Delray Chamber Education Fund

Origin and History of Delray Chamber’s Education Support

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce has long believed that education is key to the vitality and business of our City.

More than thirty years ago the Chamber established a 501(c) 3 organization to address the needs of public education in Delray, particularly those most in need, and Delray Beach Chamber Charities was born.

In 2019/20 the Chamber’s Education Committee has worked to revamp and update the operations and mission of Chamber Charities.

An Active 501(c)3 at Delray’s Chamber of Commerce

Our 501c3 has now been revitalized with a new mission statement, creating a board of directors separate from the Chamber and a re-named organization –The Delray Chamber Education Fund (DCEF).

The goal of the newly re-purposed Delray Chamber Education Fund is primarily to advance public K-12 schools in Delray Beach through supporting educational programming, services and resources.

With its reorganization the Delray Chamber Education Fund has begun to fulfill its role as a community organization, while continuing to complement the activities of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Our Mission

Develop, support and fund a diversity of educational initiatives that helps make Delray learning programs and schools among the top tier in south Palm Beach County

• Serve as 501c3 tax exempt organization for the Chamber

• Raise funds to underwrite the Delray Chamber education activities

• Work with schools to achieve the most effective outcomes

Programs and Initiatives

• Bus Shelter Program – Celebrating Delray schools in prominent locations…and raising funds in their behalf (Launching May ’21)

• Delray Reads – Citizen involvement in encouraging student love of reading (November ’21)

• Annual Fall Education Breakfast – Honoring our hardworking and dedicated teachers and administrators (August ’21)

• Grants program supporting local public school initiatives. (Launching April ’21, to be awarded at the August Champion of Education Breakfast)

• Spring fundraiser on the Aloft roof deck celebrating academic achievement. (June 3)

How to Support the DCEF

If you would like to support DCEF, checks can be sent to Delray Chamber Education Fund, 140 NE 1st, Delray Beach, FL 33444.

If you would like more information on the Education Foundation please contact Jim Chard at jamesrchard@gmail.com

Board:

• James Chard, President/ CEO

• Pam Seitz, Treasurer/Vice Chair Finance

• John Peters, VP Development

• Kae Jonsons, Secretary

• David Beale

• Niki Knopf

• C. Ron Allen

• Nancy Chanin

• Barbara Stark

• Janet Meeks, Liaison, Education Coordinator City of Delray Beach

Founding Board terms expire December 31, 2021. If you are interested in becoming a board member for the 2021 Term please contact Barbara Stark at bstark@milagrocenter.org.