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PEF "Spotlight"

BOA check

Jennifer Donaldson, from Bank of America, (R) presents a $5,000 check to Shannan Combee, Grants Program Director at the Polk Education Foundation, (L) to help support PEF’s grant programs!

Polk Education Foundation ranked badge
#17out of top 100 Education Foundations in the Nation!

In the 2014 report "Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation" conducted by Dewey & Associates, the Polk Education Foundation (PEF) ranked #6 in Florida, and #17 in the nation, when compared against education foundations from like sized school districts.. Performance categories used to do the comparative study were:revenues, revenues per student, assets, assets per student, grant and program expenses, grant and program expenses per student, investment income and volunteers.When compared against Foundations with similar revenues, the PEF ranked #2 in the nation. Read the complete report here. View Polk Education Foundation's national rankings here.

Just One for the Kids PCSB
Employee Payroll Deduction

Give “Just One for the Kids” and help the PEF raise money for student and teacher programs in Polk County. If every employee gave just one dollar per week, we could raise over $600,000 towards helping promote education in our district! Click on the Just One for the Kids button at the top of the to make an online donation or click here to use our payroll deduction card.

About Us

Polk Education Foundation LogoThe Polk Education Foundation was created in 1988, as a 501 C 3 direct-support organization for the Polk County School Board. The Foundation serves as the fiscal agent and manager of many educational programs for Polk County Schools. We serve to enhance educational programs for students with private and corporate funds. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community, educational and business leaders, the Foundation has raised and spent over $34 million dollars.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Polk Education Foundation is to help enhance public school programs and to help students reach their educational goals.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Polk Education Foundation is to establish a proactive partnership
between the community and the public school system to link community resources with the
educational needs of its students through reading and mentoring programs, scholarships,
school grants and other educational endeavors.


  • Sensitize the community to the needs of local schools and students.
  • Develop and enhance educational programs and initiatives for students.
  • Raise significant financial support for local schools and help to underwrite countywide programs for students.
  • Challenge parents, business leaders and the extended community to become involved in and be supportive of their local schools, their students and the district's education foundation.

2013-14 Annual Report

2012-2013 Financial Documents

Click Here to View the 2013-2014 PEF Financial Audit

Click Here to View the 2013-2014 PEF Form 990

Contact Information

Address - 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone - (863) 534-0519
Fax - (863) 519-3791

Staff Listing

All phone number area codes are (863)

Name: Title: Phone:
Susan Copeland Executive Director 534-0434
Shirley Brosie Accountant Specialist 534-5073
Shannan Combee Grants Manager, Teacher to Teacher Connection and Grants Program Director 534-0803
Lou Ann Antonelli Administrative Assistant 534-0519

Cheryl Arrington

Take Stock in Children, College Success Coach 519-8076
TBD Take Stock in Children, Program Coordinator 519-8077
Kristen LeFan AmeriCorps Polk Reads, Program Director 519-8638

Visit our Staff Directory to contact any staff member via e-mail

Polk Education Foundation
Board of Directors


Name: Title: Organization:
Jerry Miller President Duke Energy
Kathryn Koch Vice President Lanier Upshaw
Tracy Kimbrough Secretary/Treasurer Baylis and Company, PA
Mary Ruth Wilson Immediate Past President Central Ridge, Inc.

Board Members

Name: Organization:
Carol Barnett Publix Super Markets Charities
Arielle Brodsky State Farm
Paula Dockery Cardinal Insurance
Ebbie Sue Doherty W.S. Badcock Corporation
Al Dorsett Community Activist, Magnify Credit Union
Mimi Hardman Community Activist
Hollis Hooks Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Jan Mercer-Hyman Bright House Networks
Rex Jackson LEGOLAND
Jarvis Kendrick MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
Kathryn LeRoy Polk County Schools Superintendent
Deb Misch Community Activist
Tracy Mouncey Tracy Mouncey and Associates
Dick Mullenax Polk County School Board Member
Steve Petrie Florida Southern College
Cindy Price TECO
Blinda Pullen Bank of America
Ken Reeves Buttercrust Bakery
Emily Rogers Emily Rogers Consulting and Coaching
John Santarpia Magnify Credit Union
Sherrin Smyers Eventrics
John Stargel Polk County Circut Judge
Richard Stephens Holland & Knight
Steve Warner Florida Polytechnic University
Terry Worthington United Way of Central Florida