About Us
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Our Purpose

We are the ultimate champion for Florida’s community of local education foundations aligned with nearly every county-wide school district. These vital nonprofits are a proven mechanism for connecting community to classrooms to innovate learning, power potential, and celebrate success.

Our Mission

We believe that strong local education foundations are essential for communities to close opportunity gaps and ensure educational success for all students.

Our mission is to work with our members and partners to connect individuals, organizations and financial resources, building the capacity and effectiveness of local education foundations.

2019-21 Executive Committee

Membership Chair

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Janice Kershaw

Brevard Schools Foundation

Vice Chair of Organization

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Jennifer Vigne

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

Vice Chair of Finance

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Susan McManus

Champions for Learning

Immediate Past Chair

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Carman Cullen-Batt

Education Foundation of Lake County

Members At Large

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Rachel Debigare

The Education Foundation of Alachua County

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Jean Vansmith

The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools

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Kim Jowell

Hillsborough Education Foundation

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Cathy Purdon

Santa Rosa Education Foundation

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Chuck Licis

Monroe County Education Foundation

Staff

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Mary Chance

President/CEO
marychance@cfef.net

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Tracy Burger

Director of Member Development
tracyburger@cfef.net

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Melissa PeÑa

Grants Coordinator
melissapena@cfef.net

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Chris Clore

Operations & Communications Coordinator
chrisclore@cfef.net

Awards & Affiliations

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Contact Us

P.O. Box 358719 Gainesville, FL 32635-8719

3720 NW 43 Street, Suite 101, Gainesville, FL 32606

Phone: 352.338.0250

Our Mission

Our mission is to work with our members and partners to connect individuals, organizations and financial
resources, building the capacity and effectiveness of local education foundations