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MVEF Executive Director Elected President of Indiana Association of Public Education Foundations

INAPEF, the Indiana Association of Public Education Foundations, is a nonprofit association formed to augment efforts of local K-12 education foundations, helping them expand learning opportunities for their students. We enhance the efforts of local foundations—both existing foundations as well as new and forming foundations. By working together, our common goal of supporting public education is achieved.

Mt. Vernon Education Foundation, Executive Director, Renee Oldham was elected to serve as the 2022 President of INAPEF at their annual conference held at CIESC on November 9th. She was also elected to her third term as a board of directors of INAPEF. She has served the past three years in the capacity of treasurer and a member of the executive team. Oldham also chairs the organization’s Finance Committee and serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee. Oldham stated,” She is humbled by the opportunity to serve and excited about the meaningful work of the INAPEF organization. It’s going to be an exciting year as we work with our recently hired Association Manager, Krista Baber to develop our strategic plan, to support tax-credit education legislation while enhancing development opportunities for our members!” I am thrilled to be working with such a dedicated board which is made up of extraordinarily cutting-edge and gifted leaders!”

Background on INAPEF

INAPEF’s Vision

Through INAPEF’s support, local education foundations will be indispensable leaders in providing resources to advance high-quality public education to Indiana’s children.

Your Success is Our Mission

INAPEF exists for one reason: to support public education foundations across Indiana in their missions to support their local school districts by raising private dollars.

More than 60 education foundations around the state belong to INAPEF to learn, network, share and connect so they can make their foundations as successful as they can be. There’s not enough time to go it alone – utilize the ideas and experiences of others to strengthen your own foundation. 

The Impact of Education Foundations
94% of Indiana’s children attend public schools each day and each day more than 1/2 million Indiana students are impacted by the work public education foundations are doing to bring innovative, inspiring, and engaging opportunities to help students learn into their classrooms.

​Public education foundations raise private dollars that are granted to their local school districts to help fund the initiatives that public funding for schools just can’t cover. These K-12 public education foundations in Indiana bring in more than $13 million annually to school districts across the state.

​Many education foundations offer classroom and teacher grants and some offer scholarships to students in the district. But education foundations are also having a larger impact on many districts that they serve by funding initiatives such as:

  • Literacy mentoring program for 2nd and 3rd graders
  • Homework club after school – with bus transportation
  • Summer science camps
  • Come Read With Me – parental literacy sessions
  • STEM
  • Academy of Finance
  • Career Development
  • Vocation Programs
  • Dual-credit program
  • Summer and intersession enrichment camps – Robotics, Science, Creative Writing
  • Providing grant writing training to teachers seeking additional external funds
  • Backpack program support
  • Teachers serving as college counselors for students
  • Wireless connection
  • Graduation coaches
  • Hands-on, interactive history lessons in refurbished log cabin
  • Career workshop for high school girls on careers traditionally for men