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Rochester Education Foundation:  Because every child deserves a great education.
Be a Sponsor

Make a Donation

The Rochester Education Foundation is dedicated to raising resources and improving the lives and education of Rochester's city school children. Our goal is to fill the gaps between what our kids need and what district funding allows.

You can help us achieve that goal by making a gift to REF in support of our programs and operations.

You can also support our organization by donating to the REF Endowment Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Please enter the name of Rochester Education Foundation. This fund was established to provide ongoing support for REF.

We value your privacy. Please note our privacy policy: REF Privacy Policy


REF Financial Reports


Our recent Financial Annual reports and our form 990s can be found on our website here or by contacting REF at 250 Mill Street, Rochester, New York 14614. You can also contact the Charities Bureau at 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10271, or go to


Choose a way to make a contribution today:

Donate OnlineClick here to donate online

Click on button to make a secure online gift with your credit card through Network for Good.

A one-time gift or a recurring gift -- annually, quarterly, or monthly -- are equally easy, fast, and secure!

If you would like your contribution to support a particular REF program, please enter the program name (e.g., Spring for Music) in the optional "Designation" field on the Network for Good donation form ...or visit the appropriate page in the Programs section of our website and use the Donate button you'll find there!

Mail a Check

You may mail a check payable to the Rochester Education Foundation to:
      Rochester Education Foundation
      250 Mill Street
      Rochester, NY 14614

Give through the United Way

REF is proud to be a donor designation eligible agency for the United Way campaign. Please designate 2529 on the United Way designation form. Donors can designate more than one agency. For more information, go to

Click here to give through United Way.

Give a Memorial or Tribute Gift

Honor the memory of a loved one or pay special tribute to a friend through a memorial or tribute gift in their name.

Give a Gift of Assets

Creative gifts of assets can include stocks, bonds, and property (real estate and personal property such as artwork). These not only provide you with charitable deductions, but often offer additional tax savings.

Give a Legacy Gift - Remember REF in your Will

After providing for your heirs, please consider a bequest to Rochester Education Foundation. Through various types of bequests, you may secure a charitable estate tax deduction for the value of the gift. Best of all, you will know that your generosity will support our mission for years to come.

You may prefer to specify a sum of money, a percentage of your estate, a work of art, or real estate that you wish to give to Rochester Education Foundation in your Will or Trust.

Whatever form of bequest you choose, it is not subject to estate or inheritance taxes and so significantly reduces the tax burden of an estate. The value of the bequest may be deducted when the taxable estate is determined, and there is no limit to the deduction.

For sample bequest language, please contact Patricia Braus at 585-271-5790.

Additional Deferred Gifts

Consult your financial advisor for other ways to make a lasting gift through trusts or other life income gifts to Rochester Education Foundation.






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