Welcome to HEF

Since 1995, Hopkins Education Foundation (HEF) has partnered with the Hopkins Public Schools community and awarded $3.6 million district-wide to enrich all students with new learning experiences and resources.

We're Hiring

HEF is Hiring!

Join our team: we’re hiring a part-time Marketing Coordinator. The deadline is Monday, October 2. 

Interested?  Learn more.

What a great party!

Thank you for attending the Rock-n-Royal Block Party this weekend! We will be sharing photos soon. Join us in thanking our sponsors! Their generosity made our fundraiser a success!

Farewell, Welcome, Congratulations!

St. Clair
Jennifer St. Clair

The Hopkins Education Foundation (HEF) is celebrating the many contributions of its Executive Director, Jennifer St. Clair, as she plans her retirement from the role effective December 31, 2023.  Read about Jennifer’s many amazing achievements in her 10 years as Executive Director here.

The Hopkins Education Foundation, (HEF) is pleased to announce the hiring of our new Executive Director, Emily Wallace-Jackson.

Emily’s vast experience with both HEF and the Hopkins Public Schools District runs deep and will make for a seamless transition in her new role. She served on the HEF Board of Directors from 2014-2019 including two years as President. Read more about Emily here.

Emily Wallace-Jackson
Emily Wallace-Jackson

Mark Your Calendars!

What a great school year this has been!  Thanks to our generous supporters, Hopkins Education Foundation awarded nearly $175,000 in grants this year. We hosted successful fundraising events and brought our Hopkins School District community together. Kudos to all involved.

But we don’t rest on our laurels here at Hopkins Education Foundation. We are already making big plans. Mark your calendars now for 

  • Royal Bash on March 2, 2024

Wrapping Up the Year with Smiles All Around

On April 30, Hopkins Education Foundation hosted Royal Family Run Day — a free afternoon of family fun at Eisenhower Community Center. A big thank you to our sponsors and many volunteers who made this event a big success.  Visit the picture gallery to see all the fun.

On a sunny day in late May, HEF volunteers delivered 507 Gratitude Gifts to teachers and staff members. We at Hopkins Education Foundation are delighted that so many Hopkins families partnered with us to express their gratitude and help us raise $12,325 for future grants. A huge shout-out to BLVD Kitchen and Bar and Breadsmith for their generous sponsorship. See all the grateful smiles here.

HEF Awards 11 Grants Totaling $48,725 in April 2023

During the spring 2023 grant cycle, Hopkins Education Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling $48,525. The grant requests that we received this spring deliver a strong message that Hopkins teachers and staff are committed to providing an enriching educational experience that supports the whole student. We are delighted to partner with them to fund equipment for sensory / motor rooms to help students regulate their behavior, games to assist with developing social skills, camping equipment to ensure all students can participate in an outdoor experience, and STEM materials to promote hands-on learning in the classroom and at Kids and Company. We’re helping to support the arts through equipment for a drumline at North Junior High (soon to be North Middle School) and a DJ Techniques class at the high school. And we’re excited to partner with Hopkins Community Education to launch a fun and educational before and after-school program for middle school students. As always, we are grateful to our many donors who make these grants possible. Learn more.

Step Into a Brilliant Future -- Special Appeal 2023

At Hopkins Education Foundation, we believe that every Hopkins student deserves a brilliant future and as a key partner in growing Hopkins students’ success, both in and out of the classroom, HEF is excited about the scope of this year’s special appeal, Step into a Brilliant Future

Coming alongside Hopkins students in the core areas of reading and math while also increasing their paths for future careers and further education, this Hopkins Education Foundation Special Appeal

  • Impacts our earliest learners, K-6th, by maximizing teacher literacy training through science of reading components including multi-sensory manipulatives and engaging, high-interest decodable books for students at all Hopkins elementary schools to make learning personalized and meaningful for all students.
  • Further develops math skills at all levels, Intermediate Algebra through Multivariable Calculus, for secondary students through the opening of the Academic Skills Center at Hopkins High School
  • Expands the Health and Human Services Pathway of study at the high school to include the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), First Aid and CPR/AED certifications while continuing to support the Royals College and Career Center.

We hope that you will choose to give generously this year to HEF’s Special Appeal so all Hopkins students can confidently Step into a Brilliant Future! 

It's Not Too Late for Some Royal Bash 2023 Fun!

Look at Us! Royal Bash 2023 in Pics

Oh what a night! Hopkins Education Foundation’s Royal Bash 2023 was certainly one to remember! Take a moment to revist HEF’s largest fundraising event of the year with this gorgeous gallery from Michelle Wirth Photography.

get in on some Great Gathering Fun throughout the year

Sign up to attend a wide variety of events throughout the year! Great Gatherings are curated for smaller groups of 30-40 people or less.

Want to see who’s already signed up for a particular Great Gathering? Ready to lock in your spot and pay? Click below.

See you there!