Notice of Intent to Dissolve  

The Shelby County Education Foundation was created in 2001 to help support and fund special projects with the Schools in the Shelby County Public School System, and, later, any public school in Shelby County. To this end, the Foundation and its Board is proud to have raised over the years over $1,000,000 through various efforts including what became the annual Race for Education, the Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner and specific donor supports. The Foundation has distributed over $1,000,000 for such projects as the Small Classroom Grants program, various Art grants and awards, as well as assisted as a non-partisan conduit for funding dedicated by donors to a smooth transition of the combination of the Shelby County Schools and the Memphis City Schools several years ago.

There are now seven public school districts in Shelby County and various charitable groups been created which now support the specific schools / districts in the County. After careful consideration, the Board of the Shelby County Education Foundation sees its role as an umbrella organization for all public schools in Shelby County as complete and has voted to dissolve the Foundation on or about March 31, 2022. It has determined to distribute remaining funds to certain charitable organizations that support one or more public schools in Shelby County.
The Foundation appreciates all those Officers, Directors, volunteers and donors who have assisted the Foundation in its efforts, and, in particular, the Foundation appreciates the efforts of all faculty, staff, and students that help contribute to the overall communities pride in the public schools (or any school) in Shelby County, Tennessee and quest to make all schools in Shelby County an even brighter star for the community as a whole.

The Foundation is aware of no outstanding claims against the Foundation; however anyone who has a claim is invited to submit it for consideration to the Foundation’s Interim Executive Director, Andy Wagner, by mail to 1785 Groveway Drive, Germantown, TN 38139, no later than March 10, 2022.

Help  us provide Personal Protective Equipment to Shelby County Students when they return to the classrooms hopefully in January.



United Health Insurance


Channel 24/30

Knowledge Tree

Shelby County Sheriff Department

Memphis Police

Cargill Cotton

Williams Sonoma

Shelby County Government

The Shelby County Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization promoting community support for the enhancement of high quality education for the students and staff in the Shelby County School Systems. The Foundation partners with community leaders and businesses to provide additional resources for the Shelby County School Systems. Through this partnership we support the communities that the school system services.


300 Students were able to get their first experience learning a string instrument.  Students who wished to pursue strings further were given the opportunity to join the guitar club and deepen their knowledge of a family of instruments which they had not previously had hands on experience with.  TY so much for the opportunities you have given our students at Bon Lin Elementary.

Ashley Finch, Bon Lin Elementary

The funds we received will be used for building a school greenhouse to give children a hands-on opportunity to learn about biological sciences, taking care of their community through practices of sustainability, self-care skills of growing their own food, and a place for outdoor activities in the winter.

Bob Nardo, Founding Head of Libertas School of Memphis