The vision of the Major Gifts and Endowment Fund of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is to provide a stable, local funding source that will enable the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to undertake long term and innovative educational programs to enhance the curriculum. Over the past four years distributions from the Endowment Fund have helped fund significant programs that directly impact SRVUSD students.
We have been partnering with the SRVUSD and Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI) to train teacher/coaches who in turn mentor and support teachers at their school sites. The training involves learning various strategies to improve instructional practice. In addition, our teachers use the SVMI’s Mathematics Assessment Program (MAP), which provides rigorous problem solving and critical thinking assessments closely coordinated with California’s newly adopted Common Core State Standards. This program has a successful long term track record of improving student achievement and understanding of higher level mathematics. It affects every student in our district.
We have been partnering with the SRVUSD and SRVEF to increase science literacy for all students and increase the number of students who pursue careers in mathematics, science and engineering. To that end we have provided funding for the following: Teacher training at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab as well as outings and supplies at the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT). The Imagineering program which is a highly successful science enrichment program that is growing rapidly and gives students and teachers an opportunity to explore many areas of science and technology.
The Endowment Fund is designed to reach out to the larger community, especially those who may be interested in making gifts for long-term educational programs and curriculum innovation. It is designed to keep the principal portion of each donation intact, while using the dividends, interest and appreciation for curricular innovations. SRVEF works in conjunction with First Republic Private Wealth Management to facilitate planned giving arrangements. Your gift to the Major Gifts and Endowment Program of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is a gift in perpetuity for the education of our students.
Over time, such programs may include the performing arts, foreign languages, technology and other curricular areas. We have already begun to formulate a Music Initiative! The Endowment Fund complements the efforts of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation which raises money on an annual basis to assist the district in meeting its yearly needs through grants to a wide range of short-term critical needs and classroom programs.