The mission of the Birmingham Education Foundation is to create exceptional education experiences by connecting innovative teachers with community support.
Our History: The Birmingham Education Foundation, or “BEF”, was formed in 1993 to support Birmingham Public Schools. At that time, an effort was underway to install turf at both high school stadiums, and a group of supportive parents quickly realized that by working together, they would be able to reach their goal much more quickly. They banded together, and with the help of superintendent, John Hoeffler, the BEF was born. Since that time, with the help of our community, the BEF has been able to give more than a million dollars back to BPS.
The BEF strives to support all students attending BPS by supporting innovative ideas. Our current efforts are focused in a few main areas:
BEF Teacher Grants: The BEF teacher grants program funded the great ideas that teachers have, but which are outside of areas that are funded by the district. We are particularly interested in ideas that are innovative or help our students achieve academic excellence, and fund grants in five main areas: academics, the arts, athletics, technology and character education.
Authors & Artists: Each year, the BEF works with our media department to bring an author or illustrator to our schools. This year, we are bringing Maria Dismondy in to speak with elementary students, and Eric Khan Gale in to visit with middle school students!
Program Support Funds (PSF) and Program Specific Endowments: The BEF works with groups within BPS to help them with fundraising through Program Support Funds and Endowments