Our Mission

Established in 1991, the Northampton Education Foundation (NEF) is a nonprofit organization created to fund projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster creativity, and enhance academic experiences in Northampton’s public schools. NEF also works to broaden community support for our public schools. We support our mission, in large part, by awarding grants for teacher-initiated projects.

Ways to Help

Interested in providing support? You can help by donating—simply click the button below.

Endowment Grants

Thanks to the NEF Endowment, teachers have the resources to ensure a first-class educational experience, regardless of the economic or political climate. Public education in Northampton thrives, and our students are prepared for the world ahead.

Small Grants

NEF awards Small Grants twice a year to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching and learning initiatives for the Northampton's public schools.

Book Fund

The NEF Book Fund, formerly knowns as the SOS (Save Our Schools) Book Fund, is designated for classroom texts, library texts, instructional materials, and their digital equivalents.

Latest Projects

Spelling Bee

The Annual NEF Adult Spelling Bee on October 19, 2022 was a great success! All proceeds went to benefit the students and teachers of our Northampton Public Schools.

Trivia Bee

Money raised during our annual Trivia Bee helps NEF support innovative projects in our public schools. This event is a family-friendly activity where participants can win prizes and help support our community schools. It's a win-win for everyone!

Plant Sale

Our Annual Plant & Garden Market raises money for books and online resources for the Northampton Public Schools and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School (now its own district). Schools use their allotted money to diversify their curriculum offerings, provide additional books when enrollment increases, and so much more.

Spring Showcase

Our Spring Showcase highlights all of the incredible projects that have been funded through our Endowment Fund and Small Grants.

All Out Adventures Adaptive Cycling Program

With their 2022 NEF Endowment grant, All Out Adventures partnered with the JFK Middle School GOALS program and the middle and high school adaptive PE classes to make cycling accessible to students of all abilities! AOA staff visited JFK Middle School and Northampton High School with their fleet of adaptive cycles, giving students with disabilities an opportunity to learn to cycle on equipment that works for them. In addition to the direct benefit to the participants, the initiative has helped raise awareness among the larger school communities of what is possible for students with disabilities.

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