35+ years ago, as public schools in Massachusetts faced growing funding obstacles, the Wellesley Education Foundation began its mission of advancing innovation and excellence in the Wellesley Public Schools. Below is a timeline of WEF's development as an organization, along with a listing of its past Presidents.
1984 - 1994
WEF, originally established as the Citizens of Wellesley Public Education (CWPE), was founded in 1984.
During its formative years, it awarded its initial grants and launched what is now the beloved Annual Spelling Bee tradition.
WEF formally became known as the Wellesley Education Foundation in 1993.
1995 - 2005
During the mid 90's, WEF formed a committee to focus on broadening the organization's impact.
The Permanent Fund was established in 1996 with $25K in initial funding, and was further developed in 1998 through contributions from 10 generous donors (the Bradford Society). By 2004, the Permanent Fund had reached $1 million in assets.
This era also marked the launch of the Red Apple Program, which has become a staple WEF fundraiser.
2006 - 2021
For the past 15 years, WEF has continued to grow as an organization and to increase in impact in the Wellesley Public Schools.
In 2013, the Permanent Fund reached $2 million in assets, and in 2018, WEF surpassed $2 million in historical funding.
In the 2020-21 school year,