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PCEF COVID-19 Donor Impact Spring 2020: Express Grants and Bright Futures

Update! For the current 2020 - 2021 school year, we have funded an additional 24 Emergency Express Grants through December.


PCEF Coronavirus Donor Impact Fast Facts

Thanks to your donations, we are able to meet the emerging and critical needs of teachers, students, and their families who are facing unprecedented challenges. Take a look at what you have helped us accomplish:

  • $42,000 was requested and distributed for nearly 70 Emergency Express Grants

  • We have raised over $85,000, more than half of the expected college tuition shortfall for our Bright Futures students due to COVID-19 job losses.

  • Thanks to the Park City Community Foundation, we have deployed 700 $50 gift cards through PCSD Outreach Coordinators for basic needs of our most vulnerable families. 

  • Thanks to a gift from Park City Community Foundation and a partnership  with Jewish Family Service, rent assistance is getting deployed to Park City School District’s most vulnerable families through the PCSD Outreach Coordinators.

Express Grants: An Immediate Success

It happened so fast. $280,000 in revenue lost due to the cancelation of Running with Ed seemed the least of our worries as the school district shifted 4700 students and 700 employees to distance learning overnight. Over a weekend, hundreds of Park City families lost their jobs along with the ability to put food on the table and pay for rent.

But thanks to you, PCEF was able to support our schools, teachers, students and their families immediately. We announced the expansion of our Express Grant Fund to support teacher and student at-home learning needs. We promised we would turn the grant around within 48 hours. 

By March 30th the first teacher Express Grant came through, asking for classroom supplies for low-income families who had none at home. Two months later, by the end of the school year, nearly 70 Express Grants totaling $42,000 had been requested and distributed!

"As the world of learning evolved, so did the needs of teachers and students.  Grant requests ranged from basic learning materials of whiteboards, school supplies, and sensory materials to online resource platform subscriptions and motivational incentives for students to keep up their great work online  Express was the operative word in these grants, often with a quick turnaround of hours to get the resources to the teachers when the need was the greatest.” - Kara Brechwald

"Thank you so much for funding my grant request. Distance learning, a foreign concept a few weeks ago, became a quick reality. Teachers are turning their homes into remote classrooms while trying to learn how to effectively teach, communicate, and foster relationships through a computer screen. We are building the airplane in the air.

"Thankfully, PCEF is a great support. Thank you for lessening the burden and helping make the magic happen.” – Lori Drivdahl

Bright Futures: College Dreams in Jeopardy

At the start of the crisis, the Park City Community Foundation reported 93% of all Latinx lost their jobs. Just recently, they reported that 51% still have no work, and only 12% are working over 30 hours per week. These are the families of 99% of our Bright Futures students. 

Bright Futures students and their families are expected to contribute to college expenses, but right now, income is being diverted to pay for food and shelter. However, In less than three months, you’ve donated over $85,000 to Bright Futures college tuition assistance! That’s over half the expected shortfall for our current college freshman and the PCHS seniors who just graduated. 

"Bright Futures provides opportunities, a platform, and security that as first-generation college students it is valid for us to dream, and one day our dreams will be our reality.”
- Sadie Ortiz, PCHS Class of 2019, rising college sophomore at the University of Utah Honors College/David Eccles School of Business

"With a college degree, I can be in a more stable position to help my family in the future." - Ashley Nava, PCHS rising senior

Your gifts are making a life-changing difference for the children of Park City’s backbone workers. There is more work to do, so please spread the word so others may help our Bright Futures students’ college dreams come true.

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Your Impact This Year

  • Students Reached


  • Invested in Our Schools


  • % Parents Giving 2022/23


  • Programs Funded


  • Ascent Fund
    Ascent Fund
  • Beard Charitable Foundation
    Beard Charitable Foundation
  • Byrne Family Foundation Trust
    Byrne Family Foundation Trust
  • Dan & Terese Heintzelman Family Foundation
    Dan & Terese Heintzelman Family Foundation
  • Garen Family Foundation
    Garen Family Foundation
  • Lewis Family Foundation
    Lewis Family Foundation

    Lewis Family Foundation

  • Kelsi and John Mellor
    Kelsi and John Mellor
  • Montage Deer Valley
    Montage Deer Valley
  • Park City Mountain Resort
    Park City Mountain Resort
  • Park City Municipal
    Park City Municipal
  • Parker Family Charitable Fund
    Parker Family Charitable Fund
  • Tatiana and Matthew Prince
    Tatiana and Matthew Prince
  • The Efrusy Family Foundation
    The Efrusy Family Foundation
  • United Way of SLC
    United Way of SLC
  • Zions Bank
    Zions Bank
  • Anonymous
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