Dedham Education Foundation


Twenty years ago this school year, a group of Dedham citizens got together with the goal of starting a new organization to support our community’s public schools and make sure that key programs and initiatives threatened by budget constraints would continue.  Throughout the years, the Dedham Education Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in grants.  These grants make possible special presentations that supplement class work, field trips to places such as the Lowell mills, the Museum of Science or the Boston Symphony, district-wide initiatives targeting bullying and other social issues, and special materials for music and the arts.  The current board is proud to build upon the principles that drove that original group and works hard to raise funds that will be awarded as grants to keep valuable enrichment programs like these happening in the Dedham Public Schools. 


In the 2012-2013 grant cycle, the DEF received yet another record-setting number 59 grant requests for a total of nearly $55,000 in needs.  These numbers are indicative of the lack of extra funding necessary to support these enrichment programs, but they are also a credit to the creativity and initiative of our excellent teachers and staff.  The DEF’s Grants Committee works very hard to evaluate each and every grant.  All of the grant requests received this year were deserving, and the DEF would like to be in a position to fund each one for the full amount requested.  Unfortunately, our funds are limited.  Thanks to our careful management of our endowment, ongoing fundraising efforts and the tremendous support from the Dedham community, we were able to fund $18,162 in grants for the 2012-2013 school year.


The DEF is well known for its creative and community-oriented fundraisers, the Annual Spelling Bee and Flock of Flamingos every Spring and Bernie’s Run the first Sunday in October. Throughout the years, the DEF has been a conduit between our community’s tremendous and longstanding of its children and much-needed programs in our public schools that need financial help.


The DEF will continue to raise funds in the most creative and community-minded ways possible. We want our children to continue to visit museums, attend live performances, have guest speakers, read popular and award-winning books and have experiences that can open doors or spark an interest that could last a lifetime. Thank you for your support of the DEF, our students and our public schools.



Steve Bilafer

President, Dedham Education Foundation



The primary source of funding for the Foundation is private donations; donations are the lifeblood of the organization. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.  The Dedham Education Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.  


To make a donation or to become a community member of the Dedham Education Foundation ($25 per family), please go to the organization's website at