Downingtown Community Education Foundation
INSPIRING STUDENTS, ENGAGING TEACHERS AND ENRICHING OUR COMMUNITY TO CREATE A BETTER TOMORROW
DCEF is dedicated to inspiring, engaging, and enriching the Downingtown Area School District community by providing innovative educational programs and services to all 13,000+ students. DCEF was formed in 2008 to provide non-tax generated funding necessary to further the district's mission to educate all children to meet the challenges of a global society. DCEF unites various constituencies within the community – students and teachers, parents and alumni, businesses and community groups. We believe that strong schools and school districts lead to strong, vibrant communities.
DCEF works in partnership with, but financially independent, of DASD to provide supplemental funds for programs, grants and scholarships typically not funded by district. DCEF is governed by an all-volunteer board of community leaders who are passionate about public education and committed to DASD student success. An Executive Director, the DASD Superintendent, and one School Board Director serve as ex-officio members of the board.
Explore, experience and learn through fun, hands-on programs after school and during the summer that combine technical knowledge and skills with creativity.
Teacher Innovation Grants
Empowering DASD educators to bring to life innovative programs and projects that impact learning across academic areas.
School readiness in kindergarten is a key indicator of long-term success in school. DCEF offers a one-week program in August to all incoming kindergarten students
Student Empowerment Grants
DCEF supports students empowering them to pursue their passion, do good and become productive global citizens.
DCEF provides assets and educational opportunities for our community. DCEF’s current project is a Learning Trail and Outdoor Classroom at the Marsh Creek 6th Grade Center.
The DASD community supports education and honors the memories of students, alumni and teachers by establishing scholarships and memorial funds awarded to deserving students.
Ways to Support
inspiring STUDENTs, engaging teachers, enriching our community
While no one can do everything, DCEF believes that everyone can do something to help enrich the educational experience of DASD students and create a thriving community. Donors have a variety of options for sharing financial gifts. Donations are tax deductible, and contributions stay within the district.
Share one-time gifts online or by contacting the Foundation directly (JFenn@dcedf.org). We accept checks, money orders, and most electronic forms of payments.
Through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, a qualified business can make a gift to an EITC qualified organization like DCEF rather than pay a percentage of its state taxes.
Special Events & Sponsorships
Become a DCEF Corporate Partner in Education. When community businesses and residents come together to advance world-class education, we inspire students and faculty to create a better tomorrow.
Donors who wish to provide significant, ongoing financial support to the Foundation may do so through an endowment.
With a gift of $10,000 or more, donors may request the designation and creation of a specific DCEF teacher or student grant fund.