Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation

The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation (GJEF) was created as a direct result of the leadership and advice of the Gahanna-Jefferson School Business Advisory Council. Through the generous support of $10,000 from the Gahanna Rotary Club and $5,000 from the Gahanna-Jefferson Area Fund Inc., a financial base was established to further grow the foundation.

Gahanna-Jefferson Alumni Hall of Fame and Cornerstone Honorees

The Gahanna Lincoln High School Alumni Hall of Fame was created to recognize graduates who through their performance and achievement brought credit and honor to themselves and to Gahanna Lincoln High School. 2003 marked the inaugural year for the Hall of Fame.

The Cornerstone Award is an annual recognition of supporters of the school district or employees that have helped to build excellence within the Gahanna-Jefferson school system.

Contact Information

Sharon Tomko and Tricia Twigg
Coordinators of Community Services

Phone: (614) 416-0298
Fax: (614) 478-5568

Within its initial year, GJEF met all state and federal requirements to become a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Accordingly, it recruited a board of directors made up of business professionals and civic leaders committed to Promoting Excellence in Our Schools.

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Gahanna Jefferson Education Foundation Facts

The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation was formed in 2002 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to Promote Excellence by funding innovative projects beyond the traditional expenditures of the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education. The foundation also provides additional support and resources to address unmet personal needs of students through the Harvey Mast Care For Kids Program.

Since 2002, thanks to the generosity of Gahanna business partners, area professionals, supportive alumni and concerned community members, GJEF has been able to provide more than $1 million in educational funding to support classroom learning.

Promoting Excellence

Image: Gahanna-Jefferson Education FoundationHow do we promote excellence? Through a competitive grant procedure, GJEF has been able to enhance and enrich academic programs in many areas. To date, more than $450,000 in grants and an additional $200,000 in donor designated projects and scholarships have been awarded.

How do we fund our projects? The GJEF hosts an annual Celebration of Excellence, which is an evening of fun and fundraising. The GJEF has committed two-thirds of the proceeds to the grants program and one-third for investments to create an endowment.

Where do we go from here? As we look to the future, GJEF will continue to provide competitive grants, as well as exploring options that will allow individuals to make additional donations in support of specific academic programs or scholarships. We are committed to build upon the positive business partnership connection thus far, and we will continue to recruit enthusiastic volunteers in support of our mission of Promoting Excellence.

How can you help? If you are interested in becoming a business partner, volunteer or making a donation, please contact the coordinators of community services at 614-416-0298. To learn more about GJEF, please visit our additional website at