The Wallingford Education Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation) was formed in November 2003 and is comprised of Wallingford citizens and business leaders focused on raising funds to be used in the public school system. The Foundation is led by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers. The Foundation has no paid staff and minimal operating overhead, enabling it to direct the majority of its financial resources to fund programs.
The Foundation funds educational projects, programs, technologies and initiatives which are not typically within the parameters of the school system’s budget. The Foundation is operated and controlled as a non-political entity independent of both the Board of Education and the Wallingford Public Schools, is not funded by any state or municipal governmental budgets. The Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and is a certified non-stock cooperation in the State of Connecticut, and is a member of the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations.
The Wallingford Education Foundation is a non-profit, community-based partnership supporting educational innovation and excellence in our town.
The Wallingford Education Foundation empowers ideas and enhances educational experiences for students, educators and community members. It provides financial support outside the education budget that is aligned with the goals and focus areas of the District’s strategic plan.
Fundraising and Mini-Grants
Funds in the amount of approximately $156,700 raised by the Foundation have enabled it to provide annual mini-grants for programs initiated by exceptional school teachers. These grants are typically between $500-$5,000 and are not renewable. Perhaps our greatest achievement to date, the mini-grants, have enable thousands of students to participate in a more fulfilling educational experience.
The Foundation has done two signature projects. The first donation in the amount of $28,000 was Cook’s Table Restaurant at Lyman Hall High School. The Foundation’s donation helped to provide restaurant- grade kitchen equipment, furniture, linens, tableware and more. The second signature project was the digital restoration of the Mahan Planetarium and Learning Dome at Sheehan High School. The Foundation raised over $110,000 with donations, fundraisers, grants, and corporate sponsors. This premier facility will be used by Wallingford students and residents, as well as students and residents from other communities.
In February, 2005 the Foundation received a sizeable gift from the Estate of William Giordano, Sr. for the purpose of providing a scholarship to graduating seniors from Sheehan and Lyman Hall High Schools. The William Giordano Sr. Scholarship is funded by the Foundation, and administered by the Wallingford Public Schools. Students are encouraged to contact the Guidance Departments at each high school for more information.
The Foundation awards two scholarships each year to graduation seniors through the William Giordano Memorial Scholarship Fund.