By |May 14th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

This month, the BEF Board was thrilled to hear from BHS Spanish teacher Erica O'Mahony about her recent trip to Colombia. Erica's grant, entitled “Cartagena: Afro-Latino History and Culture in Colombia," took her to Cartagena over April vacation. She took many tours while there, having prepared for her trip with [...]

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Trivia Bee 2024

By |March 20th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

    The BEF's annual Trivia Bee is in the books! On March 8, over 200 community members (including current and alumni parents and educators) came together in the beautiful 22 Tappan Commons for delicious food and drink, enjoyable competition, and inspiring support of [...]

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