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The Hamilton Wenham Education Fund is an independent, non-profit organization committed to advancing educational excellence in the Hamilton Wenham regional schools.
The Edfund has a rich 20-year history and long legacy of support for our public schools. Established as a community initiative in 1990 with the principal goal of building a permanent endowment fund to perpetually support our public schools, we have built a strong foundation for their benefit. The vision of our founding members and your contributions over the past two decades have enabled the Edfund to fulfill its commitment to advancing educational excellence.
The Edfund is a community of volunteers led by a board of directors consisting of 20 residents from Hamilton and Wenham. As outlined in our new Strategic Plan, the Edfund will be a leader in focusing community involvement and collaboration to advance education in our public schools. We sponsor "fun" and "fund" raising events throughout the year to build spirit and broaden participation in the community. The Edfund is a community effort, supported by hundreds of contributors and volunteers, local businesses and family foundations. We depend on support from people like you!
The Edfund, through its Strategic Plan, will be enhancing its grant-making process to better enable our schools to access opportunities available to enrich the student experience. In addition to project specific grants, we are introducing a mini-grant program to provide smaller grants to faculty on a rolling basis. We will also expand our fundraising activities toward soliciting larger resources to fund these activities and continuing to build the endowment.
The Edfund is powered by the contributions of dollars, time and commitment from residents of our two towns. Your contributions and involvement over the years have had a direct impact on the quality of education in our regional schools. This is what makes the Hamilton Wenham Edfund unique.
The Edfund is a totally independent, non-profit, and volunteer-driven organization serving its supporters, who are committed to advancing educational excellence in the Hamilton/Wenham School District. The Edfund is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 20 residents of Hamilton and Wenham. Directors are elected by the Board and are eligible to serve two three year terms.
Edfund Board of Directors - 2017-2018:
The Board of Directors has reorganized the Edfund's committee structure to implement and manage the initiatives outlined in its Strategic Plan. Each of these five committees is chaired by an Edfund Director and includes members from the Board as well as other members of the community who have expertise in these areas.
Our chairpeople and administrator are:
And the rest of our fabulous Board of Directors.
Superintendent of Schools
Jill Evers, Michelle Horgan
Will Burns Larry Griffin Donna Gourdeau Barbara Vanderwilden Chris Campbell Christina Comparato Mela Lew Heather Ryan Charlie Guyer Jim Cooper Len Dolan Carolyn Libelo Michael Abbott Claudia Frost Michael McDougall Dr. John Abramson Daniel O. Gaquin Marinel D. McGrath * Patricia Alger * Martha Gavin Frederick Moseley III Jeffrey G. Barlow Sarah Gaylord Rick Moseley Dorie Barnard Jack Good Richard Mougalian William Bartlett Thomas Goodwin Jeffrey Murphy Jane Bellenis Tracey Gould Robert Nyland Stephen Bergholtz Connie Gourdeau Lea Parson Julie Bishop Richard Gourdeau Joanne Patton Judith Bubriski Alice Griffin Michael Prior Raleigh C. Buchanan * Bonnie Hammerl Kevin Puopolo William Burridge Alice Griffin Donald Reed Joseph “Jay” Butler Bonnie Hammerl Elizabeth Reilly Andrew Calkins Richard Hayes Thomas Riley Grace Chmura R. Craig Henkels Tim Robinson Christopher Connolly Suzanne Herlihy Michael Ruane Dr. Robert Cooley Ed Hogan William H. Safrin Carrie Decatur Nancy Hughes Whitney Shepard Tracey DeJong Richard Ireland John Shotwell James “Chip” Denton Paula Jerome Elizabeth Stone Dennis DiSalvo * David Johnson Wendy Tarricone A. Winslow Dodge Mark W. Johnson Laurie S. Truschel James Dolan Diane Jones Joseph Trustey Gary Domoracki Cathy C. Lanois Kristine M. Trustey Sandra Duryea John “Jack” Lawrence Jr. Susan Turnbull MaryBeth G. Dyer Fred Lebel Debby Twining Elizabeth Elder William LePard John Walsh Steve Ellis Charlotte Lidrbauch David Welbourn Deb Evans Stephen Liquori Lucinda Wilkins Anita Evetts Patricia Lucy James Wiltshire Irvin Falk Pam Miles MacNaught Susan Wiltshire Tricia Fallon Laney Makin Leslie Zimring Mary Jo Favazzo Gardner McCormick Ken Wilson Anthony Feeherry Pamela McCormick Maureen E. Flores Michael McDougall Dr. Peter Frasca Pamela McCormick
The Edfund has a rich 20-year history and long legacy of support for our public schools. Established as a community initiative in 1990 with the principal goal of building a permanent endowment fund to perpetually support our public schools, we have built a strong foundation for their benefit. In 2005 the Edfund achieved its primary goal of building a $1 million endowment to sustain support for our schools.
The vision of our founding members and your contributions over the past two decades have enabled the Edfund to fulfill its commitment to advancing educational excellence.
Our endowment fund is an investment vehicle used to generate a permanent source of revenue. Annual fundraising activities and income from the endowment's investment portfolio helps it grow. The ultimate goal is to grow a sustainable endowment that will perpetually provide funds for grants from the income it generates.
The Edfund retains a professional investment advisor to manage the endowment fund investments. Management of the fund is carried out under the guidelines of a written investment policy of the board. Edfund directors with professional investment experience serve as liaisons between the board and the investment advisor and monitor the performance of the endowment portfolio on an ongoing basis.
The Edfund board calculates an annual percentage of the endowment fund balance at fiscal year-end to allocate grants to the schools. This is a traditional endowment funding formula that maximizes the benefit to our students today while ensuring the growth of the endowment for tomorrow.
The Edfund was incorporated in 1990 and received 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit charitable organization from the IRS in February, 1991. A board of directors was created and populated with residents of both Hamilton and Wenham.
Your contribution has a direct impact now and in the future. Much of the schools’ fundraising efforts, like the Friends groups, give everything they collect to the schools. These are important efforts and usually address a direct and immediate need. However, as more needs or shortfalls are identified, those efforts need to start again from scratch - not so with the Edfund.
The Edfund exists to provide competitive advantages to our schools through carefully vetted grants. Since it’s inception the Edfund has funded more tha $1 million in grants to the school system.
For a few reasons. First and foremost, the central purpose of the Edfund is to create and grow a sustainable endowment that will provide funds for annual grants from the income generated by the fund. If we spent all of the money to address an immediate crisis, we would defeat that purpose. The Edfund was not created to fund ongoing school budget items, but rather to try to provide funds over and above what annual district school budgets can allow, resulting in unique or special programs or supplementary technology to improve learning opportunities
The Edfund raises funds at a variety of events throughout the year. For information about specific fund-raisers, and to learn about opportunities for you and your family to get involved, visit our events page.
We fund those grants which are principally teacher and administrator driven which provide potent, often unexpected competitive advantages to our public schools. See a list of past grants here.
Technology purchases have included items such as computer labs, computer stations and laptops, Smart Boards, LCD projectors and digital cameras. iPads in the elementary school, an additional virtual high school classroom, a wireless network for the middle and high school, DNA machine at the high school.
There are many ways you can support the Edfund. From donating money to participating in our activities to volunteering to help us staff our events. Click here for lots more information about our Events.