San Marcos Educational Foundation (SMEF)


Dear San Marcos Unified School District Parent or Guardian,

As parents or guardians of students in the San Marcos Unified School District, we are all painfully aware of the lack of adequate funding from the state to support the curriculum and initiatives needed to provide the best education to our children. Did you know that there is an organization in San Marcos with a mission to close the gap in funding? In 1982, the San Marcos Educational Foundation (SMEF) was formed by a core of San Marcos parents, teachers, and community leaders to provide grants to teachers. The goal of the foundation is to provide direct financial support to teachers for the procurement of enhanced curriculum for needed classroom projects.

The San Marcos Educational Foundation (SMEF) is pleased to announce the results of our 2012-2013 Curriculum Enrichment Grants to SMUSD faculty. SMEF will be funding 34 of the 89 grant applications. Sixteen district schools will be receiving awards totaling $20,516. This year was a SMEF record for the number of applications received and for the amount of money awarded. In the Foundation's 30 year history, we have distributed over $400,000 to schools within the district.

As evidenced by the increased number of grant requests received, the need for additional funds in the schools continues to grow. You can help! Donate to SMEF. We are a 501-C (3), non-profit organization. Donations to SMEF are tax deductible and may qualify for corporate matching gifts from your employer. There are several ways to donate:

San Marcos Educational Foundation

P. O. Box 1332

San Marcos, CA 92079

You can also help by becoming a member of the board. Occasionally, board positions become available. If you are interested in becoming a SMEF board member, please send an e-mail to:

A little bit more about SMEF: The foundation's mission is to enhance and enrich the classroom programs of SMUSD while working within the established curriculum. SMEF supports programs in levels K-12 which fall within the adopted state curriculum guidelines. Annual funding is available for items and programs not normally funded by the district.

SMEF is a nonprofit, tax exempt, corporation operating independently of the district with its own board of directors. The foundation's funds are generated through tax deductible contributions from businesses, individuals, foundations, payroll deductions, and annual fundraisers. Over 98% of donated funds go directly to support the classrooms and libraries in the SMUSD. To find out more about us, please go to our website:


Dr. Richard M. Skay

SMEF President

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