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2022 Annual Report

July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Dear GFPE friends, partners, and supporters,

What a year it has been! The official merger in January 2022 between the Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE) and the Innovation Fund Foundation (IFF) coupled the expertise of two education-focused entities and created one powerhouse organization with even more resources to positively impact Georgia’s 1.7 million public school students. Most specifically the public education tax credit, previously housed under IFF, now resides under the umbrella of GFPE positioning us to be the organization supporting educational excellence for public school students in Georgia whether through private donations or tax credit contributions.

The public education tax credit is a unique opportunity to bolster public education across the state. Thus, we realized that it not only needed more visibility and notoriety for taxpayers to understand how they can play a vital role in advancing public education across Georgia, but that it also needed to align with GFPE’s branding to reinforce the connection between the two. After a branding effort to develop a name and logo, we are proud to reveal Georgia’s PEACH Education Tax Credit and a revised GFPE logo. The two logos work together to show the connection between PEACH and the overall mission of supporting educational excellence in Georgia K-12 schools.

Beyond the merger and the tax credit branding, GFPE continued its work through the Rural Education fund, the Georgia Teacher of the Year program and more. We hope you enjoy reading the stories of how we are supporting Georgia’s public schools, and we invite you to join us in fulfilling our mission of meeting students where they are – wherever they are.

With gratitude,
Davis Knox, Board Chair
Paige Pushkin, GFPE Executive Director



GFPE Board

Davis Knox
Board Chair

Clarke County

Kenneth Mason
Board Vice Chair

Fulton County

Walt Helms
Immediate Past Board Chair

Cobb County

Ann W. Cramer
Fulton County

Matt Donaldson
Emanuel County

Al Hodge
Floyd County

Otis Johnson
Chatham County

Robert “Buzz” Law
Fulton County

Shaunae Motley
Dougherty County

Jodie Snow
Tift County

Paula Weeks
Cobb County



Our Impact

2021-2022 grants were awarded to the following projects:

Economic Development Grants$11,111
Computer Science Grants$90,000
EDP Grants$2,778
GA Power Grants$1,903,000
Innovation Fund Grants$90,000
Kaiser Permante Grants$14,600
Rural Education Grants$115,003
State Schools Annual Grants$20,000
Stuff the Bus$8,237
Dual/World Language$20,000
Constitution Project$10,000
Family Friendly Schools$2,000
Teacher of the Year$50,000
Total Grant Distributions:$2,346,729




Administrative Expenses$235,197



Grantmaking with PEACH Education Tax Credit Dollars

When Georgia individuals and corporations donate to GFPE via the PEACH Education Tax Credit, they are helping to fund the Innovative Education Fund, which aids Georgia public schools and districts in developing and implementing innovative programs that have the potential to solve problems and disrupt “education as usual.” PEACH Education funds are awarded to local education agencies, public schools, charter schools, and 501(c)(3) organizations partnering with these entities. Priority is given to schools identified as performing in the bottom 5% statewide.

In Clayton County the Hand, Heart, and Soul Project joined forces with 7 Pillars Career Academy to create “Health Is Not Nasty,” a wellness and garden education program with the goal of teaching families how to take charge of their own health and break the cycles of unhealthy habits. More than 100 hundred middle school students are learning how to grow and prepare their own food and teachers and parents will take part in wellness and garden education classes to learn the basics of health and nutrition.

Thank you to our 2021-2022 PEACH Education Donors

George Allen
Jaclyn Colona
Brittnee Dalton
Brian Gleason
Georgia Power

David Kennedy
Robert Law
Douglas Page
Chris Peterson
Andrew Randall

Matthew Reed
Steve Smith
John Walker
Mary Williams
David Ziskind

How Can You Support PEACH?

As a Georgia taxpayer, you can play a vital role in advancing public education across the state at no additional cost to you. Simply apply online for the PEACH Education Tax Credit. Once approved make your contribution and receive a dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit. Apply here.



Impacting Rural Education

Nearly half-a-million Georgia students are educated in rural systems making rural education a vital piece of Georgia’s public school system. GFPE’s Rural Education Fund provides funding for programs that engage students and can improve outcomes in traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts located in counties with 35,000 or fewer residents. This year we awarded a total of $115,000 to 12 schools or districts focused on literacy, trauma-informed care, STEAM programs, expanding medical pathway programs, and programming for special needs populations.

FY 2022 Rural Education Fund Grantees

Appling County Middle School, Increasing Access to Reading, $10,000
Burke County Middle School, An Outlet through Reading, $10,000
Claxton Middle School, $8,718
Cook County Elementary School, $9,265
Emanuel County School District, $10,000
Fitzgerald High School College and Career Academy, $10,000

Furlow Charter School, Dinosaur Diplomacy, $10,000
Heard County Comprehensive High School, $10,000
Lamar County Middle School, Computer Science for the Real World, $9,020
Oglethorpe County School, A Pathway to a Career in Medicine, $10,000
Pickens High School, $10,000
White County High School, $8,000




Investing in Georgia’s Students is Music to His Ears

Michael KobitoEach year, GFPE supports the Georgia Teacher of the Year (GaTOTY) program. This year’s honoree is Michael Kobito, an AP Music Theory teacher and high school band director at Woodland High School in Bartow County, and he knows first hand the importance of investment in education.

He experienced it as a student, as his teachers invested in him their passion for their subject areas, and he has also seen the importance of investing in his own students as he has spent the last eight years in his music education classroom in Bartow County. As he encourages students to view each day as an opportunity to reach their potential, he also acknowledges the impact that outside positive influences can have on students’ opportunities for success, including school funding that can be provided through grant programs offered by the Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE).

Kobito admits he was unfamiliar with the work for GFPE before becoming involved with the organization as Teacher of the Year. However, he now realizes its incredible potential to advance education across the state and wants to be sure others know of the work GFPE is doing for Georgia’s districts, schools, and students.

“GFPE is an incredible resource and opportunity for teachers, districts, and local leaders to know about,” explains Kobito. “It can really change the way things work in a lot of places. Education is transforming and changing so much and GFPE helps provide students with the resources they deserve.”

In fact, Kobito was able to point to a real-life example of a grant through GFPE impacting students and teachers. At a recent marching band competition, a fellow band director from another school mentioned that he saw Kobito’s post about applying for grants on social media and applied for one, which he was then awarded. Because of the support for GFPE’s grant programs, students in that school will now have some new instruments in the band program.

“Sometimes it’s hard to know where to invest money philanthropically, but when you support GFPE, either directly or through the PEACH Education Tax Credit, you can have assurance that the money is going to invest in the future of our state and the education of our kids.”

And that is music to this Georgia Teacher of the Year’s ears.



Did You Know about Support Education License Tags?

Funding for our programs like the Rural Education Fund and Georgia Teacher of the Year comes from the sale of Georgia’s “Support Education” license tags. When you purchase this specialty tag to honor educators, you are spreading awareness about the importance of their work and helping us continue to support educational excellence for K-12 public school youth statewide. Apply for your tag at your local County Tag Office.



Thank you to our Donors

$100,000 & Up
Georgia Power

$10,000 - $99.999
Google LLC
Digital Insurance
Chris Peterson
Creme de la Creme
William G. McGowan

$5,000 - $9.999
Mighty Cause Corporation - WSB-TV The University of Texas
John Walker
Southern Company
Kapor Center for Social Impact


$1,000 - $4,999


The Blackbaud Giving Fund
Fidelity Charitable
Andrew Randall
Brittnee Dalton
David Ziskind
Douglas Page
George Allen

Robert Law
The Dot and Lam Hardman Family Foundation, Inc.
Scana Energy
Pamela Buzbee
Brian Gleason
Phenna Petty
Maria Peifer

Mary Williams
Matthew Reed
Otis Johnson
Patricia Lundy
Steve Smith
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce


$50 - $999


America's Charities
David Kennedy
Julie Ciborowski
Neal Bermas

Ramona Latsis
Davis Knox
Brian Swanagan
Shaunae Motley
Nahid Farzad
Geesje van Dijk

Barbara Wall
BBA Leadership Institute Inc.
Jaclyn Colona
Michelle Strowhiro
Sarah Horsley

Up to $49
Benevity Inc.
Peter Balsamo
Michael Toguchi
Jason Clay

The Right Team, Right Time

“Thank you very much to Georgia Foundation for Public Education...I hope you can show this 'model' to other business and education partnerships. It is the innovation that our students need to better secure their futures." --Mark Whitlock, Coweta Schools