The mission of the Simi Valley Education Foundation is to enhance educational opportunities and foster a culture of excellence in the Simi Valley public schools by inspiring students and supporting teachers with innovative learning opportunities; supporting curriculum enhancement activities and programs; providing student scholarships; and sustaining district-wide opportunities for educational excellence for all children in Simi Valley.


The Simi Valley Education Foundation was formed in 1989 by Lew Roth, a Simi Valley School Board Trustee for 23 years. Lew was constantly looking for ways to improve our schools. In 1990, a plan, strongly endorsed by the community, made the official non-profit foundation operational.  Since our inception, we have provided more than $2 million back to our schools.

Over the years, the Foundation has dedicated countless volunteer hours and collected thousands of dollars through individual and corporate donations and grants to provide much needed resources that have benefited public education in Simi Valley.

Teachers, departments and entire schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District have the opportunity every year to apply for Enhancement Grants. This program, with its emphasis on INNOVATIVE PROJECTS and CREATIVE TEACHING APPROACHES, provides funding, not otherwise available, for projects that have a potential to enhance the learning process. These grants are made possible through donations made by community members, alumni, staff, businesses, and special fundraising events.

Our annual Celebration of Education Gala raises much-needed funds to continue to support the programs that SVEF provides to the schools, teachers and students in Simi Valley public schools. Throughout the year we hold additional events to raise money for our schools including our annual Tee Up for Kidz Golf Tournament.

The Lew Roth Awards Dinner honors teachers, administrators and others in our community for their service to education and out monthly Teacher of the Month program honors one teacher throughout the district each month of the school year.

Finally, the Simi Valley Education Foundation provides Scholarships and Endowments to deserving students high school seniors.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Simi Valley Education Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment to all.