Message to our community


To our community,

In these extraordinary times of school closings and the shuttering of many community centers and businesses, our daily life has been upended. Families are confronted with the need to facilitate their children’s education and care for family members (including those most at risk from the Covid-19 virus) all while working from home. Some community members are enduring the extreme stress of no work at all.

Despite the ever-changing nature of life right now, The Northampton Education Foundation remains steadfast in its support of the needs of the Northampton Public Schools.

The NPS district has stepped up to ensure the security of staff pay and benefits as well as to meet the needs of our more vulnerable community members with daily food distributions. As the school district works to provide resources to families and explore options for distance learning, NEF is proactively reaching out to teachers and administrators to determine how we may support them in this crisis.

Our regular 2020 fundraisers have been canceled or postponed. We remain deeply grateful for the generosity of the community in our past fundraisers; it is that generosity that enables us to meet some of the immediate needs of our learning community today as well as plan for a time when students and staff can come together again.

All our best,
The NEF Board of Directors

2019 NEF Fall Newsletter





Try Being Nice – Opening Reception by Mo Willems on 3/8 in support of NEF


Try Being Nice

Illustrated Reflections & Protest Signs from 2018

March 2019

Mo Willems NEFMo Willems and his studio assistant

Occasionally during the roller coaster that was 2018, Mo Willems pulled out his pen and markers as a way to absorb, reflect, and share his thoughts on the events of the day. Try Being Nice collects many of these drawings along with a few signs created for various protests Mo attended throughout the year.(

All of Mo’s proceeds for this show will be donated to The Northampton Education Foundation to help supplement programs and activities for the community’s public-school students.

Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Try Being Nice on Friday, March 8th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).

Mo Willems will not be signing books at this event.

R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Nonprofit of the month at Broadside Books


NEF is excited to be Nonprofit of the Month at Broadside Books from Feb. 10 through March 16!
 
Please come by Broadside to see our window display, learn more about/support NEF, and visit a wonderful independent bookstore!
 
While NEF is Nonprofit of the Month at Broadside:  
  • You can choose to donate all or part of your $10 credit from a full stamp Broadside card to NEF. 
  • You can purchase one of the store’s donation books, and the proceeds will go to NEF.
  • You can donate cash through a donation jar on the store counter.

Small Grants Deadline for Spring 2018


The deadline to apply for a Small Grant is Tuesday October 16th 2018.

View the Small Grant Application here.

The Northampton Education Foundation awards grants twice a year to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching and learning initiatives for the Northampton Public Schools consistent with the district’s goals. Through the grant program, we support the preparation of new instructional materials, methods, and innovative teaching programs that are introduced into a classroom. We also fund extracurricular initiatives that are intended to enhance student learning. Since the grant program was initiated in 1991, dozens of projects have received funding. These projects have been proposed by teachers and administrators, often in collaboration with parents, community members, and local organizations. For summaries of projects undertaken since June, 2000, see NEF-Funded Projects.