About JCEF

Mission Statement

Josephine County Educational Fund provides scholarships and grants to students in schools throughout Southern Oregon with a focus on Josephine County. Awards are based on demonstrated leadership and co-curricular activities, academics and need, and are funded by donations from individuals, businesses, service clubs and class alumni.

Who We Are

Founded in 1964, the Josephine County Educational Fund, Inc. or JCEF, is proudly celebrating 58 years of operation. JCEF currently manages 300 individual funds and over $9.5 million in assets. In 2021, JCEF awarded $1,050,000 in scholarships, $122,000 in grants and invested $6,800 in projects throughout Josephine County and Southern Oregon.

The Josephine County Educational fund is led by a dedicated Board of Directors who do so much to support the mission and work of the foundation in countless ways through their gifts of time, talent, professional expertise and philanthropy.

Commitment to Equity

For over 58 years, the Josephine County Educational Fund has worked to support students, schools, and our community with the vision that all youth have the opportunity to thrive. Our community is far more diverse and complex than when we first began, and we are committed to being adaptive and responsive to the evolving needs that arise.

We believe that by taking a student-centered approach, and focusing on authentic engagement and partnership, we can address the persistent disparities that prevent the full potential of students to be realized. As an organization, we are committed to approaching our work through an equity lens to ensure that we design policies, practices, and programs that identify and eliminate potential barriers. This is a journey that we are on, and will continue to listen, learn, and implement best practices to ensure the students and communities we serve realize their full potential.