In an effort to increase MBEF’s funding potential to strengthen academic and enrichment programs for our students, MBEF’s Board of Directors has modified our Giving Policy to allow for Donor-Directed Gifts for purpose-restricted programs.

All Directed Gifts must adhere to a set of guiding policies and principles to ensure they are aligned with MBEF’s commitment to parity and consistency across the District.

Directed Gifts must come from an individual or family, and the District leadership must approve the proposed program.

2015/16 Donor-Directed Gifts

Windsong Trust:

$415,000 to support Elementary Librarians, 21st Century Writing and Literacy TOSA, and High-Risk Counselors at Mira Costa High School.

Katy and Robert Nickell:

$100,000 to support Teacher of the Year Stipends through the Endowment Fund


$50,000 to support Teachers Driving Innovation Grants

Northrop Grumman:

$35,000 to support STEM Units at Manhattan Beach Middle School

Clinton Family:

$32,600 to support Social Inclusion Grants for educators and students, and to implement Districtwide programming focused on inclusion

If you have questions or would like to discuss a Directed Giving Opportunity with a member of our team, please call the MBEF office at 310-303-3342.