The course has been absolutely so much more than I thought it would be, just an incredible amount of important, RELEVANT, immediately applicable information and learning.

Deborah Lund
Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund

The class (and cohort structure) has helped me build a network of peers that have been completely open to exchanging what has worked and what hasn’t worked in their organizations.

Suzi Bruin
Executive Director, Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation

The value of the certification comes not only from the course but also from the interactions with other education foundation leaders who are facing the same challenges and opportunities that we are facing at Decatur Education Foundation. Sharing experiences, documents, and strategies has created a network between us, which I think will be a huge asset well beyond the course end date.

Gail Rothman
Executive Director, Decatur Education Foundation

Whether you have been in the field a long time or are just starting out, this certification program will challenge you, inspire you, and give you the tools you need to grow your school foundation. After 18 years in the nonprofit sector, 15 of them in the development field, this program is the most highly relevant coursework that I have completed.
Traci Skalberg
Executive Director, Grand Island Public Schools


Comments from the 2020 Survey

“As a school administrator with no experience with education foundations, I thought I would be lost, but the program has really help me understand this new area.” (2020 Cohort Participant)

“Each of the courses so far has been wonderfully informative and will help shape our small foundation. The MOST IMPORTANT benefit has been the networking opportunities with people from across the country. As a bonus, there are at least three of us from Pennsylvania. The coursework fades. The experience shared by others and the friendships can live on forever.” (CEFL, 2020)

“The cohort is a powerful connector and I would be interested in learning anything with a small cohort of people in our field.” (CEFL, 2015)

Because of CEFL, I feel more confident that I am guiding our foundation toward success, growth, and greater impact on students in our community. What a valuable opportunity!” (CEFL, 2020)

“Every course has provided information that is immediately useful!” (CEFL, 2020)

“Our organization was in desperate need of qualified and knowledgeable foundation leadership. (The) CEFL has given us a structure to mirror and adjust to our specific needs. We have developed revised bylaws, gift acceptance policies, board guidelines, planning committees for finance, strategic/operational planning, we've onboarded an online donor platform, built our own website, and we're opening a school store. These accomplishments are all directly related to my experience in the CEFL, as well as collaboration with cohort peers. “ (CEFL, 2020)

“We were able to narrow our focus to have a larger impact on our foundation overall rather than fund many small projects that were just not very impactful.” (CEFL, 2019)

“As a Foundation Leader in a high-performing, high-poverty school, I have made a commitment to look for ways to provide opportunities that help all of our stakeholders.   The CEFL program is a win for all involved.” (CEFL, 2017)

“I had long talked about refining our board orientation. As part of the Board Development Course, I had the opportunity to rework our board orientation, do a board manual based on one another peer had shared and turn the orientation over to the Board Development Committee. Just one example of the impact of the CEFL course on my foundation.” (CEFL, 2015)

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