who we are

Origin and History

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce has long believed that education is key to the vitality and business of our City.

More than thirty years ago the Chamber established a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization to address the needs of public education in Delray, particularly those most in need, and Delray Beach Chamber Charities was born.

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An Active 501(c)3 at Delray’s Chamber of Commerce

Our 501c3 has now been revitalized with a new mission statement, creating a board of directors separate from the Chamber and a re-named organization –The Delray Chamber Education Fund (DCEF).

The goal of the newly re-purposed Delray Chamber Education Fund is primarily  to advance public K-12 schools in Delray Beach through supporting educational programming, services and resources.

With its reorganization the Delray Chamber Education Fund has begun to fulfill its role as a community organization, while continuing to complement the activities of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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mission 

Develop, support and fund a diversity of educational initiatives that helps make Delray learning programs and schools among the top tier in south Palm Beach County

  • Serve as 501c3 tax exempt organization for the Chamber

  • Raise funds to underwrite the Delray Chamber education activities

  • Work with schools to achieve the most effective outcomes

 

Having sources for additional funding for our schools is more important than ever before.

Our students are experiencing a crisis:

  • Students are experiencing learning delays and losses up to one full year in the case of many at-risk families due to the Covid pandemic.

  • Student enrollment is down, daily attendance has fallen, and failure rates are up

  • Children already at risk are the most severely impacted. 

  • Children entering kindergarten for the 2021/2022 school year will have missed foundational skills.

DCEF believed that It is critical that public schools play a vital role in the economic and social well-being of our City.