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Education Foundation Raises More than $200,000 During Pledge Days


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October 4, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Education Foundation raised more than $200,000 in one week during Pledge Days, spurred by a matching gift of $50,000, Foundation officials announced Thursday.

The gift from OneWest Bank and Santa Monica Place/Macerich inspired 351 donors to give a total of $205,503 between September 23 and 29, officials said.

“Pledge Days and this match are a brilliant example of our entire community supporting education,” said Linda Greenberg, Executive Director of the Ed Foundation.

During the Pledge Days drive, Ed Foundation and PTA representatives were on campuses at all Santa Monica elementary schools thanking donors and encouraging others to contribute, officials said.

The event also included two one-day Flash Matches. On September 26, FLEX College Prep matched donations up to $2,500 and on September 28 David Yun and the Eighty8 Group matched donations up to $5,000.

Donations to the Education Foundation during the drive fund staff and programs at schools across Santa Monica.

Programs funded 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," Foundation officials said. "Most are used for additional arts, STEM or student wellness programs."

During the current school year, annual donations and Ed Foundation endowments are funding $2.6 million in programs, officials said.

Fundraising for the 2019-2020 school-year programs will continue through June 30, 2019.

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