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Through a dynamic public-private partnership with Henrico County Public Schools — the commonwealth’s sixth largest school division — HEF serves more than 51,000 students in 72 educational facilities. Since its formation, the foundation has provided $5.3 million in direct funding affecting more than 560,000 students, teachers, parents and guardians across Henrico County. The Henrico Education Foundation funds creative instructional approaches with strong academic goals that directly address the opportunity gap and provides resources for teachers to support the most challenged schools. The foundation’s unique role is vital to meeting the educational needs of our community’s children while providing partnership opportunities for businesses, community leaders and citizens to directly impact public schools.

Over the past 25 years, HEF has played a vital role in meeting the educational needs of our community’s children. As a foundation, we do more than just provide additional funding for public education — we are innovators working in partnership with parents, teachers and administrators, continually identifying and developing initiatives that improve school performance and student achievement.

Our program and funding priorities focus on implementing research-based initiatives that enhance learning in the classroom, create best practices and complement school improvement plans. We support all schools in Henrico County, working to provide every student the resources they need for success. Our funding priorities provide substantive opportunities to improve academic and co- curricular excellence for all.


The Henrico Education Foundation strengthens public education by advancing innovative programs and initiatives designed to improve student achievement.


All schools are strong. All students are prepared.

Strategic Priorities

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Serving as a catalyst for innovation in Henrico County Public Schools

HEF is committed to the belief that best practices are essential to providing a world-class education. We are a catalyst for innovation, collecting and distributing critical information, and advancing specific initiatives the community can support to strengthen public schools. Every day we work hard to engage the community in creating excellence in every school, classroom and educational program in Henrico County. Our innovative initiatives for 2020 include:

  • Innovative Program Grants
  • Community Learning Center Initiative (CLC)
  • Henrico Achievable Dream Initiative
  • Henrico21 LifeReady Exhibition

Preparing K–12 students for success in college, career and community

HEF strives to ensure that every student in our county succeeds in learning and life. Funding from HEF providesprogramming and initiatives that strengthen student achievement, create youth leadership opportunities, provide workforce development programs and resources to ensure that every child, no matter their financial ability, has access to extracurricular learning opportunities. Our initiatives for 2020 include:

  • Equal Opportunity for All Initiative
  • Urban Literacy Initiative
  • Mixed-Delivery Pre-K Initiative
  • Student Scholarships, Tuition Assistance & Credit Recovery Programs

Strengthening educational leadership

Strong leadership is vital to creating outstanding schools and educational programs. HEF is a key component in this effort, providing additional resources for professional development, leadership training, and ongoing educational opportunities for teachers, administrators, students and parents. Our program priorities for 2020 include professional development and learning opportunities for teachers, principals and district leaders through the following:

  • District Leadership Academy
  • Teacher Training and Professional Learning Initiative
  • STEM/STEAM/21st Century Learning Initiatives