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Education Foundation of Bloomington


The Education Foundation of Bloomington is in the business of helping students – before, during and after they sit down in a classroom. We care that students are ready and excited about learning. Through our Student Success Stipends program we offer students, who don't have the economic means or are disenfranchised due to race or family situations, opportunities to participate in learning. In fact, we gave over $60,000 of financial assistance to students in recent years. For those who need backpacks, school supplies and bus passes, we are there to help. We also fund: extra curricular activities; music, theater and academic enrichment opportunities; and class fields trips for those in need. When students have access to learning opportunities it boosts self-esteem and helps them feel good about school.

A few examples of the many programs funded by our Student Success Stipends:


We sponsor an exciting summer program, SLAM (Summer of Laughs, Adventures and More; formally Summer Spectrum), to help out many children who otherwise might not be able to participate. We will use proceeds from the golf tournament for this program, and part of those funds will be matched by the Bloomington Community Education Dept. We expect to support about 100 students in Summer 2016.


This year two qualified Valley View Middle School students cannot afford to attend the the Close-Up Foundation Washington DC trip. So thier teacher, Mr. Ziegler, is personally raising money to help them out. He contacted us for support and we will be part of a team of sponsors for these two students. Valley View is a school in our district with a staggering majority of its kids on free and reduced lunch assistance. The EFB has relationships with many teachers in this school, and throughout the district, because they know we are a resource for help.


Because of the close relationship the Bloomington Community Education Department has with our students, they truly have the ability to identify those who want to participate in extracurricular activities but cannot afford to (especially elementary and middle school kids). During the 2013-2014 school year, we sponsored over 30 students identified by Community Education so that they could attend summer band camp, participate in the summer musical, join the after school chess club, and receive music lessons.

Educational Program Stipend Requests

Donate to EFB

If you would like to make a financial contribution to EFB, please click the "Donate" button below.

Want to request a stipend?

Request a Stipend by downloading our form, completing it, and returning it to EFB.

Return via Mail:

Education Foundation of Bloomington

c/o Marcie Coval

Bloomington Public Schools - ESC

1350 106th Street

Bloomington, MN  55431

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Stipend Request Form

Please consider supporting our Bloomington students in need with a donation to the Education Foundation of Bloomington, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Mail: Education Foundation of Bloomington

2575 W. 88th Street Bloomington, MN 55431