ABOUT US

The Bethel Education Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was organized in 2009 to support Bethel schools.

BETHEL EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Bethel Education Foundation was created by a group of parents who saw the need for additional resources in Bethel classrooms. The foundation accepts donations to support programs that benefit the educational, social and emotional growth of Bethel students in Eugene, Oregon. Contributions to the Bethel Education Foundation are exempt from federal income tax under section 170c of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax ID number is 27-0745177.

OUR MISSION

Mission of the Bethel Education Foundation is to enhance and invest in educational excellence in Bethel School District.

OUR FOCUS

Supporting the mental and physical growth of Bethel students by helping fund programs that support students and families.

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OUR COMMITMENT

The Bethel Education Foundation affirms the Bethel School District’s mission statement and strategic priorities by demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our shared efforts to advocate for and support every Bethel student, family and staff member. By helping fund programs that support students and families, we enhance and invest in educational excellence. The ongoing demographic changes within our community, families, and workforce mean our fundraising and advocacy will uplift and serve increasingly diverse populations based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, geography, socioeconomic status, ability and more. The Bethel Education Foundation embraces these ongoing changes and prioritizes holistic and respectful engagement with individuals and the communities they represent each day.

OUR STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KRISTIN KING

Executive Director

ANITA KOLENDAR

President

SHELLY WILLIAMS

Treasurer

AMANDA D'SOUZA

Board Member

AMY DAVIS

Board Member

 

KRAIG SPROLES

Bethel Superintendent & Board Member

ALISHA DODDS

Board Member

 

CURT NORDLING

Bethel School Board & Board Member

CALEB CLARK

Bethel School Board & Board Member

KRISTIN HINER

Development Assistant

JOSHUA PUGH

Board Member

DAVID VAN DER HAEGHEN

Board Member

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the relationship between BEF and Bethel School District?

As the Foundation for Bethel School District, BEF is the standalone not-for-profit responsible for receiving and processing grants and private gifts, and then disbursing those funds according to donor intent or in support of the goals and requests of the District. We support all 11 schools in Bethel School District.

Public education is free. Why do we need to fund schools in Bethel?

Bethel School District has a history of excellence in education. The Bethel Education Foundation likes to think of ourselves as “the icing on the cake”, funding projects that public financing alone can no longer provide. We believe our students and staff deserve these opportunities, so in order to maintain and build academic excellence in our schools—which in turn strengthens our community, builds our economy, and ensures the next generation of leaders and innovators—we must seek out additional funding.

When I make a donation to my child’s school through BEF, the Foundation takes 10%. Why is that?

As a 501(c)(3), Bethel Education Foundation provides all of the professional services necessary to securely steward the funds for Bethel Schools. The 10% fee covers BEF’s administrative costs, and allows us to do the work needed to support our District.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

All Bethel staff are eligible to apply for funding. Requests must be approved by your Principal.

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