There are nearly 18,000 Arizona children in foster care, and a major issue they face is getting a quality education. That’s why Arizona Grantmakers Forum supported legislation enacted last year to expand a foster education pilot program statewide known as FosterEd. The program matches each foster care student with an “education champion” and has helped improve students’ performance and graduation rates. Designed as a public-private partnership, the measure appropriates $1.5 million in funding to the FosterEd program in FY 2018 and allows $500,000 of the appropriation to be matched with private donations.
Please join AGF members to hear from FosterEd contributors Clint Mabie, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and Steve Seleznow, president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, who will provide an update on FosterEd expansion and discuss opportunities to raise additional funds to meet the $500,000 match requirement. Dawn Wallace, senior advisor to the governor for education and strategic intiatives and director of the Governor’s Office of Education, will join us to shed light on the state’s role in the partnership.
Members interested in child safety and well-being, education and public-private partnerships are encouraged to attend. We hope to see you there!