To support a vibrant, rich and inspiring public education experience for the children of the Ojai Valley.
Established in 1993, the Ojai Education Foundation (OEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organization that serves as the "non-profit arm" of the Ojai Unified School District (OUSD). OEF provides resources and volunteers to supplement or fully fund basic needs at our public K - 12 schools that no longer receive Federal, State or Local dollars.
OEF supports strong programs initiated at school sites that will improve the learning environment, increase instructional effectiveness and enhance the educational experience for students and teachers. This includes classroom grants for teachers, fundamental technology and art resources for our students and more!
We are directed by an independent, non-salaried board of volunteer community members.
We work closely with our Advisory Board, which includes educators, community stakeholders, former OEF Board Members and other key influencers to help develop and guide our strategic plan. We also partner with several Ojai organizations including the Ojai Arts Center, Ojai Arts Commission, Ojai Valley Youth Foundation, The Arts Council, Rotary Clubs, Ventura County Community Foundation and other community organizations within and outside of Ojai in projects benefiting students.
OEF is supported exclusively by financial and in-kind contributions from private individuals as well as donations from the public sector both within and outside the Ojai Valley.
OEF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. To make a tax-deductible contribution to OEF, please go to Contribute.
2019 Board Members
Andy Cantwell, OUSD Superintendent
Nan Davis, Vice President
Susan Leech, Secretary, VP, Grants
Kirsten Martinez, Treasurer
Judith Hale Norris
Tiarzha Taylor, President
Anna Wagner, Vice President
2019 Advisory Board
2018 - 2019: Tiarzha Taylor
2017: Therese Hartmann & Tiarzha Taylor
2012 - 2016: Michael Addison
2011: Debbie Johnson
2010: Thayne Whipple
2008 - 2009: Mike Caldwell
2006 - 2007: Thayne Whipple
2000 - 2005: Steve Jung
1998 - 1999: Tim Williamson
1997: Gary Erickson
1996: Janice McCormick
1995: Dr. Fran Markely
1992 - 1995: Don Cutler