$50,000 Match for Pledge Days
The Santa Monica Education Foundation is excited to announce its fourth annual Pledge Days, a weeklong event to raise funds and awareness for Ed Foundation-funded programs in the Santa Monica public schools. In conjunction with the event, Santa Monica Place/Macerich and OneWest Bank will match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, through September 29!
Donations made during Pledge Days will fund staff and programs at schools across Santa Monica. Programs funded by donations include elementary arts, instructional assistants in elementary classrooms, 5th grade ballroom dance and a stretch grant for each Santa Monica school. Each school decides how to spend their grant. Most are used for additional arts, STEM or student wellness programs.
From September 24 to 28, Ed Foundation and PTA representatives will be at each elementary campus in Santa Monica to thank donors and collect donations.
“We are proud to partner with the Ed Foundation to fund critical programs for local students,” said Steve Solk, president of Consumer Banking for CIT, the parent company of OneWest Bank. “The Foundation spearheads learning programs on topics such as art and STEM education, which are crucial to preparing today’s students for successful futures. We hope our support inspires others to join us in making these programs possible.”
“Donating to the Santa Monica Education Foundation is such an important investment in our community’s future,” said Julia B. Ladd, Assistant Vice President, Property Management at Santa Monica Place. “When our schools are strong and providing excellent opportunities for all students, our entire community benefits. We are thrilled to be part of the Ed Foundation’s important work.”
Annual donations and Ed Foundation endowments are funding $2.6 million in programs during the current school year. Fundraising for 2019-2020 school-year programs will continue through June 30, 2019.