Who We Are

The New Bedford Education Foundation (NBEF) is a non-profit organization that supports educational opportunities for New Bedford public schools’ students beyond what is funded through the school budget.

NBEF solicits and channels funds used to enhance and expand the educational opportunities provided to students of New Bedford public schools. NBEF is independent of the School Committee and public revenue sources, and is a fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

The port city of New Bedford presents an opportunity to seed and develop competencies in Arts, World Languages, and STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering, Mathematics), including marine sciences. Our sea heritage is rich in diversity, with artistic and cultural depth reflective of two centuries of trans-global trade.

NBEF works with regional arts, cultural and STEM resources to extend learning from the classroom into our community and around the globe.

Mission & Vision

MISSION: To promote New Bedford public-school excellence through the awarding of privately-funded grants aimed at (a) providing transformative educational opportunities for students in New Bedford Public Schools, (b) supporting professional development for members of the faculty and staff at New Bedford Public Schools, and (c) strengthening the partnership between New Bedford Public Schools and members of the community they serve.

VISION: We envision New Bedford Public Schools as places where students are challenged and engaged in both inquiry–based and project–based learning, where students have access to state-of-the-art educational resources, where innovation is the rule…rather than the exception, and where students grow to become eager lifelong learners, not only proficient in present-day technological and analytical skills, but motivated to make a positive impact on the world in which they live.