Established in 2003 the Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF) was founded by community members who recognized that the quality of its educational system and the vitality of our community are inexorably intertwined.
The Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization, operates independent of the Cabrillo Unified School District for the sole benefit of the students attending our local public schools.
The idea of creating private education foundations to support public schools gained momentum in California after the passage of Proposition 13 in 1976. By limiting the property tax base, Proposition 13 endangered funding for public schools. Since the late 1970’s many foundations have been created to funnel money directly into the local public schools so that the level of academic excellence would not be compromised by the lack of adequate state funding.
In 1982, the California Coalition for Education Foundations was established as a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public education by building the capacity of the over 500 local education foundations in California. For more information about education foundations in California, please visit www.cceflink.org.