Our Approach

From the beginning EPAK focused on trusting teachers to know what their students need most. 

Founded in 1993 in response to Prop 13, EPAK’s microgrants provide teachers with the flexibility and security  to enhance student experiences and support educational goals. We provide funds for books, basic classroom supplies, science tools, art materials and field trips. 

“I taught in a different district where we didn’t have direct resources, so when I received an EPAK grant after I came to the Ravenswood District, it felt like a huge value-add for me and the students.”

In the 2018-2019 school year we awarded nearly 400 microgrants to teachers for a total of more than $225,000 across 13 schools in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. 



Literacy Initiatives


Science Projects


Special Needs Students

In addition to the $600 microgrants awarded twice each school year, we also created a program so new teachers can receive a one-time $250 award to use to set up their classrooms.

Annual Report

Over 93% of funds donated go directly to the benefit of students on average. 2019-20 brought a unique combination of one time expenses and lower donations, which caused our expense ratio to appear temporarily higher than usual.

EPAK is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and our Federal Tax ID is 77-0359913. We are committed to transparency and accountability in our work.


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