In the summer of 1987, Harold Clark, the Assistant-Superintendent of Supportive Services for the Hillsborough County Public School District, met with Dr. Raymond Sheldon the District Superintendent, to discuss the need to provide additional support for students and teachers in the School District, beyond the ability of the normal tax revenues. Several states including California, Pennsylvania and other large school districts in northeastern states had already established Education Foundations to partner with the local community and lead fund raising efforts to support public education.
This meeting resulted in the creation of the first Board of Directors to create the “Hillsborough Educational Partnership Foundation”.
This group consisted of:
On Wednesday, November 25, 1987, The Tampa Tribune published an article, “Schools Hope to Chalk Up New Programs Through Foundation”, officially announcing our beginning.
The Foundation incorporated in March, 1988 with 501(c) (3) status obtained in 1988. Carteret Savings Bank gave the Foundation its first donation of $100 followed by a donation of $10,000 from Cigna Health Plan. Since that initial gift, the Foundation has raised more than $93 million to support students and teachers in Hillsborough County.
In November, 1988, Reverend Leon Lowry was named the Foundation’s first President.
The Board of Directors were:
In 1993, the name was changed to the Hillsborough Education Foundation.