Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Growing Opportunities

aka UDEF   |   MAPLE GLEN, PA   |


To enhance the experiences for students in the Upper Dublin School District and fund innovative learning opportunities.

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Executive Director

Michelle Boas

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NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Public School District budget is tight. Tax dollars and shrinking state funding cover basic facilities and curriculum for Upper Dublin's 4,100 K-12 students, but there's little left over for new innovative offerings that enhance learning, supportive programs that mentor students, and opportunities to level the playing field for the underserved. New, more effective methods of teaching exist, but the District often cannot fully fund the extra equipment, technology or professional development to roll out such techniques. Some students require extra support and mentoring from caring adults who guide them through their high school years and prepare them for life after graduation. Upper Dublin is situated in a middle- to upper-middle class community. However, a subset of this demographic represents an underserved population with limited access to the same resources, like homework assistance and enrichment opportunities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cardinal Opportunities

Cardinal Opportunities is a mentoring program supported by the community at large, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation and Upper Dublin School District. The objective of the program is to provide Upper Dublin High School and Middle School students a better chance to succeed with the assistance of supportive, objective and caring adults.

Upper Dublin High School and Sandy Run Middle School along with the Education Foundation match students with community volunteer mentors. The mentors help the mentees (students) prepare for the world of high school, post-secondary education or employment.

The goals of this program include: empowering students to use their potential, exposing students to options and opportunities, helping students focus on the future, assisting students in exploring realistic goals, helping students develop self-esteem and encouraging enriching experiences

Population(s) Served

The Upper Dublin Education Foundation's Grant Program is designed to encourage innovation and to develop resources and meet needs that are not addressed in existing District programs. We are now accepting applications for the May 1 deadline. In the past 5 years, UDEF has funded nearly $100,000 in classroom grants and continues to respond to the needs of the school district. We are grateful for the generous support from individuals, corporations and private foundations that make our Grant program possible.

Any new project, idea, or innovation for which funding is sought must be aligned with the Foundation's overall mission of enhancing the educational experiences and lifetime opportunities of students in our District.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Greenfield Youth Film Festival involves a full day workshop for students from 20 regional high schools taught by industry professionals and college professors specializing in various elements of filmmaking. The relevant and engaging instruction is particularly valuable to aspiring filmmakers. Students from each school are mentored by their teachers as they create their own films to be submitted into the festival. The program culminates in an Academy Awards-style event showcasing those films. The program provides a platform for student expression, giving a voice to important issues and creativity.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

The Annual Medals Program recognizes outstanding Upper Dublin community members including one female and male high school senior, a citizen, an educator and a local business or non-profit organization.Upper Dublin honors its own at a May ceremony at one of the most prestigious awards programs in the area.

The Upper Dublin Medals Program is presented by Upper Dublin Township, Upper Dublin School District, the Fort Washington Business Alliance and the Upper Dublin Education Foundation, which benefits from event proceeds. Please contact Michelle Boas at [email protected] to learn about event sponsorship opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The cornerstone of 21st century skill development is authentic collaboration around relevant and meaningful tasks to create a product or outcome that is of value to others. The School District of Upper Dublin recognizes that the creation of new knowledge through technology is integral not only in how today’s students learn, but also in preparing students for the careers of tomorrow. For education to keep pace with the rapid technological advances in our society, we must develop new approaches to education that appropriately leverage emerging technologies, support collaborative learning, and prepare all students for the dynamic world they are entering. Join us to discuss our plans to leverage a 1:1 learning environment in Grades 5-12 to support personalized learning, engagement, and achievement.

In 2015, helping to transform 6th grade science program at Sandy Run Middle School, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation purchased 120 Chromebooks. Each 6th grader utilized a Chromebook during his/her science class, creating a one-to-one learning environment in which the students were able to collaborate on documents, analyze data and create digital media. This technology helps students progress from information consumers to knowledge creators. Teachers are now able to give real time differentiated feedback as student research and inquiry unfolds, shifting the role of the teacher from the “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side,” building capacity for learner independence. This initial implementation has informed the district’s strategic planning for a broader implementation going forward.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Upper Dublin High School inducts distinguished graduates into its Alumni Hall of Fame every other year following a rigorous nomination and committee review process. This program recognizes alumni who have achieved distinction, an outstanding accomplishment or have made a significant contribution within their professions, in their communities or in the world. The Alumni Hall of Fame is co-sponsored by the School District and the Upper Dublin Education Foundation.

Inductees are selected according to six categories: Arts, Entertainment and Communication; Business and Law; Education; Government and Military; Medicine, Science and Technology; and Philanthropy, Theology and Community Service.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For over 20 years, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation has endeavored to fund innovate programs and enhance learning opportunities at Upper Dublin School District. We aim to bridge the gap between what the District wants to fund and what it is able to fund. Our educators imagine the possibilities. We help make them a reality. In this way, we function as a platform for innovation and an avenue for delivering educational goals beyond those which are budgeted by the District.

Our goals are to:
Stay informed about the District's growing educational needs and strategic wish lists.

Secure resources through fundraiser events, the annual appeal, grants and other development efforts to help fund programs that fulfill our mission.

Define annual budget targets to meet or exceed our development goals.

Effectively run our hallmark programs that enrich students' lives and enhance their educational experiences.

Support inclusive quality and equitable education for students.

Inform the community and alumni network about our services and offer outlets of support from these groups.

Collaborate with curriculum specialists and the Administration to understand the strategic goals of the District.

Meet with educators to understand the educational needs and wants and endorse excellent programs that are equitable across the District.

Plan quality fundraising events, appeals and other efforts tagged with realistic, yet challenging budget goals.

Provide leadership and oversight to our ongoing programs, setting success goals within each one.

Define an annual marketing plan that informs our stakeholders about upcoming events, ways to offer support, our mission and our many accomplishments.

We have a passionate volunteer board of directors and committees with a clear agenda and goals augmented by two accomplished professional staff members.

We meet regularly as a board and committees communicate regularly.

We have outstanding leadership from our Executive Director and exemplary administrative support.

We have open lines of communication between the Foundation and the Board of School Directors.

We maintain a very good relationship with the District Administration.

We set corporate revenue goals from local businesses and development goals.

We have demonstrated support from our community, and marketing to the community.

We have recurring fundraisers and set revenue goals that help us fulfill our mission.

We have methodical internal processes and governance that keep our volunteers organized and focused and

We continue to self-evaluate, apply best practices and challenge our organization to expand our impact.

We have funded a wide range of curriculum-enriching initiatives -- from the smaller educator grants to the larger projects of Chromebook roll-out and Personalized Learning support . We will continue to work with UDSD Administration for priorities to enhance the educational experiences of all Upper Dublin students.


Upper Dublin Education Foundation

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Upper Dublin Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Heidi Yutzler-Overton

Board co-chair

Karen Rapone

Pamela Ryan

Andy Lechman

Babs Krug

Jim Owens

Patti Malitas

Ed Kovler

Laurie Smith

Tina Polin

Rebecca Perkins

Karen Rapone

Becca Sokoloff

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/4/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/04/2021

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.