Remember that really great teacher who impacted you when you were young? How about those teachers you know today who makes such an impact on their students each day? Next to parents, teachers are the biggest influence in shaping children’s futures.
Teacher’s Fund was created to help Santa Barbara County public and private kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High School teachers get the tools and materials they need for their classrooms and their students. Since 2003, Teacher’s Fund has granted more than $1.1 million dollars to Santa Barbara County teachers. There remains great need among teachers. Teacher’s Fund grants are needed!
Most schools today are making due with less, and it is the teachers who are directly impacted. They work harder in the classroom with less; fewer supplies, old equipment, shared books, and divided resources. Often, teachers are using their own money to buy supplies for their classrooms and their students. It is because of donors to Teacher’s Fund that local teachers receive grants for items, equipment, and materials that benefit their students, enable creative and engaging teaching, and maintain an organized classroom environment.
In 2002, Renee Grubb and Ed Edick, the owners of Village Properties established The Village Properties Teacher’s Fund (Teacher’s Fund). The non-profit organization was established to assist local teachers with the purchase of supplies, materials and equipment needed for classrooms. Village Properties and several Village Properties real estate agents supported Teacher’s Fund, and were the sole donors for several years until the non-profit’s mission and reputation were established.
Recognizing that the desire to support teachers was a shared mission in the community, Village Properties began encouraging others to join in supporting the nonprofit organization. They removed the Village Properties name and today, Teacher’s Fund continues to be a strong and vibrant 501(c)(3), with major funding from Village Properties in addition to several businesses, individuals and foundations.
Since 2002, Teacher’s Fund has granted more than $1.1 million dollars to Santa Barbara County teachers. There remains great need among teachers. Teacher’s Fund grants are needed! A majority of those schools are in the southern portion of the county. With more donors the reach can extend north to the many teachers impacting the students in north county.
On average, the Teacher’s Fund was receiving over $25,000 a month in requests for grades K – 12. In April of 2009, due to the magnitude of budget cuts the Teacher’s Fund once again expanded to include grades 9-12 for most Santa Barbara County public and private schools.
While we may not be able to solve the budget restraints on the Federal, State and school district levels, we can make a difference one classroom at a time, with your help.
If you are interested in becoming a Teacher’s Fund donor and have questions or funding priorities you would like to discuss, please contact Lisa Rivas at (805) 637-6816.
Click below to make an online donation, or mail your donation to:
c/o Lisa Rivas
1250 Coast Village Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
It is because of the businesses, individuals and foundations listed that Teacher’s Fund is able to support teachers in their work.
- Cox Communications
- Santa Barbara Foundation
- Deckers Outdoor Corporation
- Heritage Oaks Bank
- Montecito Bank & Trust
- Chicago Title
- Fidelity Title
- Village Properties Real Estate Agents
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