An important message about COVID-19

While the work of our mission to strengthen public education in Hillsborough County continues, we have closed our office to guests based on the CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19 to help protect the health and security of our community.

Our team is working remotely but still staffing the office during normal business hours on a rotating basis. We are available to assist you by email or by phone: (813) 574-0260.

During this unprecedented time in education, we are unwavering in our commitment to serving students and teachers in Hillsborough County. Updated information will be shared on our COVID-19 page and social media channels.

We wish you and your family safety, above all else. We are all in this together. Thank you for your partnership and continued support of our mission.

Our most vulnerable students are at the highest risk of falling behind in their studies as education adapts to COVID-19 concerns.

But your support can help us ensure all students have what they need to be engaged in their learning.

CEO Kim Jowell explains how you can make a difference:

We strengthen public education and empower students to succeed.

Together we can maximize student success and transform our community into a sustainable, thriving workforce of tomorrow.


success relies on relationships


Community Partner—Williams Company Construction

Bob Sanders and colleagues from Williams Company Construction volunteered for a very special delivery at Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School. The team unloaded box after box of Yoobi folders, pencils, erasers, scissors and more onto a cart—preparing to surprise dozens of teachers in their classrooms with the supplies they desperately need to effectively advance student achievement.

“These teachers need the tools to teach these kids. If we can help provide them—we’re happy to do it,” Sanders says.

Hillsborough Education Foundation invests in teachers, along with our community partners like Williams Company, to provide added supplies and support.

“We like to support the schools we do construction work for. This gets us closer to why we are doing this—the kids and the teachers,” says Sanders. “These kids are fabulous. Their teachers are a blessing to everyone. It’s an honor for us to be involved.”

Bob Sanders, Community Partner of Hillsborough Education Foundation, man standing against hallway wall, smiling
Nelidad, Take Stock in Children scholar, Hillsborough Education Foundation, young woman standing at podium speaking


every student matters

Nelidad’S Story

Take Stock in Children Student

Nelidad applied for Hillsborough Education Foundation’s mentoring program, because she has big aspirations for a bright future! “I want more for our family. I want to make my mom proud. I want to be a role model for my siblings,” says Nelidad.

The Lennard High sophomore admits the path to high school hasn’t been easy. Her mom is a single mom with a third-grade education, raising Nelidad and her three siblings, while working in the fields. Her job has meant the family had to move around a lot. The kids frequently changed schools. The family’s struggles have inspired Nelidad’s dream to become an immigration attorney.

“I know there are no obstacles you cannot defeat,” says Nelidad. “I love having a mentor who helps me reach my academic and personal goals. I promise I will work hard and make the most of this opportunity.”


Help Erase the Need - Support our Supply Drive

150,000+ students in Hillsborough County qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and it’s tough for these struggling families to buy the school supplies students need to succeed. Whether learning in the classroom or from home, thousands of our highest needs students are at risk of starting the new school year without the critical supplies they need for academic success. There are a variety of ways you can get involved and help erase the need for Hillsborough County students. Sign up to host a drive, support or Virtual Supply Drive, or make a donation today!

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