The mission of South Pasadena Educational Foundation is to support educational excellence in the public schools of South Pasadena— through fundraising and operation of enrichment programs.

In 1979, in response to educational budget conditions not unlike those faced today, a group of concerned parents and community leaders formed the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF). Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charity in 1980, SPEF was designated by the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) as the official private fund-raising organization for the support of the district’s educational programs.

Since its inception, SPEF has provided much-needed support to South Pasadena students in all educational areas including academics, books and technology, libraries service and support, visual and performing arts, foreign languages, science, character education, critical thinking, career center, staff development, counseling, and athletics. Donations to SPEF have always supported all five of South Pasadena’s public schools:
Arroyo Vista, Marengo, Monterey Hills, South Pasadena Middle School, and South Pasadena High School.

Over the past three decades, SPEF has raised over 11 million dollars to restore and enrich educational programs our school district could not fund alone. SPEF raises funds through generous donations as well as by administering for-fee summer school and after school programs that provide enhanced learning experiences to local students. SPUSD schools are the cornerstone of our community and the number one reason families move to South Pasadena.

South Pasadena Educational Foundation values and protects the privacy of its donors. Donor contact information is only used to support the mission of SPEF and South Pasadena Unified School District. Your information is never sold nor made available for commercial purposes. Requests for anonymity are honored.