2015_Fall_Austin_Riedel_Bulls'Eye (1)The Galveston ISD Educational Foundation (GEF) has released its 2015-2016 Impact Report to the community. Awarding $190,097.78 in cash and in-kind support during the last school year to Galveston Independent School District educators, GEF met its goal of exceeding the organization’s 2014-2015 outputs.

“We can’t thank our loyal donors enough for their unfailing support,” remarked GEF’s board president Will Wright. “We are also grateful to each and every new donor who chose to include us in their charitable giving helping GEF meet the challenge extended to us by the Moody Permanent Endowment Fund to raise $20,000 from first-time givers.”

Other private foundations that provided significant support to GEF during the past school year include the Moody Foundation, Jamail Galveston Foundation, Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund and Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust. Additionally, GEF received funding as a United Way Galveston member agency and was awarded grants from nonprofit groups including the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Houston CPA Society, Junior League of Galveston County, Big Crawfish Bash Foundation, Rotary Club of Galveston Island and Kiwanis Club of Galveston.

Books, literacy resources, technology, playground equipment, stand-up desks and learning materials for a variety of subjects are examples of what the 2015-2016 Grants to Teachers and Schools program assisted in purchasing for GISD’s classrooms and campuses.

Thumbnail_Events_Spring 2016 GrantsAdditional support was given to GISD teachers and students via GEF’s Julie Schmid Student Support Fund and Lisa Biffle Johnson Scholarship. GEF also directed funding to three GISD programs including Project Graduation; Galveston CareerConnect, a program combining academic and career-focused learning that assists students with earning industry recognized credentials for high-growth jobs; and IncubaTOR, a new and innovative entrepreneurship program. In-kind donations facilitated by GEF also provided much needed supplies to various campuses.

“This is the result of our community coming together. Our families, GISD employees, businesses, nonprofits and private foundations made this possible,” commented GEF’s executive director Erin Yarbrough. “We have truly amazing teachers in the Galveston Independent School District, and this is the perfect way to show our support.”

For a full list of supporters, grant recipients, photos and more, the community is encouraged to view GEF’s Impact Report available here: http://pub.lucidpress.com/15-16_gef_impact-report/