About Us

History & Mission

Founded in 1989, the Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that brings our community together for the investment of advancing student learning and teacher leading. By increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership, CLEF continues to be a community catalyst and convener around innovation in student learning.

CLEF works in partnership with the community and businesses to bring critical resources that are not funded by normal tax revenues to help students succeed in their academic and personal achievements. These needs are met through student scholarships, mentoring and dropout prevention strategies, free school supplies for low-income students, teacher quality and recognition programs, classroom grants, literacy improvement strategies, technical/career education initiatives, and targeted support for low-performing students and schools.


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Board of Trustees

Steve Dionisio
CCPS Superintendent

Bob Segur
School Board Representative

Dan Ambrose, President
Community Representative

Maura Matzko, Past President
Community Representative

David Palmer, Treasurer
Palmer Property Management

Donna Holland, Secretary
Suncoast Credit Union

Candace Kellog
Community Representative

Kreg Mahue
DMK Associates

Sara Perri
Charlotte State Bank

Genny Ramachandran
Michael Saunders & Co

Barbara Roche
Centennial Advisory Group

Sara Wierhake, Executive Director
Charlotte Local Education Foundation


Special Meeting
Thursday, December 8th 9am, via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81524716992. We will be discussing the audit which you can download and review HERE.

Board meetings and Executive Committee meetings are now held via Zoom.

  • Board meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm (except December and July) via Zoom, unless otherwise noted.
  • Executive Committee meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm (except July, November, and December) via Zoom, unless otherwise noted.
  • All meetings are open to the public
  • Any disabled individual who needs reasonable accommodations for meetings may contact the Educ. Foundation office, 941.255.7500 x1798, prior to the meeting date.

The Giving Partner

We are registered with The Giving Partner, a collaborative partnership between the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota, Manatee Community Foundation, and the Patterson Foundation. It is your source for knowledge about charitable nonprofits in Southwest Florida. For more information, click here.

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Board Meetings Schedule
1st Wednesday of each month, 4:30 pm

NOTE: No meeting in July and December

August 10, 2022September 7, 2022October 5, 2022November 2, 2022


January 4, 2023February 1, 2023March 1, 2023April 5, 2023May 3, 2023June 7, 2023
Executive Committee Meetings Schedule
4th Tuesday of each month, 4:30 pm

NOTE: No meetings in July & December


August 23, 2022September 27, 2022October 25, 2022


January 24, 2023

February 28, 2023

March 28, 2023
April 25, 2023
May 23, 2023
June 27, 2023