Welcome to the Dallas Education Foundation!

The Dallas Education Foundation (DEF) is a community-based foundation created to enhance and supplement the educational opportunities and needs of students and staff in the Dallas School District. In 2002, the Dallas Education Fund (DEF) began with an anonymous donation. Over the years, the foundation has received donations and grants from local businesses, community members, school district employees, school district retirees, and local community groups. In 2007, the Dragon Run was organized and the Dallas Education Foundation was designated as its sole beneficiary. In 2012, after receiving non-profit 501c3 status from the IRS, the Dallas Education Foundation was established. Our board is comprised of community members who volunteer their time and who are dedicated to the education of Dallas and its students.

Our organization earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency! Now, everyone can view our financial details and learn about the people at our organization. 

2021 Gold Seal of Transparency


2020-2021 Education Grants

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Great News!

We recently were granted status as a participating non-profit in the Oregon Cultural Trust.  The Oregon Cultural Trust is our state’s thank you gift for your generous support of Dallas Education Foundation.  Donors who contribute to Oregon cultural nonprofits, including ours, then make a matching donation to the Trust, can receive a 100% state tax credit on the Cultural Trust donation, up to $500 per individual, $1,000 per household and $2,500 per Class-C Corporation.