For Educators

Do you have a BIG idea for your students that needs funding or need a helping hand in your classroom? The SFEF provides support where you need it most.

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Need a helping hand?

The San Francisco Education Fund recruits, trains and places volunteers to work in all grade levels, subjects and San Francisco public schools. Any public school staff person is invited to request a volunteer*.

Request a Volunteer

Volunteers can tutor K-12 students one-on-one or in small groups to build math, reading, science or other academic skills. Volunteers can also lead Mindfulness lessons, become a student’s mentor, help with classroom organization and other projects, provide homework help during afterschool programs or work with students on extracurricular activities, such as music and art.

If you know someone who is interested in volunteering, the San Francisco Education Fund can help individuals fulfill the San Francisco Unified School District’s clearance requirements so they can start volunteering in your classroom.

We receive a large number of volunteer requests and have a finite number of volunteers. We cannot guarantee that every teacher who requests a volunteer will receive one-but we’ll do our best!
Apply for an Educator Grant
Teachers have great ideas for how to improve their schools or classrooms, but they often have limited resources to bring those ideas to life.

The Ed Fund’s Educator Grants support teachers, principals, and administrators at select high-need schools with funding for projects that enhance student learning. Elementary and middle school educators at select schools can receive up to $5,000. In 2022-23, SF Ed Fund is offering a unique grant opportunity for projects and initiatives that ‘Create Joy’ for teachers and students. There will be two application cycles within the Create Joy theme – one each Fall and the other in the Spring.

With an emphasis on enhancing teacher skills and learning, the Create Joy Grant will support opportunities that:

  • Promote a caring and inclusive classroom culture or
  • Enhance student well-being and mental health or
  • Invest in social and emotional learning or
  • Increase student and parent engagement all to “Create Joy” within the school

Educators will have full discretion over their project, including the planning and the implementation of how they will use their funds, and the Ed Fund is here to support educators with the logistics and planning of their project.

Educators can apply for up to $5,000 via the application below:


Applications are open to any teacher or administrator at an Ed Fund Priority School

Teacher Wellness Stipends

The Ed Fund partners with Room to Breathe to provide Educator Well-Being Stipends to educators at several SFUSD schools.  This stipend is designed to empower educators to attend to their own personal well-being so that they are best positioned to model well-being for young people and positively contribute to a culture of well-being within the school.

The educator wellbeing stipend provides every interested adult on campus (both certificated and classified staff) a stipend to use toward a well-being practice of their choice for the duration of one school year.

Note: The stipend is evenly split between two semesters with an opportunity to select a new well-being program/practice at the beginning of each semester.

The following SFUSD schools are eligible for R2B educator stipends:

  • Malcolm X Academy
  • Charles Drew Elementary
  • Carver Elementary
  • Paul Revere PreK-8
  • Longfellow Elementary
  • Cleveland Elementary
  • Sanchez Elementary
Help Us Award Scholarships to Students

Each year, the San Francisco Education Fund awards the Maisin Scholar Award to college-bound SFUSD seniors.

We are eager to partner with you to identify students from your school who would benefit most from this scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years.


The Circle the Schools Program creates partnerships between schools and local companies to help schools reach their unique goals.

Corporate partners can provide large groups of volunteers to help with read aloud activities, Hour of Code, mock interviews, company field trips, Back to School Setup, and other special events.

Check to see if your school is paired with a corporate partner.