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The Carmel Education Foundation (CEF) is the non-profit funding partner of Carmel Clay Schools.  Our mission is to support Carmel Clay students in academic achievement and lifelong learning. We do this by raising funds to support innovation in classrooms, to foster safe and positive learning experiences for all students, and to provide scholarships for continued education. 

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Proceeds from Taste of Carmel will be used to provide programming, innovative grants, and resources to all 15 Carmel Clay Schools, benefiting students, teachers & families.


  • Four principals guide our work:  Education is power; Everybody benefits; Better together, and Honor the work. 

  • We support Carmel Clay Schools initiatives at the district, school, and classroom levels

  • Our 22 person Board of Directors represent a range of expertise, companies, and connections to Carmel Clay Schools

  • Annually, CEF awards over $40,000 in grants that benefit students in their classrooms and beyond

  • Due to the generosity of community donors, more than 100 Carmel High School seniors receive a CEF scholarship each year

  • We value our 50+ community partners and strive to create win-win opportunities for engagement

Learn more about who we are and what we do at