About SEF

The Snohomish Education Foundation is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves students and teachers of the Snohomish School District. Our Mission is to foster learning by expanding opportunities for Snohomish School District students. Between 1986 and 2017, the Foundation (through fundraising and administration of community scholarships) has granted over $1.8 million dollars in scholarships to graduating seniors, funded over $670,000 in classroom grants and gives approximately $10,000 each year towards the purchase of new shoes for children in need and over $400,000 in District-wide programs.


  • Enrich and enhance individualize learning for each child in the Snohomish School District.
  • Provide funding for shortfalls in student programs for the following categories: Relevant and impactful curriculum, engaged learners, lifelong success, thriving teachers.
  • Increase community involvement in student success.
  • Engage a vibrant, active board that involves the community, runs an impeccable non-profit, and makes a positive impact on student and teacher success.
  • Support Snohomish School District goals.


  • Support fully individualized learning so each child has real-world experiences to become career and college ready.
  • Create critical thinkers and student growth with innovative and creative programs.
  • Invest in teacher excellence by advocating, inspiring and enabling teacher innovation.
  • Demonstrate the values of public education by connecting community with schools.
  • Operate with transparency, responsibility and agility.
  • We are located at 21 Avenue A, Suite 6, in the heart of downtown Snohomish.



Frequently asked questions about the Snohomish Education Foundation

  • I pay school taxes. Isn’t that enough?  No. Unfortunately, the amount the State of Washington provides combined with levy dollars does not meet the costs of education expected by the Snohomish School District community. The money that is collected through taxes and levies provides for basic educational supplies, salaries and capital improvements. The Foundation is working to enhance what your taxes pay for. We are working to provide additional classroom equipment, materials and student scholarships for college so that students will have learning opportunities beyond what the state can pay for.
  • I support my PTA/PTO. Why are you asking me to support the Foundation too?  Each local PTA/PTO does a great job of support programs in their individual school. The Foundation is working to address District-wide programs and is not limited to a particular school. Many people want to use their donation to meet the needs of children throughout the District, beyond their affiliated school and also provide scholarships to our graduating seniors. Donating to the Foundation is one way to do this.
  • What exactly will the money raised during the Year-End Ask be used for?  Our grants, Snohomish Education Foundation scholarships and District-wide programs are all the result of SEF fundraising which all encourage innovation and excellence which translates to a valuable successful classroom experience for our students. In 2016, the Foundation funded 65 classroom grants totaling $69,000, funded $25,000 in scholarships and $40,000 in district-wide grants.
  • How does the Foundation decide what projects to fund?  The Trustees of the Snohomish Education Foundation select items that best fit the mission and goals of the Foundation. Our focus is on innovative classroom grants in all the schools across the District. SEF also teams with School District personnel to identify and prioritize projects. Communication between SSD and SEF is critical in determining what programs SEF are able to fund.
  • Can I designate my donation for specific school or project?  Yes. Any specific and separate gifts given outside of a fundraising event/campaign can be specified for a particular program of your choice.
  • Is the Foundation part of the Snohomish School District? How are they related?  Although the Foundation’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities for all Snohomish School District students and works closely with District, the Foundation is not part of the Snohomish School District. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that raises money to support the education of all Snohomish School District students in public schools. It has its own Board of Trustees and staff. The dispensation of funds raised is based on the mission and goals developed by the Foundation trustees.
  • What if I have more questions?  Please feel free to call the Foundation office at 360-568-5292, send an email to office@snoed.org, or contact us through this website.

What We Fund

The Snohomish Education Foundation funds programs in the Snohomish School District, including innovative classroom grants to teachers that benefit student learning. These grants are applied for by District teachers and staff. Scholarships to graduating seniors at Glacier Peak, Snohomish, and AIM High School. District-wide programs that need funding. These funds are granted to various District projects through SEF fundraising as the funds become available. Our priorities are to curriculum in the Snohomish School District that include (but not limited to):

  • Literacy and Arts.  Strong reading and writing skills are the heart of academic success in all subjects. They are also closely linked to future employment. Throughout our District, SEF grants pay for textbooks, classroom libraries, leveled books, teaching resources for literacy education at all grade levels, music and art programs.
  • STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The 21st century workplace demands a labor force with these skills. In response, the Snohomish School District offers curriculum and program innovations that seek to deliver the best in STEM education. The Snohomish Education Foundation works closely with the District to ensure that students and teachers have the technology, equipment, programs and local industry partnerships to offer a comprehensive STEM experience within our schools.
  • Advanced and Disadvantages Learners.  The Snohomish School District strives to provide student success on every level to each of its more than 10,000 students. Rigorous curriculum and varied programs meet the individual needs of students and challenge them to excel academically. The Foundation has a long history of funding programs that will help in meeting the goals of the District for students who are advanced as well as disadvantaged. We also partner with the SSD to fund programs such as the Snohomish School District’s Summer Science & Arts Academy, Future Problem Solvers and other achievement programs that address non-academic barriers to learning.
  • Health and Enrichment.  Since its inception in 1986, the Snohomish Education Foundation has sought to enrich and extend students’ educational experiences in many different ways through fitness, healthy living and activities and service learning.

How We Raise Money For The Benefit Of All Snohomish Students

The Snohomish Education Foundation is funded solely by private contributions of individuals and businesses. We hold major fundraisers each year including:

  • Snohomish Education Foundation Annual Breakfast – Glacier Peak High School (March)
  • Hansen Shoe Fund – (Spring)
  • SEF Annual Auction – (November)
  • “Giving Tuesday” – Year end annual donations (November-December)

School Liasions

School School Liaisons SEF Board Partner
Cascade View Elementary Erica Farmer Mary Waggoner
Cathcart Elementary Dawn Ipsen Dustin Birashk
Central Elementary Ryan Davis Merle Kirkley
Dutch Hill Elementary Cyndi Vannoy Tanya Mock
Emerson Elementary Ryan Davis Tom Paulson
Little Cedars Elementary Kelly VanValle Mike Edwards
Machias Elementary Valerie Axtman Mary Waggoner
Riverview Elementary Elaine Harvey Julie Robinette-Smith
Totem Falls Elementary Brook Freestone Robin Stefanson
Seattle Hill Elementary Angela Cohen Janelle Farley-Beyer
Centennial Middle School Sanda Anderson Erin VerHoeven
Valley View Middle School Janeill Rummerfield Carol Robinson
AIM High School Carol Robinson
Glacier Peak High School Kasara D’Elene Patty Venema
Snohomish High School Keely Reinhard

2017- 2018 Annual Business Sponsors

Corstone Contractors, LLC
Coastal Community Bank
Mountain Pacific Bank
Tanya Mock Managing Broker & Home Staging
Harvey Field
Snohomish Flying Service
The Beresford Company
George Orthodontics
KOZ Development
Chinook Lumber
Ideal Communications
Foster Pepper PLLC
Moss Adams LLP
Community Transit
Centennial Family Dentistry
First Financial Northwest Bank
Columbia Bank

2017- 2018 Donors

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2017- 2018 Community Partnerships

Hop Jacks
Outback Steakhouse
Kusler’s Compounding Pharmacy

Board and Staff

Dustin Birashk
Jon Doney
Mike Edwards
Janelle Farley-Beyer
Brenda Fodge
Nate Foster
Mona Gedney
Louise Hanson
Mal Harding
Merle Kirkley
Tanya Mock
Tom Paulson
Keely Reinhard
Julie Robinette-Smith
Carol Robinson
Robin Stefanson, President
Steve Thomas
Patty Venema
Erin VerHoeven
Mary Waggoner

Ken Hammond, Executive Director
Tiffany Bidne, Office Assistant