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Santa Monica Education Foundation Raises More Than $600,000 Without Malibu's Help


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By Lookout Staff

September 13, 2018 -- Nearly 1,000 donors helped raise more than $600,000 during the Santa Monica Education Foundation's first solo back-to-school giving campaign, officials of the non-profit announced Thursday.

The $607,755 raised by 928 donors fell short of the record $658,805 raised during the pledge drive last year, but that total included donations from Malibu.

This was the first year money was collected under a new School District policy that replaced a centralized fundraising model with separate fundraising efforts for Santa Monica and Malibu schools ("School Board Separates Santa Monica, Malibu Fundraising Efforts," July 6, 2018).

The fundraising efforts were split up after donations from Malibu parents to the joint Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation fell far short of those from Santa Monica parents ("Santa Monica School Board Member Says Malibu Parents Boycotting Education Foundation," May 16, 2016).

The money raised this year was topped with a $50,000 matching grant from Bird, the company that fueled the craze for electric scooters in the beach city ("Bird Donates $50,000 Matching Grant to Santa Monica Education Foundation," August 20, 2018).

The grant was announced shortly before Bird was one of four companies chosen by the City to operate electric scooters during 16-month pilot program ("Bird, Lime Named Among Companies Allowed to Rent E-Scooters in Santa Monica Pilot Program," August 30, 2018).

During last year Bird helped round out the Foundation's fundraising goal with a donation of $11,500.

"It is so inspiring to see the Santa Monica community rally around a cause that benefits so many youth," said Carl Hansen, director of Government Affairs at Bird.

"Investing in programs for students helps improve public education throughout Santa Monica, and we are glad to see others have joined us in support of our community schools."

Other donations this year included a $5,000 one-day Flash Match from David Yun & the Eighty8 Group and a $2,500 Flash Match from Santa Monica Music Center, Foundation officials said.

“This was a terrific start to our campaign this school year and we are grateful for our donors’ dedication to ensuring an excellent education for all Santa Monica students,” said Linda Greenberg, the Foundation's executive director.

Annual donations and Ed Foundation endowments are funding $2.6 million in programs during the current school year, Foundation officials said.

Fundraising for 2019-2020 school-year programs will continue through June 30, 2019.

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