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Uniting our community in support of quality public education since 1986

The Pinellas Education Foundation is a coalition of business and community leaders who collaborate to improve the quality of public education. Together, we advocate for public education achievement, create programs to improve student and teacher performance and raise funds for scholarships, grants and teacher recognition.

Read on to learn more about our vision, or click below to meet the team who’s working to fulfill it.

Our Vision

Our vision is that every student will be prepared for life after high school, whether the choice is to attend college, to enter the workforce, or to obtain technical training.

Our Mission

Our mission is to accelerate educational achievement for ALL students through the effective mobilization of innovation, relationships and resources.

Belief Statements

Equity for All

We believe everyone deserves a high-quality education.

Value of Public Education

We believe that public education is a primary determinant of our county’s economic prosperity and future success.

Multiple Pathways

We believe in preparing students for the variety of postsecondary and career pathways available to them.


We believe in serving as a catalyst that activates new, more effective solutions to some of education’s most pressing issues.

Continuous Improvement

We believe in learning from our work and using these discoveries to inform the best solutions and investments in education.


In 1986, our Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Gus A. Stavros, started a local, economic education impact program for Pinellas County Schools called Enterprise Village. In the years since, the Pinellas Education Foundation has grown and championed many innovative programs in support of this initiative, including Youth Connect, Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program, Enterprise Village and Finance Park. Our efforts have raised more than $188 million to support the students and teachers of Pinellas County Schools, and the Foundation is consistently ranked among some of the top public school education foundations in the United States.

The Pinellas Education Foundation has also been rated four stars by Charity Navigator, named Clearwater Chamber’s 2018 Not for Profit Business of the Year, and ranked the #1 Education Foundation according to a national study featured in Education Week.

- Career Opportunities -

Development Manager

The Development Manager is responsible for administratively supporting, planning, implementing, and managing the Pinellas Education Foundation fundraising and donor events, with a focus on ensuring the success of all development processes and fundraising activities.

College and Career Readiness District Manager

The College & Career Readiness District Manager is the primary point of contact and first line of district support for the assigned cohort of school-based College & Career Centers. The District Manager assists the school college and career-readiness teams with postsecondary preparation activities and events, including those conducted through the College and Career Center.

Youth Outreach & Recruitment Specialist

The Youth Outreach and Recruitment Specialist grant-funded position performs varied duties in the recruitment of students in appropriate career preparation programs.  Works with schools, training providers and other organizations in locating students who will qualify as participants under the terms of the grant. Works with guidance and admissions department to ensure students are assisted in the selection of an appropriate career preparation program based on aptitude and career assessment.