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Mission & History


To advocate, promote and fund initiatives that enrich learning experiences for the students and teachers of the South Bend Community School Corporation.


We work to bridge the gap between need and funding in two ways: through grants for innovative Teacher Grants and by funding educational programs and projects in South Bend public schools.


The Public Education Foundation, Inc. was an outgrowth of the Strategic Planning Group which was an effort that Dr. Virginia Calvin, former superintendent of SBCSC, started to involve the community to take a look at the funding of schools and to gain community involvement.

Local visionary citizens like Dr. James Wilson, Mendel Piser, and Margaret King formed the Public Education Foundation, Inc. in 1995 out of their unwavering passion and commitment to help make certain that children have every opportunity to learn. What they learned during the public session about school funding was that the state will never be able to fully fund all the needs of our schools. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $4.5 million in support for our students and teachers.

The 15-29 member board of directors for the Foundation is comprised of a diverse group of community and business members which includes several ex-officio positions, one for the superintendent, one South Bend school board liaison, and a teacher liaison.


Our Tax ID number is 35-1959196