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Rochester Education Foundation:  Because every child deserves a great education.
Be a Sponsor


    The Rochester Education Foundation was founded on the idea that it          should be easy to offer tangible help to Rochester city school students. At   REF, we welcome your involvement in the programs we have underway or in those we're planning, and in building REF through fundraising. We also welcome help with our existing fundraising events and ideas for new events.

How can you get involved? Call 271-5790 or e-mail us at if you are interested in any of the following:

Donate your energy, knowledge and experience to REF as a volunteer.

Our active volunteers make a huge difference in a tiny group like ours. Do you have experience in marketing, board membership, development, education, design, project management, evaluation, grant-writing, or fund-raising events? Give us a call or send an email.

Launch your own Give Back, Give Books event

Please contact us if you're interested in launching your own new book drive or fundraiser to support book purchases as part of our Give Back, Give Books program. We also encourage you to consider organizing a book-donation event for city school students. Local businesses and organizations have worked with REF to pair with a classroom, a school, or an entire grade to provide books for young people. You can donate the books for us to distribute, or work with us to set up a distribution opportunity for your group. This is a great activity to do for a holiday fundraiser.

Support Spring for Music with instruments, fundraisers

We're happy to work with you if your group or company would like to stage an event to support Spring for Music. Events in the past have included concerts, dormitory events, and holiday parties.

Volunteer for FAFSA Fest!

Help students and families complete financial aid forms for college. We train volunteers to help fill out the FAFSA forms, and also appreciate volunteers for other tasks during these events. For more information about FAFSA Fest please go to:


Help with our Partnership Awards Event

Our "A Toast to REF" event honors valued community partners of Rochester city school students. We invite organizations and corporations to contact us about sponsoring this high-visibility event. We welcome volunteers to help us make the event a success. Particularly needed: Experienced graphic artists, event organizers, and experienced program and advertising coordinators.



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