The Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence has launched its 2010 giving campaign. VFEE is a volunteer-run non-profit that funds enhancements to learning that are not covered by Verona tax dollars or state aid. This year, with state funding to education being slashed, VFEE is making a push for even greater private generosity.
Since 2007, donors have sent VFEE more than $150,000, which has funded over 60 grants to Verona teachers in areas from technology and learning to cultural enrichment at every one of the public schools. This past spring, VFEE received 35 grant applications from Verona teachers–a record number–and awarded money to 16 projects. (Full disclosure: In 2008, VFEE awarded $500 to the after-school enrichment cluster program, which made it possible for me to buy supplies for the “Nature’s Pals” cluster on the environment that I teach each fall and spring.)
VFEE says that, last year, gifts ranged from $25 to $5,000 per donor. If you would like to make a gift this year, which is tax deductible, you can do so through the donation page on VFEE’s Web site. For more information on VFEE, its grant process and the grants awarded thus far, see its Web site.