By Allison Fahrney
The Manheim Township Educational Foundation has had a huge impact on our school. It was founded in 1993, and since then it has given over one million dollars in grants to Manheim Township educators.
MTEF was created to provide additional resources for Manheim Township faculty and staff. Their mission statement says, “Manheim Township Educational Foundation (MTEF) provides resources to educators, administrators and school-related groups for innovative educational programs for all Manheim Township School District students.”
MTEF receives funds from a variety of resources. One of its fundraisers is a Memorial Day Red, White, And Blue Streak 5K and Fun Run, held virtually this year due to COVID-19. It is also a recipient of an annual donation from the Clark Foundation and participates in the foundation’s annual Derby Day fundraiser.
MTEF also is an EITC-approved organization. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit allows businesses to direct their tax credit to MTEF, rather than allowing the state government to determine where it goes.
In addition, MTEF receives funding from a variety of local businesses through the MT Community Partners program. Businesses have the opportunity to purchase a sign that will be viewed by thousands of students, parents, community members, and businesses when visiting the Manheim Township campus. Currently, signs are hung up in the Manheim Township High School Arena, Outdoor Stadium, Multi-Purpose field, Softball fields, and pool.
MTEF has provided over 450 different grants with a variety of focuses. Grants are awarded each fall and spring, where educators can submit an application to receive funding for innovative ideas outside the district’s typical budget. Some of the grants provided to the Manheim Township High School are the MT Skylab Observatory, Quizbowl nationals (HSNCT), gallery display panels for art students, and the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.
As a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, MTEF is overseen by a board of directors. The board volunteers its time to support MTEFand the school district. Currently, there are 16 members of the board, along with Executive Director Jenny German and Assistant Director Tammi Fahrney.
If you would like to learn more about MTEF, you can visit their website at www.MTEF.net