Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Inc.

aka Chesterfield Education Foundation   |   Midlothian, VA   |


Our mission is to provide equitable educational opportunities and increase classroom innovation for Chesterfield County Public Schools' students.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Dr. Tyren Frazier

Main address

13900 Hull Street Road

Midlothian, VA 23112 USA

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Formerly known as

Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Inc.



NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every student deserves a quality education. Chesterfield Education Foundation (CEF) was founded in 1989 by community and business leaders who recognized that public funds alone cannot adequately support the ambitious efforts to advance student achievement in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Suburban poverty is growing across the Richmond region, Virginia and the United States. As cities are redeveloping and seeing stable or declining poverty rates, the inner-ring suburbs are seeing an increase. Poverty in Chesterfield County grew 110% between 2000 and 2018 (Chesterfield County Planning Department). Historically concentrated along the Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway corridor on the east side, we are experience growing pockets of poverty across the county. In a school district of 63,000 students, 38% are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals. More than 24,000 students are living in household with earnings below the poverty level. 50% of Chesterfield students are minorities. (VDOE, 2019-20

Our programs

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

Classroom Innovation Grants

The MCD Awards, provide grants to teachers and other Chesterfield County Public School staff members for developing and implementing innovative educational programs in and out of the classroom. Awards are announced every spring for the the following school year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Foundation recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni from Chesterfield Public Schools. Each year five to seven alumni are honored at the Bravo! Awards, a gala dinner and awards ceremony. The honorees also spend time in the schools sharing their personal stories, talking about the opportunities that their Chesterfield education opened up for them and motivating students.

Population(s) Served

MEGA Mentors connects trained volunteers with secondary school students to focus on life skills, leadership, academic achievement and professional opportunities.  The program is currently in seven middle and high schools  If you have an interest in volunteering to mentor, tutor, become a speaker or chaperone, contact the foundation directly at 639-8774.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The foundation provides scholarships annually to graduating students. They are funded through endowed funds and annual contributions by businesses and individuals in the community.  A total of $15,000 - $20,000 is allocated each year.

Population(s) Served

Stuff the Bus - Over $20,000 in school supplies donated annuallyChesterfield STAR - Financially support the summer reading programTeacher of the Year Awards Internet accessOther projects as agreed upon with CCPS leadership

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Emergency Response Fund was established in 2020 to accept donations for Chesterfield families that are in need of support to combat the impact made by COVID-19. Student internet access, direct support to families facing food insecurities, and student school supplies are areas that this fund supports during the pandemic. This fund will continue to be used to serve students and families in our community who are affected by COVID-19 as well as assist in other foundation priorities. These foundational priorities allow CEF the flexibility to respond accordingly to the community’s greatest needs during this time of uncertainty.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants reporting greater issue awareness

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Public education has an important role to play in equitably preparing all students to lead successful and happy lives. Research and experience has proven time and again that students and schools thrive when enveloped in community support. By working together, we can enhance the potential of students, cultivate positive relationships, promote excellence in teaching, and inspire innovation in education.

Chesterfield Education Foundation works with our diverse stakeholders — teachers, families, school board and administrations — to design and deliver programs that move the needle. Collectively we are building an equitable educational environment in which all of Chesterfield’s students are prepared to succeed.

Over the next three to five years, Chestefield Education Foundation aims to:
• increase awareness about CEF and the needs within Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS)
• close education gaps by leveraging resources to provide access to equitable educational opportunities in Chesterfield county
• pilot and help sustain innovation in the classroom and the division
• build capacity to increase fundraising to $2 million annually and expand program development

Bolstering Chesterfield County Public Schools’s strategic embrace of an infinite learner mindset,
Chesterfield Education Foundation sponsors programs that have a two-fold purpose. The first is to enrich the learning experience of our students and the second is to provide tools for teachers as a way to promote innovation and creativity while reinforcing safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments.

Here are a few of the ways we champion students and teachers to embolden authentic learning:
• MCD Awards
CEF’s classroom innovation grants foster innovation in the classroom with particular emphasis on engaging students in STEAM.

• summer literacy programs
CEF’s Chesterfield STAR (Summertime Access to Reading) program is designed to reduce summer learning loss by providing targeted 3rd - 5th-grade students in every CCPS elementary school with self-selected summertime reading materials

• supplies
CEF annually collects and distributes over $20,000 in donated school supplies for those in need.

Through the Mega Mentors we provide vital social-emotional supports with small group mentoring to at-risk middle and high school students of color

•PSAT/SAT for all
CEF’s new partnership with the College Board removes the time, cost and transportation barriers that have limited access to this important college entrance exam for economically disadvantaged students.

Since 1989, CEF has helped garner community support and engagement that has catapulted Chesterfield Public Schools into one of the most respected and successful public school districts in the country. As a robust public-private partnership, CEF funds innovative scholastic programs, enables teacher recognition and enrichment programs, supports mentoring programs and hosts the Bravo! Awards which celebrate outstanding alumni of CCPS. We work closely with the Superintendent and school administrators to implement strategic growth while meeting ongoing basic needs of schools, classrooms, teachers, and students.

For example, in the spring of 2020, CEF mobilized the community with the establishment of the Emergency Response Fund to address urgent needs. The necessary turn to remote learning magnified an already deep schism in resources as low-income and minority students without internet access were de facto locked out of the virtual classroom, perpetuating educational inequities for groups of students who have historically lagged behind. CEF worked with the school district to ensure that each student had a device and a way to get online so that learning — for all — could continue during this unprecedented time.

Before COVID-19, CEF strived to close gaps and open opportunities for students from low-income families; now our mission is more vital than ever. The pandemic exposed bare inequities of a digital divide disproportionately impacting low-income families and people of color. CEF worked with the school district to ensure that every student has the basic tools of learning in a digital —a device and reliable internet access: the pen and paper of this century—tools that too many students are not yet able to take for granted. Beginning in March 2020, Chesterfield Education Foundation established the Emergency Response Fund to support the needs of Chesterfield County Public School students, staff and families as a result of the pandemic including needs related to internet access, resources to print/mail packets and supplies to students, weekend meals for students who are hungry, and more. We were positioned as the lead organization for donors to invest in to support students during this time and as a result have worked with the county to make remarkable strides in closing the digital divide ensuring that all K-12 students had

How we listen

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Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2021
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Board chair

Mr. Gary Armstrong

Armstrong Partners

Term: 2013 - 2022

Linda Uphoff

Uphoff Ventures

Gary Armstrong

Armstrong Partners

Moses Foster

President & CEO, West Cary Group

Howard Corey


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Greg Gwaltney

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Candice Hunter

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Dante Jackson

Ebony Pyke


Fred Shuford

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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
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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