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The Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. All donations are tax exempt and support the mission of "Strengthening Families and building Community through Education".

Fund Information


  • OPENING DOORS FOR OUR CURRENT STUDENTS

    In June of each year approximately 50 students will graduate, and at least 40 students will have earned admission to selective secondary schools. Twenty-five or more graduates need $2,000-$4,000 for each year of high school or $8,000-$16,000 set aside in scholarships to ensure not only that they can enroll but also that they can remain at that school until they graduate.

    An average of $10,000 for students or $250,000 is the real need of annual scholarships at Lawrence Family Development Charter School.
  • INVESTING FUNDS—INVESTING IN STUDENTS

    The initial goal of the PFK Scholarship Endowment Fund is to raise one million dollars over ten years—$100,000 each year in corporate, individual and foundation contributions. Gifts of all sizes will help build this fund, particularly pledges that can contribute annually.

    Funds are held at ECCF, the Essex County Community Foundation and invested creating an endowment for perpetuity—ensuring scholarship support for students not yet born.

    For more information about the “Reach for the Stars” Campaign, please click here.

    Gifts of stocks, estate, insurance benefits and bequests will be deeply appeciated.

    For more information, contact Paul Heithaus, Director of Program Development, at 978-689-9863, ext. 120, or e-mail him at pheithaus@lfdef.org.

  • R. Kingman Webster - 'King'

    A successful corporate leader and a 'hands-on' philanthropist, was a special friend to Lawrence Family Development Charter School. King cared deeply about education and had a well-researched perspective on how students could best succeed.

    King was an advisor, supporter and friend to LFDCS during its planning in the early 90's and over the past two decades. He initiated the connection to the new owners of Blue Seal Feed, the HK Webster Company in Lawrence, in order for us to obtain our first school building at 34 West Street and supported every major capital and academic project we undertook.

    In 2001, King and his wife Dee, were the first scholarship donors to our first graduating class and since then have provided scholarships every year. Gifts to the R. Kingman Webster Scholarship Fund will continue that legacy, helping to open doors for our graduates to attend private secondary schools and pursue a positive path to higher education.

    Our deep gratitude to the Webster Family for establishing this fund.
  • CREATING SAFE SPACES FOR PROVEN-RISK YOUNG PEOPLE 

    Did you know that In 2012 U.S. law enforcement agencies made 1.3 million arrests of young people under the age of 18.

    Since 1994, Lawrence Family Development has provided alternative education, vocational training, and lifeskills/mentorning for some of Lawrence's highest risk young people. To continue meeting the growing needs of this population, LFDEF began developing a more comprehensive youth development program in 2014. The centerpiece of the program expansion will be an Alternative Youth Development Center at 417 Canal Street in Lawrence. The site is currently being built out by a team of young people, who will soon be able to call this space theirs. 

    The American Institutes for Research found in a 2014 study that each $1 invested into programs like LFDEF's Alternative Youth Development Program, may be associated with societal cost-savings of as much as $7.31.

    To create this safe space away from the hustling, violence and drugs of the street corners will cost us $5,000 per young person during the first year. Completion of this space will only be possible through the generousity of benefactors, private foundations and individual donors. 

    For more information, contact Paul Heithaus, Director of Program Development, at 978-689-9863, ext. 120, or e-mail him at pheithaus@lfdef.org.
  • STRENGTHENING FAMILIES THROUGH EDUCATION

    Building on the original vision of the Lawrence Youth Commission to address the education and community development needs of the whole family unit, LFDEF opened the Maria del Pilar Quintana Family Center in 2002. To address the growing needs of the immigrant community in the Merrimack Valley, the Quintana Center provides the Citizenship for new Americans Program for adults ages 18+.

    Each year over 300 newcomers participate in ESL, Citizenship, computer literacy, and financial literacy programming through the Center. For every one participant enrolled, three more end up on the waiting list.

    For the past several years, the Quintana Center has operated on a deficit and through the support of the LFDEF general operating fund. However at the cost of under $1,000 a participant, the Quintana Center could cut the size of the waitlist in half and increase the number and scope of additional classes.

    For more information, contact Paul Heithaus, Director of Program Development, at 978-689-9863, ext. 120, or e-mail him at pheithaus@lfdef.org.


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