Purpose:The Bensalem Education Foundation, Inc. was established as a broad-based, non-profit community organization for the purpose of securing resources from individuals, corporations, community organizations and foundations for distribution in support of programs that benefit and improve the educational opportunities of students in the Bensalem Township School District.
History:The Bensalem Education Foundation was formed when a group of concerned citizens and administrators realized that the district was going to have multiple lean financial years. Proud of the quality of programs and opportunities the district has historically offered its students, this team formed a 501c3 organization to support extending the educational mission of the district.
Timeline:Spring 2012 - Group begins meeting monthlyJune 2013 - Election of officersSeptember 2013 - PA-nonprofit status grantedOctober 2013 - Bensalem Education Foundation (BEF) introduced to the community at Bensalem Fall FestivalDecember 2013 - BEF announces logo contest winner and unveils logoDecember 2013 - BEF receives first donation as recipient of proceeds from the American Celtic Christmas ConcertJune 2014 - Election of officers and addition of three new board membersJuly 2014 - 501c3 public charity status granted by Federal governmentApril 2015 - Inaugural BEF gala
June 2015 - Election of officers and addition of three new board membersSeptember 2015 - BEF starts "spirit accounts" for all 9 school buildings in the districtNovember 2015- BEF and BTSD co-sponsor grand opening reception at BHS performing arts center; two additional board members addedJanuary 2016- Joined the National School Foundation Association (NSFA) and Association of PA Education Foundations (APEF)February 2016- Distinguished Alumni Award committee startedMay 2016- Robotics team qualifies for World Championships in St. LouisJune 2016- Family Fun Day co-hosted with Cherokee Day CampJune 2017 - Applied for EITC funding