September 27, 2016

MBEF's 2016/17 Grants  $5.8 in Funding to Our Schools
Each year, thanks to your generous support, MBEF is able to fund programs at our schools that enrich the lives of every student. In determining the grants for the 2016/17 school year, MBEF’s 33-member Board of Directors identified programs that are most aligned with the priorities that were revealed in the 2016 survey of parents and teachers. The majority of the grants for this academic year continue to fund programs already in place – Class Size Reduction, Counseling, Librarians, Music Teachers, P.E. Teachers, Reading Specialists, Science Specialists, Teacher Leaders in Math, MakerSpace, Science and Technology.

We were also able to identify some shifts in funding that support community priorities, such as a Social-Emotional Health Leader at the Middle School and an expansion of Mira Costa's College and Career Center. To learn more about the 2016/17 grants, please visit Our Grants to the Schools.

  Make a difference

The 2016/17 Annual Appeal You Are the Difference
This year's Annual Appeal is off to strong start and we would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to our incredibly generous parent community. MBEF is truly grateful for the support of every family who has contributed to our current Appeal. Special thanks to our Lead Donors who have donated $5,000 or more. 

If you haven’t had a chance to make your gift yet this year, please take a moment and make a meaningful contribution to our schools. MBEF funded programs – over $5.8 in grants – reach Every Child, Every Day. Give Today!




Show the Love
Please advocate for our schools by displaying an MBEF lawn sign or car magnet to demonstrate your support to friends and neighbors. Lawn signs will be available at your school site and the new car magnet will be mailed upon receipt of your gift. For your convenience, we will deliver the MBEF Lawn Sign to your home or place of business if you prefer. Thank you for showing your support!


Measure C EE

Support MB Schools – VOTE Yes on Measures C and EE
As you know, schools in Manhattan Beach are severely underfunded. MBUSD receives less funding than any other district in the county, and is 4th from the bottom of the state. Only a small portion of our property taxes supports education. To understand why, please review our School Funding Basics. Your donation to MBEF provides funding for programs and educators. The limitations in funding affect our school facilities as well, making improvements and maintenance challenging. 

Following a thorough facilities assessment involving students, teachers and the community, our School Board voted to place two bond measures on the November 8 ballot to address the most immediate needs and improve aging Manhattan Beach school facilities. Measure C will raise $114 million to renovate & improve elementary schools and the preschool. Measure EE will raise $39 million to rebuild the Athletics Education Complex at Mira Costa High School. Learn more about how to Support MB Schools here. Volunteer support is particularly critical at this time.

   Pier to Pier

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk – Sunday, October 23
The annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is a great event that brings our community together for one common purpose – to support children. Last year MBEF received $130,000 from the SKECHERS Foundation for our school-wide participation – funds that support the many programs and educators MBEF is providing in our schools this year. The Walk also provides assistance to The Friendship Foundation, an organization that brings companionship and recreational opportunities to children and young adults with special needs.

If you’re unable to attend The Walk, please consider being a virtual walker to demonstrate your support. Please be sure to designate MBEF as your charity so your donation supports Manhattan Beach public schools! Join the MBEF Team or search for your School Team. Check out the Friendship Walk for more information on the Walk and The Friendship Circle.

  Fall Classic 

Fall Classic Golf Tournament Monday, October 10th 
The inaugural Fall Classic Golf Tournament to benefit MBEF is now sold out! The Fall Classic will be held at the Virginia Country Club on October 10th and is a fun-filled day of world-class golf, great food and drink, and friendly competition – all in support of our students and our schools! Chaired by Todd Klawin, the Fall Classic is produced by Moon Tide Media, the owners of Southbay Magazine, with 100% of net proceeds benefitting MBEF.

We’d like to express our gratitude to the Fall Classic Presenting Sponsors: Beach Cities Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Jim Schlager and Moss Adams Wealth AdvisorsRusnak Maserati of South BayLinksoul, Cleveland Golf, and Srixon. We would also like to extend our thanks to all of the tournament participants and Team Captains. For more about the Tournament, please visit the Fall Classic. 




TEDx Manhattan Beach – Saturday, November 5th
It's about possibility. It's about courage. It's about chance. It's about one simple question that advances, creates, ignites. Meet 14 people who will surprise, delight, educate, and open our eyes to what is possible when we ask, "What if?...".

Join us at TEDx on Saturday, November 5th at Mira Costa High School (new location!) to meet and hear from people who are changing our world. The event is sponsored in part by MBEF, and MBEF donors receive a $10 discount by entering Promo Code “MBEF”. Speakers and further information will be announced soon. Reserve your spot for TEDx Manhattan Beach today.

   MBEF Video - Every Child. Every Day.

MBEF’s 2016/17 Video – Every Child. Every Day.
Our schools would not be the same without the generous support of our community. Check out MBEF’s latest video and learn why your donations are so important. Special thanks to Industrious Films, Jeff Nicosia, and MBEF's 2015/16 Student Ambassadors Priya Chatwani, Brianna Cebello, Arjun Patel and Maddy Angstreich.

  Like Us

In the News and Parent Resources
Please find below a round-up of the most widely read and shared articles from MBEF’s Facebook Page. MBEF is proud to be a resource for our families to interact and learn from experts and each other. Join our Facebook Community and join the conversation.

Great article about MBEF's Social Inclusion Grants Sponsored by Ron and Malissia Clinton and family. Please click here to learn more about the grants.

PE is critical! Thank you for working with us to bring physical education to our children. To do better in school, kids should exercise their bodies as well as their brains, experts say.

Check out this great Teen Wellness Series for parents, hosted by Beach Cities Health District, South Bay Families Connected and pages: a bookstore.

MBEF works with the District to promote social and emotional wellness K-12- through counselors and social emotional learning. This is a great article about raising adults.

“There’s no such thing as a math brain” This year, MBEF is funding Math professional development with Stanford, UC Irvine and UCLA. In addition, we are funding two math teacher leaders who work across the district to coach and support their peers, and reduce class size.

Asked how the Encounter had made him feel, Bo said, “It was kind of like me sitting on a rainbow.” How can we encourage more acts of kindness like this?

MBEF would like to recognize the following Real Estate Partners
for their outstanding commitment to our schools.




Please visit our Real Estate Partner Program for more information. 

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 over 5,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $5.8 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

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