June 4, 2013

MB Schools Smash It Again

Parents aren't the only ones noting the value of good schools. According to real estate blog, MB Confidential, "when [buyers] come for the schools, they're creating a virtuous cycle - more people who prioritize education will tend to bring students who perform well, thereby enticing more people to come for the schools. For the long-term future of MB, and MB real estate, that's good." Click here for more.


MBEF Introduces 12-month Installments

For the first time ever, you can make your annual MBEF donation over a full year instead of the previous eight-month maximum.   The hope is you will consider giving a little more for the upcoming appeal, which officially begins in July.  Increased donations are needed to cover the cost of additional grants that saved small 3rd grade classes, reading specialists, and small English classes at MBMS and Costa. In total, parent donations help fund $5.4 million of grants at our seven schools. See the entire list of 2013-2014 grants here.

Donate now to take full advantage of the installment plan.


MBEF Recognizes Top Volunteer Last month, MBEF held its second annual Volunteer Recognition Night to acknowledge outstanding efforts of its volunteers, especially our Annual Appeal and Wine Auction volunteers. It is because of volunteers that MBEF has very low overhead (less than 10%), leaving more funds for our $5.4 million in grants next year.  Outgoing Annual Appeal Chair Dawn Bush received MBEF's Volunteer Excellence Award. The event, which was held on the rooftop of Equinox, was generously donated by the club and several local vendors.   Read more.

2013 Manhattan Wine Auction

Explore the World and More: Top Items from Upcoming Manhattan Wine Auction. This year's Manhattan Wine Auction, which sold out in 21 hours, will again host the top restaurants and wineries. Live Auction items include trips to Augusta, GA, for a Masters golf VIP experience, a private tour of SpaceX, trips to London and Paris and Napa, Staples boxes for One Direction and Taylor Swift, and so much more.   See full list here. 

Great Schools Forever

Endowment Nears $10 million

Back in the 1990s, MBEF leaders started an endowment fund, modeled after those funds at universities and private schools.  The bold concept was (and still is) to build a sustainable funding source for our schools. Now, the MBEF Endowment Fund is just a few hundred thousand short of its initial funding goal of $10 million - the point at which returns can help fund annual grants.  Join in the Endowment Challenge at this year's Wine Auction and help us make history!  Learn more about the Endowment here


MBEF College Map:  Where are they going?  Check out the latest College Map with all the fine universities and colleges that will welcome Mira Costa's Class of 2013 this coming fall. 

Thank You to Grand View Elementary School for hosting the outstanding GV Gator 5K last weekend. Proceeds go to MBEF which in turn benefits all our students.

Summer school or no summer school? Read  The Case for Summer School for Kids, in Parenting magazine.

MBEF would like to recognize the following Business Sponsors
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:



Thank you to all our Business Sponsors.  Click here for full list and learn more about our BSP.     

About MBEF:  Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is an independent non-profit established by parents and community leaders to financially support the seven public schools of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.  Since 1983, MBEF has granted much needed funds to supplement state funding and has helped MBUSD continually rank in the Top 1% of school districts in California.  With nearly 3,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $5 million, MBEF is one of the oldest and most successful educational foundations in the state.  Any questions or concerns about this communication should be sent to communications@mbef.org.

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