In 1986, a small group of Summit residents had an idea. They recognized private funding invested in our schools would encourage creativity and innovation. The Summit Educational Foundation was formed. In 2011, a group of SEF's dedicated leaders added an endowment fund for long-term strategic initiatives. Through continued community commitment to excellence in our schools and donors like you, SEF has awarded over $8 million in our schools through teacher and district grants.Thriving public schools are essential to the vitality and economic well-being of our community. Serving children of all backgrounds and economic circumstances, strong public schools prepare students to become productive workers and informed citizens, foster friendships that transcend neighborhood boundaries, strengthen property values and engender civic pride. Summit has long enjoyed a reputation for high quality education and SEF has played a paramount role in funding grants that distinguish our schools as the top performing in the state and nation.Since its inception, SEF has striven to unite the Summit Community and School District to push the envelope in new and innovative ways to provide the best education possible to its students. In the Spring of 2018 SEF was selected as the first "Outstanding Education Foundation" by the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership. SEF will continue its tradition of being a leader among Education Foundations.