• MEF Overview

    As a non-profit organization, completely run by volunteers, the mission of the Madera Elementary Foundation (MEF) is to enhance the Madera Elementary School experience for all our students, families and staff by supporting curriculum and building a sense of community. Our goal is to educate the child through programs that enhance the core curriculum, expand the arts, integrate technology in the classroom, promote physical fitness and build a positive learning environment. MEF’s sole purpose is to raise money to provide programs that the school could not otherwise sustain. All monies raised go directly to the school to benefit our students.

    Click here to view the Madera Elementary Foundation 2023-2024 Budget

    Sign up as a member of PTA and MEF using this printable form.

    Contact MEF: maderagiving@maderaelementaryfoundation.org

    Click here to find out how to donate to the MEF, or use the button below:

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    2023 – 2024 MEF Board of Directors

    • Co-President: Cheri Saito
    • Co-President: Eleni Laughlin
    • Vice President: Nicol U-Jacob
    • CFO: Marianna Lauber
    • Secretary: TBD
    • Annual Giving Coordinator: Gretchen Bernheim & Malcolm Quon


    • Amanda Beverly
    • Amy Maynard
    • Carrie Sze
    • David Ranch (Ex Officio)
    • Joe Fahs (Ex Officio)
    • Pier Sun Ho
    • Precilla Mandujano
    • Rachel Staub
    • Sandra Ibrahim Senese
    • Tram Le-Nguyen
    • Veronica White
    • Vinny Abeygunawardena

    Madera Elementary Foundation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the Madera Elementary Foundation?

    The Madera Elementary Foundation (MEF) is a non-profit, parent-run organization dedicated to raising funds in order to provide educational enrichment programs not funded by our school district. 

    What does MEF do?

    The MEF pays for educational enrichment activities that benefit students at Madera Elementary School.  These activities include, but are not limited to:  music program, garden program, reading support, assemblies, field trips, puberty education, library books, and classroom and office supplies.

    Where does MEF get the money to pay for educational enrichment activities?

    The MEF relies on the support of its members and other volunteers to obtain donations from individuals and organizations.  In addition, the MEF depends on the effort of volunteers to organize events and activities that generate revenue.  These efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Annual Giving.  The MEF will periodically solicit parents, legal guardians, family members, other community members and/or organizations to make contributions.

    Madera Gala.  The MEF will organize an annual charity gala.  Funds will be generated by auctioning off goods and services donated by individuals and businesses.  In addition, funds will be raised by selling tickets to the Gala.

    Madera Jog-a-thon.  The MEF will organize an annual event at which students raise money by obtaining monetary pledges from friends and family for running.

    Business Sponsor. The MEF will solicit business sponsors at various cash levels, and in return  will advertise their business within the Madera community.

    Madera Market.  The MEF will periodically organize events at which Madera Elementary students can sell goods and/or arts and crafts, with proceeds  deposited into the MEF’s account.

    Restaurant Nights.  The MEF will partner with various local restaurants so that if the family of a Madera Elementary student eats at the restaurant on a designated date, the restaurant will donate a percentage of the cost of the meal to the MEF.

    Shopping Rebates.  The MEF will partner with various local businesses and online businesses so that if Madera families buy goods or services from the business on a designated date, the business will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the MEF.

    How can I be a member of the MEF?

    Please fill out the membership form and pay the membership dues, which are currently $5 per member. Please click here for a printable form to sign up for both MEF and PTA.

    What do members of the MEF do?

    The most important responsibility of the MEF members is to elect the Directors of the MEF.  The election occurs during the MEF’s annual meeting, which is held in May or June.  Members may also call special meetings to vote on filling vacant Director positions, removing Directors, amending the MEF’s Bylaws, and whether to dissolve the MEF, sell its assets or merge with another organization.

    Who runs the MEF?

    The directors of the MEF run the organization.  They decide which enrichment activities to fund, and they organize fundraising activities.  The directors meet at least monthly.  The term for a director is one year.

    How many MEF directors are there?

    The Bylaws require that there be at least eight directors, but no more than 18 directors.  That number includes the President of the Madera PTA and the Madera Principal, both of whom are automatically Directors.

    Does the MEF have officers?

    Yes.  The directors are required to select from among themselves a President, a Secretary and a Chief Financial Officer.  The bylaws also provide that there may be co-Presidents, one or more Vice Presidents, and one or more Assistant Secretaries.

    How can I be one of the directors of the MEF?

    Because all directors (other than the Principal and Madera PTA President) are elected by the members, a member that wants to be a director must be nominated as a candidate for the election at the annual member meeting in May/June.  There are two ways to be nominated:  (1) any member may nominate a person to be a director at the annual member meeting; (2) the MEF President is required by the Bylaws to appoint a committee to select candidates for election to the board of directors, generally at least 90 days before the annual member meeting.   The candidates that receive the most votes become directors (up to 16 candidates may be elected).