About EEF

Our Mission:  Providing resources to expand and enrich student learning in the Tucson Unified School District.

The Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) is an independent non-profit 501c3 organization founded by Tucson's community and business leaders in order to support the students and teachers within Tucson Unified School District schools.

Established in 1983, EEF is the oldest foundation of its kind in Arizona and serves 49,000 Tucson Unified students annually. Through its grants, scholarships, professional development programs, and community activities, EEF actively provides enhanced and enriched learning resources for Tucson Unified students, teachers, and schools, advocates for educational excellence for all children, and ensures access to educational enrichment opportunities within Tucson Unified for financially in-need students.

EEF programs are supported by corporate and non-profit grants, payroll deductions made by hundreds of dedicated Tucson Unified employees, and contributions from the general public.



  • EEF's Hygiene Pantry!

    The Educational Enrichment Foundation, with the help of the 2019 Class of Tucson Greater Leadership (GTL), will be opening a Hygiene Pantry at 3809 E. Third. St., Tucson, AZ.


    The pantry’s focus is three-fold, providing TUSD students and families the supplies they need, removing barriers for school attendance and boosting student confidence to be ready to learn. This will remove educators and school liaisons’ out of pocket cost to help these families.


    These staff members currently stock a cupboard, shelf or a cabinet with hygiene items to supply student needs throughout the district. According to national studies, lack of hygiene items can lead to health issues, absenteeism, bullying and/or lack of self-confidence.


    Financial support for EEF's Hygiene Pantry can be donated at www.hygienepantry.com.  Hygiene products are being collected at the Tucson Metro Chamber (ask for GTL’s office), 465 W. St. Mary’s Rd., Tucson, AZ 85701.  Hours of Operation:  8 AM to 5 PM

Fundraising Event

  • EEF's 7th Annual Celebrity Spelling BeeEEF's 7th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee


    One notable Tucsonan in the Educational Enrichment Foundation’s 7th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee lineup will emerge victorious, and teachers across Tucson Unified School District will win big. The Emcee for the evening will keep rivalries in check as proceeds from the event benefit classroom grants from EEF to teachers for classroom supplies, school projects, and desperately needed equipment.  This year’s proceeds will also benefit EEF’s Interscholastic Scholarship program which pays fees allowing TUSD students to participate in Fine and Performing Arts, Sports, and Academic Clubs.
    Competition has already heated up between the spellers who have plans to use social media to leverage their chances at the microphone. 

    Follow the spellers on social media to join in on the pre-Bee antics. EEF’s Celebrity Spelling Bee begins at 7 p.m. on April 13, 2019 at The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress. 

    Tickets are available at The Rialto Theater for $25 for adults and $5 for children.  

    Attendees are invited to the after party Spellabration at Club Congress immediately following the Bee.

    Contributions to support your favorite Speller can be made below by clicking on the speller's name.

  • Spellers

    AMALIA LUXARDO, Women’s Foundation Southern AZ

    BRUCE BAYLY, University of Arizona

    CHRIS KISSEL, Sabino High School

    CURTIS MCCRARY, The Rialto Theatre

    DAN MOXLEY, Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona

    DR. CHEREE MEEKS, University of Arizona

    DR. GABRIEL TRUJILLO, Tucson Unified School District

    DR. JOAQUIN RUIZ, University of Arizona College of Science

    JOE PAGAC, Muralist


    KATE LAWSON, Pima County Attorney’s Office

    KENDAL WASHINGTON WHITE, University of Arizona


    MELINDA BURKE, University of Arizona Alumni Association

    MICHAEL CYRINO, AZ Complete Health

    NANCY STANLEY, Comedian

    SIERRA JONES, Miss Tucson Desert Rose


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Internships & Jobs

  • Interns wanted
    We are currently looking for Spring 2019 interns!  If you are interested send a letter of interest to Operations@eeftucson.org.

Tax Credit

  • There's still time to take advantage of the Tax Credit for 2018There's still time to take advantage of the Tax Credit for 2018

    Did you know that you can donate to EEF and your TUSD school of choice?

    EEF is a Qualifying Charitable Organization which means contributions to EEF qualify as a Tax Credit on your Arizona Tax Return, and contributions to TUSD schools qualify for the Public School Tax Credit.  You can give to a TUSD school and EEF!  You can do both!


    Make your Tax Credit Contribution by April 15, 2019 and for the QCO tax credit joint filers qualify for up to $800 dollar-for-dollar match and $400 for single filers.

    For the Public School Tax Credit, your contribution if filing joint a tax return qualifies for up to $400 or $200 for single filers.  Visit azdor.gov for more information.


    Click on the donate button on the right to give now!


     EEF is not allowed to accept a tax credit donation designated for a specific school or team.