Give our children the means to excel

Children You can make a direct impact on the future of children throughout our school district by partnering with the Simi Valley Education Foundation. Established in 1989, the Foundation has supported our schools with more than $600,000 in grants and scholarships. We depend on the generosity of our friends to continue our work to improve student achievement by providing grants that:

As our community grows, so do requests for funding. Your support is critical to our being able to keep these programs going. Better schools. Every child deserves a great education. Better communities. Is there a better reason?

Our Goal?

Preserve quality education in Simi Valley by raising funds for the support of the public schools.

Provide financial support for specific materials and programs which that are designed to improve and enhance learning experiences in academics, activities, and the arts.

Promote and improve education by offering innovative and diverse opportunities for learning.

Involve community-minded businesses, families and individuals to support the Foundation's goals. Help us give Simi Valley school students the tools they need to succeed. Simi Valley Education Foundation provides the extraordinary for teachers and students that enrich our schools and strengthen our community.

Welcome Our 2014-2015 Board of Directors

As current and new board members look on, outgoing Board President, Jill Haney (right) receives a crystal gavel as a thank you from the board of directors for a wonderful 2013-2014 year from incoming 2014-2015 Board President Mark Upson. In the photo are several board members who have been on our board 10+ years that we had to say goodbye to: Front row, from the left: Michelle Foster, Carol Richards, Leigh Nixon, and middle row: Jim Riley and Kate O'Brien (each holding a thank you plaque.)

The 2014-2015 Board of Directors

President, Mark Upson
President-Elect, Brian Miller
Treasurer, Allan C. Mann
Secretary, Michelle Scharf
Past President, Jill Haney

New to the Board of Directors this year are Mark Lewis, Kim Milstien, Jennifer Monroe, Lacey Noe, Brian Ring, Dawn Smollen, Kathi Van Etten, and PTA/PTSA Representative Marty De Los Rios.

Current Board Members also include: Glen Becerra, Cathy Carlson, Barbara Glodfelty, Kim Holden, Brian Iverson, Mike James, Bob LaBelle, Carla Lowe, Lulu Means, Mitch McCann, Brian Miller, Dr. Ron Resnick, Michelle Scharf, Dr. Kathryn Scroggin,and Kristin Tignac.

Pictured below are members at a recent board retreat.

What's New....

We have a new program -- Teacher of the Month

The Simi Valley Education Foundation has begun a new program to honor our local teachers in the Simi Valley Unified School District.  The Teacher of the Month (TOTM) program will award one teacher for his/her outstanding performance in teaching and contribution to the students at their school each month during the school year.

Above in the photo, Brian Miller, SVEF Board Member and Chair of the New Program, presents our first Teacher of the Month recipient Maria Baro, teacher at Crestview Elementary, with awards and certificates.

Many of our local businesses have agreed to participate and donate to this program and help us recognize our Teacher of the Month recipients.  We hope this sends a clear message to the teachers that the business community supports and values their dedication to the students of Simi Valley. Each month we will invite our donors listed below to the special presentation to personally be on hand to congratulate them.

Ali Baba Café
Allan C. Mann
Cal State Channel Islands
Gold N Heart
Iverson  Construction
Lazertag Extreme
Simi Valley Auto Spa
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
Underwood Insurance Group
Ventura County Credit Union

On hand to present Maria Baro -- our September Teacher of the Month with her award -- were SVEF Board members, sponsors and elected officials. From the left are: Pattie Braga - Ventura County Credit Union; Jake Finch - SVUSD; Pam Campeau - Representative from Assemblyman Scott Wilk's office; Nora Kuntz, Principal at Crestview Elementary; Maria Baro, Teacher of the Month recipient; Brian Miller, SVEF Board Members and Representative from Supervisor FoUy's office; Brian Iverson and Kristin Tignac, SVEF Board Members; Marie Lakin, Representative from Senator Fran Pavley's office; and Amy Ginnever, Ventura County Credit Union Simi Valley.


In another easy way to help us raise money is when you shop on Amazon.  They have a new program AmazonSmile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.  All you have to do is designate the Simi Valley Education Foundation – click on this link - for more information and to sign up today!


Mark Your Calendars Now for our fall Tee Up for Kidz Golf Tournament

Friday, September 19 at Lost Canyons Golf Club!

Print the flyer above by clicking on this link -- 2014 Tee Up for Kidz Golf Tournament

Click here to be taken to the golf registration site.


Enhancement Grant Applications Now Available - click here.

Lew Roth Award Applications Now Available - click here.


Mark Your Calendars Now for our fall E-Waste Recycling Day!

Held in conjunction with City Living Green Expo

at the Simi Valley Town Center


September 27, 2014 E-Waste Event in Conjunction with Live Green Expo (SVUSD)


Mark your calendars now for the return of our fun Halloween Bash!


Print the flyer above by clicking on this link -- 2014 Halloween Bash Flyer


Simi Valley High Students Receive $11,000 in Scholarships!

Congratulations to our High School Scholarship and Endowment Scholarship Recipients!

Click here for the list of all of our award winners.



Congratulations to our

2014 Lew Roth Award Recipients!

From the left are: Jay Colliate and Barbara Glodfelty (Business Award); Tee Buckle (Management); Jennifer Healy (Certificated); Robert Sherden (Special Education); Mary Patch (Volunteer); Barbara Reese (Classified); and Marilyn VanDyck (Lifetime Achievement).

Click here for more photos.


Read our latest newsletter -- The Highlighter -- Spring 2014-- Click here.


Our 50's Sock Hops was a Resounding Success!

Thank you the following sponsors:

Great Balls of Fire

Union Bank

Blue Suede Shoes

Underwood Insurance Group

La Bamba

Aerojet Rocketdyne
Waste Management

Good Golly Miss Molly

Car Dealers of Simi Valley
Chubb & Son
Simi Valley Hospital
Stewart Lender Services

Hound Dog

Anderson Rubbish

Swink’s Towing


$29,000 Given to Simi Schools -- $1,000 for Every School!!

At the first meeting of the year, board members surprised principals and support staff by presenting a check for $29,000!!

This past year, the Simi Valley Education Foundation had successful  fundraisers as well as partnered with businesses here in Simi Valley, and as a result we increased the dollars raised.

Because our schools support our efforts every year, we wanted to thank them by surprising them with a $1,000 donation each that they can use at their discretion.  


Tee Up for Kidz Golf Tournament A Great Success!!

Thank you to all of our sponsors below!

Underwood Insurance Group, Inc.

Solar City
Southern California Edison
Sukut Construction, Inc.
Waste Management

Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc.

Anderson Rubbish Disposal
DCH Toyota Simi Valley
Rotary Club of Simi Sunset
Robert Thurbon, Attorney
Swink Simi Valley Towing
Union Bank

Silver Star Motor of Thousand Oaks


BEVERAGE SPONSOR - John and Laura Coleman

American Trophy and Awards
Nancy Bannon LPGA Professional
Benefits By Design Corp.
Century Accounting Tax Solutions
Channel Contracting, Inc.
Drs. Dandona, Curry and Oh
Erringer Family Dental Group
Four Brix Winery
FPM Builders & Consulting, Inc
Paul Goodnough, CPA
Robert Harris & Associates
Larry Larson
Houghton Law Group
Iverson Construction
Arleigh Kidd- Simi Valley School Board
Lindsey & Lindsey Wealth Management
Jim Lowry Bookkeeping
Kate O’Brien - Civil Engineer
Pacific Park
SCS Engineers
Simi Educators Associations
Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce
Simi Valley Hospital
Time Realty - Allan C. Mann
Toxicology Management Services
Urban Solutions
Jim and Rachel Vigdor
Wolf Financial Solutions



Visit the Living Green Expo site to learn more about the activities that will be held that day including:

Dozens of green vendors ~ Free children's activities at the Planet Pals Playzone ~ Live entertainment

Click here

Print the flyer above by clicking on the following link:

October 5, 2013 E-Waste Event in Conjunction with Live Green Expo 2-up




2013-2014 Enhancement Grant Applications


2014 Lew Roth Nomination Forms Now Available!

Click here to learn more about our enhancement grant program and to download an application.

Click here to learn more about our Lew Roth Award and to download a nomination form.


Read our latest newsletter -- The Highlighter -- Summer 2013





We Have Been Busy This Past Year!



Congratulations to our 2013 Scholarship and Endowment Scholarship Recipients!

2013 Scholarship Recipients
Corinne Ador Dionisio - Monte Vista High School
McKayla Rosen - Royal High School
Natalie Titcomb - Santa Susana High School
Ankita Devareddy - Simi High School
Debra Smith - Moorpark College

2013 Endowment Recipients
Christian Louderman - Apollo High School
D’Von Henry - Apollo High School
Michael Chapman - Apollo High School



Read our latest newsletter!

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Click here to see photos from our gala!

Our The Roaring 20's Are Back -- Celebration of Education was a resounding success! Our guests had a swanky time as we raised “clams” for the kids. There were moments to treasure and plenty of food and drinks to share and Roaring 20’s Nostalgia was in the air!  

Thank you to the sponsors below for their continued support!

Speakeasy Clams Photo Booth

Underwood Insurance Group, Inc.

Bootlegger’s Dough
Stewart Lender Services
Union Bank

Bee’s Knees
Anderson Rubbish

Flapper’s Find
Keller Williams Realty
Southern California Edison
Waste Management
Cat’s Meow
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Simi Valley Hospital

Swanky Loot
California State University, Channel Islands
Mid Valley Properties
SCS Engineers Swink's Simi Valley Towing

Click here to see photos from our gala!


Meet our 2012-2013

Lew Roth Award Recipients!

Congratulations to our 2012-2013 Lew Roth Award Recipients. From the left are: Barbara Troup, Deborah Salgado, Kriss Corral, Theresa Smyres, Sylvia Beltran, Kelly Kolarek and Kevin Underwood.


Jail & Bail Raises More Than $9,000

Thank You to Everyone Who Donated!

Our “jailbirds” listed below were recently “released” with the help of Simi Valley Chief of Police Mitch McCann after helping to raise money for our schools! 

Pictured are many of our participants. 

Thank you to...
Pat Abruzzese, Angela Baxter, Glen Becerra, Scott Blough, Aldo Calcagno, Rob Collins, Brian Dennert, Michelle Foster, Elaine Freeman, Theresa Garner, Josie Hirsch, Brian Iverson, Mike James, Diana Janke, Anthony Karch, Carla Lowe, Nancy Mason, Michelle McManigal, Lori Neiman, Kate O'Brien, Steve Pietrolungo, Bonny Porter, Lori Rangel, Deborah Salgado, Kevin Underwood, Jim Vigdor, Dan White, Ted Weiner, and Susanne Wolf.


Local Auto Dealers & County Schools Federal Credit Union

Join Forces to Give Back to Our Schools!

This fall the Simi Valley Education Foundation arranged a wonderful partnership with our local car dealers in Simi Valley and the County Schools Federal Credit that benefited public schools in Simi Valley! We are happy to report that together they raised $9,740.

During the Driving Education Back to School Marathon the dealers featured on the left, agreed to make a donation for EVERY new and/or used vehicle sold during the months of September and October.  In addition, $50 was donated for every car bought and financed through County Schools Federal Credit Union.The success of this fundraiser was due in part to everyone who purchased a vehicle also to those who acknowledged and thanked our dealerships for being a part of the program.

Thank you once again to DCH Toyota of Simi Valley, Simi Valley Ford, K&J Auto Exchange, Simi Valley Buick/GMC, Kirby of Simi Valley, 1st Auto Group and Wm. L. Morris Chevrolet. 

We are honored to have the support of these great businesses.  Successful community partnerships create further awareness, commitment and financial support for continued educational development of the students and teachers of the Simi Valley Unified School District.


Click The Highlighter - Fall 2012

to read the latest newsletter above!


$15,000 Grant Awarded from the Alcoa Foundation for

STEM Enrichment in Our Schools!

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) components of education in our district are an important aspect of the curriculum.  The Simi Valley Education Foundation believes we can accentuate and enrich these subject areas and was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to incorporate the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT education kits into current programs of study. Use of robotics brings science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to life for students!

Under the direction of the Simi Valley Unified School District Director of Secondary Education and Director of Elementary Education, the STEM Enrichment Program will be utilized in grades 4-6 in 7 elementary schools and in all three  middle school and all four high schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District.

Pictured are the Simi Valley Education Foundation Board of Directors along with those seated holding the check from the left seated: Jim Vigdor and Kevin Casey from Alcoa Fastening Systems, Ron Todo, Director of Elementary Education and Dan Houghton, Director of Secondary Education.


Board members from the Simi Valley Education Foundation recently presented a plaque to say thank you to Omar Salah, owner of Ali Baba’s Cafe in Simi Valley, for his continued support of our endeavors.

Pictured presenting a “thank you” plaque at his restaurant are from the left: Allan C. Mann, Lulu Means, Kate O’Brien, 2012-2013 SVEF Board President Michelle Foster, Ali Baba’s Café Owner Omar Salah, Carol Richards, Michelle Scharf, Kristin Tignac and Mike Antoun.


Simi Valley Education Foundation Surprised Every School in Simi Valley With a $1,000 Gift Donation -- Totaling $28,000!

This past year, the Simi Valley Education Foundation held new fundraisers (Jail & Bail and Concerts) as well as partnered with businesses here in Simi Valley, and as a result we increased the dollars raised. Because our schools support our efforts every year, we wanted to thank them by surprising them with a $1,000 donation that they can use at their discretion.