We are a community-based organization
giving grants directly to teachers.
Nestled within the heart of Silicon Valley, there is a stark difference in the 13 schools we fund compared with neighboring schools in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Woodside. Our students are challenged by overwhelming socioeconomic pressures and the schools are underfunded with low teacher salaries and high turnover rates.
For generations, education has been the path for children to rise above their economic circumstances. Our vision is based on narrowing the equality gap in education by providing grants directly to teachers so their students can have the same opportunities as children in neighboring communities.
Founded in 1993, we are an all-volunteer organization with a record of granting over 93% of funds raised directly to teachers in the 13 eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto public and charter schools we serve. We have funded more than 5,000 teacher-led projects.
We believe geography is not destiny. All children should have access to the best education possible. The demographics illustrate how every donation matters in a community where 7 out of 10 students are English learners and 4 out of 10 students are homeless or housing insecure.
A striking testament to the power of our mission—nearly 40% of the EPAK’s all-volunteer Board are former educators in the Ravenswood City School District.
EPAK promotes educational opportunities for public and charter school students in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Founded in 1993, we are a private, 501(c)3 non-profit foundation; all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
We accept applications from teachers of pre-school through 12th grade twice a year—fall and winter. Click here for more information.