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The Community Education Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and organizations to make tax exempt charitable donations to a number of different projects and scholarships.

Please consider a donation to the Community Education Foundation to support the operation of our organization, or designate your gift to any one of our programs!

Community Education Foundation Endowment Fund

     The Community Education Foundation is supported by the

     Kids & Company before and after school program, along    

     with donations provided by grants, and community and

     business donations. Our goal is to build an endowment

     fund that will support the Community Education

     Foundation for years to come, while making other funds

     available to provide more resources for our programs.

Gold Star Fund

     Gold Star is the Foundation's fund used to support

     activities and needs that fall outside of individual  

     programs and grants funded by restricted dollars.

     Donations to the Gold Star Fund help the Foundation by 

     allowing us to determine where your donation is needed

     most! In addition to general operating expenses that help

     keep us up and running, Gold Star includes many of the

     individual funds listed on this page: Gear Up! Students,

     Teacher Classroom Grants, CB Alumni, & Teacher & Staff


Gear Up! Students

     Students are able to perform at their best when their

     personal needs are adequately provided for.  Over 60%

     of students in the Council Bluffs schools are in homes

     where the household income puts them "at risk".

     Gear Up! Students provides funds that school building   

     staff members can utilize to purchase items necessary

     for the immediate needs of individual students that

     parents may not be able to provide. These could include,

     but are not limited to: school supplies, hygiene items, eye

     glasses, prescription medication, & proper fitting or

     weather appropriate clothing.

Classroom Grants

     CEF provides annual grants to Council Bluffs School  

     District classroom teachers for innovative and creative

     projects that enhance the classroom curriculum, especially

     in the areas of math and literacy.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation

     Each month and each year, the Council Bluffs Community

     School District recognizes teachers and support staff

     who go above and beyond in their job. The Community

     Education Foundation partners with local businesses

     to reward these outstanding district employees with

     a meal or cash award for their outstanding service to our


CB Alumni and Friends Network

     The CEF's CB Alumni and Friends Network maintains a  

     vast database for each graduating class of the Council

     Bluffs Community School District. Your donation will help us

     continue to grow activities and efforts to keep CB

     graduates connected and involved.

STARS Scholarship

     STARS Scholarship is a supplemental scholarship for

     low income parents returning to school. It helps pay for

     expenses not traditionally covered by other scholarship

     funds that without, might prevent scholars from

     completing their education. Assistance can be used for

     tuition, books, transportation, childcare, school supplies

     and technology needs, and uniforms or professional



    CEF is the fiscal agent for over 30 scholarships for Council

    Bluffs high school seniors. Please click on the links below

    for detailed information on individual scholarships:

         Thomas Jefferson Scholarships   

         Abraham Lincoln Scholarships

Other Projects:

    Southwest Iowa Leadership Academy

    Council Bluffs Athletic Complex

    Rotary 5th Grade Career Fair

    Dream Playground Reimagined

    High School Robotics Clubs


For questions on any of these programs, or for information on how to start your own scholarship fund, please contact

Christ LaFerla or Brenda Christensen at 712-322-8800.




Giving Levels:

Lifetime Recognition:

       Platinum Investor  $20,000 or more

        Gold Benefactor      $10,000 - $19,999

        Silver Patron           $  5,000 - $  9,999


 Annual Giving Recognition:

      Partner                      $   2,500 - $  4,999


      Advocate                   $   1,000 - $   2,499

      Sponsor                      $       500 - $       999

      Friend                         $      100 - $       499


*Donors are recognized via annual publications  

  web site, & events, unless an "Anonymous"

  designation is requested. In addition, donors at

  the $5,000+ level will receive a plaque, unless

  otherwise instructed.


Ways To Give:

Please click on our

"Ways To Give"

brochure for more information on opportunities to partner with us!


Click Here

 Ways To Give


Thank you for your consideration when making decisions regarding charitable donations!

Together we can make a difference!

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