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
School Board Representative
Dan Ambrose, President
Maura Matzko, Past President
David Palmer, Treasurer
Palmer Property Management
Donna Holland, Secretary
Suncoast Credit Union
Charlotte State Bank
Michael Saunders & Co
Centennial Advisory Group
Sara Wierhake, Executive Director
Charlotte Local Education Foundation
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.
Board Meetings Schedule
1st Wednesday of each month, 4:30 pm
NOTE: No meeting in July and December
August 10, 2022September 7, 2022 October 5, 2022 November 2, 2022
Executive Committee Meetings Schedule
4th Tuesday of each month, 4:30 pm
NOTE: No meetings in July & December
August 23, 2022September 27, 2022 October 25, 2022
February 28, 2023