Fund the Future


“FUND THE FUTURE” with PEF today by joining us in financially supporting the

PEF Impact Grant Program

Click Here to setup a recurring monthly donation. 

Click Here to make a one-time donation to PEF.

When you make a financial pledge to PEF’s Fund the Future you are making a direct impact on the students of Petaluma when you support the PEF Impact Grant Program, available to every TK-12 public, charter, and not-for-profit private school in the Petaluma area. PEF has awarded over $3,898,639 in grants to teachers and administrators to enrich the academic experience of all students promoting academic excellence since the program first was launched in 1983.  

Your gift today is elevating the educational opportunities for each and every child in local classrooms!

The goals of the PEF Impact Grant Program are clearly defined:

  • Create a level playing field in the classroom for students of all abilities and backgrounds.
  • Actively engage students in the learning process.
  • Provide educators opportunities to transform the delivery of education in the classroom.

Ways to Give ยป

Donate: Online, Phone, or Mail

To donate to the Petaluma Educational Foundation simply click any of the DONATE ribbons or tabs on this site to be directed to our secure online payment page. You are also welcome to call our office at 707.778.4632 to make a donation with your credit card. If you prefer to mail your donation, our address is 200 Douglas Street, Petaluma CA 94952.

Recurring Giving

Establish a recurring monthly gift to make a sustained difference for our students. Your online donation is secure and flexible. You choose the amount you wish to give each month, and you can change, or cancel, your pledge at any time. Sign Up now and make your first donation by credit card online.

Memorial and Honor Giving

A donation to the Petaluma Educational Foundation is a thoughtful and meaningful way to celebrate the importance of education in the lives of students and educators. Gifts can be made to recognize milestones, to express appreciation, or in memory of a loved one.  Once your gift is received, PEF will promptly send a card to the honoree or family acknowledging your gift.

Employer Gift Match

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employee engagement with local charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours or match contributions dollar for dollar.  Some will even double or triple the amount of your gift.  Please inquire with your company’s Human Resources or Community Outreach department on how you can leverage your gift to create even more impact for the organizations, like PEF, and programs you feel passionate about.

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

To make a donation through a DAF, please follow the instructions provided by your fund and mail your gift to Petaluma Educational Foundation, 200 Douglas Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Gift of Stocks and Securities

When you give stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares that you have held for a year or longer, they IRS allows you to make your gift without recognizing capital gains on the appreciation, in add-on to a tax deduction as allowed by law. Contact us today at (707) 778-4632 or to learn how PEF’s Investment Advisory team at Exchange Bank can manage the transfer. Please consult your accountant or financial advisor for
specific benefits based upon your personal plan.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Are you of the age where the IRA Charitable rollover is a tax-smart and increasingly popular way to support an organization like PEF? Contact us today at (707) 778-4632 or to learn how your gift will create opportunities for generations of local students to follow their dreams. Please consult your accountant or financial advisor for specific benefits based upon your personal plan.

Planned Giving: Wills, Trusts, Gift Annuities, Insurance, IRA’s

There are many ways to make a gift to thePEF, including through Planned Giving Planned gifts  can come in many sizes and forms, each with important tax benefits We encourage you to discuss the option best for you with your legal and financial consultants.  Gifts can be made through a variety of resources including a bequest, a trust agreement, life insurance, retirement plan assets. Learn how this type of donation will create a lasting legacy for local education and also fit into your financial, tax, or estate planning goals. READ MORE

Alphabet Soup Benefit Thrift Store

Our two downtown benefit thrift stores operate in support of the mission of PEF benefiting the students and schools in our community.  This volunteer-supported retail operation is open to serve customers, be a place to donate quality in-kind items, and volunteer knowing your gift of time and talent is making a difference in local education. Click here for more information.

Community Partnerships & PEF Annual Partner for Education Program


We offer a customized year-long partnership program through our PEF Annual Partner for Education Program.  This program provides year-round acknowledgment and exposure for our partners who place education at the top of their philanthropic passions.  The July – June program carries a well-rounded benefits package including BASH sponsorship, PEF Impact Grant Partnership Funding, and other contributing elements to brand your business as an active participant in supporting the local community. Please contact us today to discuss customizing this program to fit your organization’s goals. We celebrate our PEF Annual Partners for Education in all that we do and in all our marketing outreach in the community. For information on Corporate Sponsorship levels and benefits from our annual gala PEF BASH to unique PEF community-based events, please contact Executive Director, Maureen Highland at 707.778.4632 or