Foundation News


$694,000 Grant from the County of San Mateo


San Mateo County Measure K logo.

On June 25th, the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors awarded the foundation with a $694,000 one-time grant from Measure K funds for specific technology and literacy needs in our District.

This grant benefits every student in our District and is allotted for:

  • $290,000
  • 20 Chromebook carts
  • 36 Chromebooks per cart
  • One for each of our elementary and middle schools for Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) implementation
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  • $174,000
  • 12 additional Chromebook carts for the District’s Title 1 elementary schools:
  • Fiesta Gardens
  • LEAD
  • San Mateo Park
  • Sunnybrae
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  • $100,000
  • Age-appropriate science books for all 20 school libraries
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  • $100,000
  • Books to supplement the District’s adoption of new English Language Arts (ELA) and English Language Development (ELD) curriculum
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  • $30,000
  • 3,000+ Library books for North Shoreview, LEAD, Sunnybrae, Parkside and Bayside libraries
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Special thanks to San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, Diana Harlick, Peter Cazanis, Alicia Heneghan and Susie Batter for making this a reality!

$150,000 Grant for TK-8th Grade Science Education


Gilead Sciences awards Foundation with $150,000 grant.

We are excited to share the news that Gilead Sciences, Inc. has gifted the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation with a $150,000 grant to support TK-8 science education in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. The District is currently adopting and implementing new science curricula for elementary and middle school grade levels. These funds will be used to provide all students access to engaging, inspiring learning experiences and resources, including technology based learning.

This grant continues Gilead Sciences’ partnership with the foundation that began in the Fall of 2018. At that time Gilead awarded the foundation two grants totaling $77,000 for use in middle school science classrooms. The funds provided chemistry lab glassware at Abbott, Bayside, Borel, Bowditch and North Shoreview Montessori as well as Chromebooks, digital thermometers and vacuum bell jars.

Middle school students get hands on teaching in Science Class.

Scientific discovery is at the core of Gilead’s mission. We are proud to partner with SMFCEF to bring quality STEM education to local students, contributing to their competence and confidence to pursue rewarding careers in science and technology.

-Joydeep Ganguly, Senior VP of Corporate Operations

We are grateful to Gilead Sciences for their recognition that strong and engaging STEM education enables students to form STEM identities and envision their future careers. This additional grant further supports the idea that STEM education is critical to our community and country’s economic growth and security, and an important path to economic mobility for our disadvantaged students.

To learn more about Gilead’s dedication to community support, click here.

Thank you, Gilead Sciences, for your continued investment in our community and our future scientists!

School District awarded $202,700


The SMFC Ed Foundation delivers a check to the School District.

Last year, we raised $202,700 in support of the San Mateo-Foster City School District through various efforts, including direct fundraising, events like Readathon & securing special grants.

  • $115,000 for Music Programs
  • $77,000 for Science Labware & Chromebooks
  • $5,000 for the Beresford Makerspace
  • $5,700 for Art-In-Action

Partnership with Playstation: Beresford Makerspace


The SMFC Ed Foundation delivers a check to the School District.

With a $5,000 grant from PlayStation to make teacher Cynthia Buenavista’s Makerspace proposal a reality, volunteers from SMFCEF, Beresford and two enthusiastic groups from PlayStation came together & set up the new dedicated room for making, learning, exploring and sharing.

The SMFC Ed Foundation delivers a check to the School District.

This Makerspace provides the community’s youth with unparalleled opportunities to innovate, problem-solve, think critically, learn from failure, and apply the concepts of the classroom to hands-on projects.

The SMFC Ed Foundation delivers a check to the School District.

SMFCEF Budget Approved: $5,000 for Teacher Grants!


As part of our 2019-2020 budget, the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation has allocated $5,000 for teacher grants in partnership with the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association's (SMETA) Member Grant Program.

Members of the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association.
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