The History of the Wellesley Education Foundation

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1984 - 1994

The Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF), originally established as the Citizens of Wellesley Public Education (CWPE), began its mission in 1984 – at a time when public schools in the state of Massachusetts faced drastic budget cuts and the departure of many educators.

 

During its formative years, it awarded its initial grants and hosted the first Annual Spelling Bee – an event that has become a time-honored tradition each November.

WEF formally became known as the Wellesley Education Foundation in 1993.

1995 - 2005

During the mid 1990's, WEF began a focused effort to broaden its impact – resulting in a significant increase in its funding assets.

The Permanent Fund was established in 1996, endowed with $25,000. The Fund further grew in 1998, when ten donors each contributed $10,000 – forming 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 in 2000, which has become a staple WEF fundraiser.

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2006 - 2021

For the past 15 years, WEF has continued to grow as an organization and to increase its 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, WEF launched a partnership with local scientists and school administrators to support the implementation of one of the first public-school viral testing programs in the nation. The COVID-19 Innovation Fund provided $600K in funding for this endeavor. 

Presidents by Year

2020 - 2021

Liz Larsen and Jenn Fallon

2019 - 2020

Maura Sullivan and Elizabeth Svedlund 

2018 - 2019

Victoria Ostler and Maria Chase

2016 - 2018

Susan Ryan and Erica Recht

2014 - 2016

Linda Chow and Carol Morrow

2012 - 2014

Annie Cohen and Michelle Arbeely

2010 - 2012

Patti Quigley and Anna Sereiko

2008 - 2010

Susan Doran and Laura Hockett

2006 - 2008

KC Kato and Terri Tsagaris

2005 - 2006

Terri Tsagaris

2002 - 2005

Janet Larson

1999 - 2002

Arthur Priver

1997 - 1999

Laurie Whitley

1996 - 1997

Vickye Kivett

1992 - 1996

Craig D. Mills

xxxx - 1992

Nancy Saunders

1984 - xxxx

Frank Haydu