About Us

Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation (REEF) is a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit public benefit corporation formed in 1993 to benefit the over 43,000 students in Riverside Unified School District (RUSD). Our all-volunteer board is composed of community leaders, parents, business associates, and educators. The early success of REEF was due in part to the vision of Bonnie G. Polis, a founding member. In recognition of her commitment to the students and teachers of RUSD, our Teaching Enrichment Grant program was named in her honor.

What We Do

Since REEF's inception, REEF has granted over $1.75 million dollars to RUSD in teaching grants, enhancing the educational experience of students from elementary school through high school. REEF's role has also expanded to involve other types of grants and scholarships.

  • Teaching Enrichment Grants: REEF awards Bonnie G. Polis Teaching Enrichment Grants on an annual basis. Since its inception, REEF has granted over $1.75 million to RUSD teachers selected from among those whose grant applications demonstrate an aim to fulfill our mission.
  • Earthwatch Fellowships: A combination of designated funds from private donors and REEF funds makes it possible for us to send RUSD teachers all over the globe on scientific expeditions, returning to share the experience with their students.
  • Student Scholarships: REEF reviews applications and selects scholarship winners each year from those RUSD students who meet the requirements for scholarships funded by gifts from private donors.

Our Partners

Our success is due to the generous donations of our Premier Sponsors, business partners, and individual donors from throughout the Riverside community.

  • Event & Fundraiser Support: Support of our events and fundraisers by members of our community provides crucial grant funds annually.
  • Payroll Deductions: RUSD employees make donations to REEF through automatic payroll deduction.
  • Individual Donations: Parents, grandparents, teachers, former students and more-- donations of any size are welcome and appreciated.
  • REEF Business Partnership Program: This program is designed to integrate business permanently into the support of our public schools.
  • Gifts to REEF's Endowment Fund: Individual donors help our endowment fund grow through generous gifts of appreciated stock, property donations, and/or bequests to the Foundation.

Interested in becoming a Business Partner?

Please join the cause to better our community by strengthening our public schools.

Contact Us
(951) 788-7135 ext. 80450
reef4rusd@gmail.com

We would like to thank the following REEF Platinum Sponsors, in addition to those at every level, who have partnered with REEF in support of RUSD public schools:

Platinum Sponsors – $5,000+

Altura Credit Union

Altura Credit Union

The E. Rhodes and Leona B Carpenter Foundation

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

The E. Rhodes and Leona B Carpenter Foundation

The Fox Foundation

Natlie A. Cole-Reagins Foundation

Natlie A. Cole-Reagins Foundation

NEFF Construction Inc.

NEFF Construction Inc.

Provident Bank

Provident Bank

Schools First Federal Credit Union

Schools First Federal Credit Union

STA Sponsorship

Student Transportation of America, Inc.

Tilden-Coil Constructors

Tilden-Coil Constructors

Gold Sponsors – $2500 to $4999

Apple Valley Communications

Christian Bros. Heating and Air

City of Riverside


HMC Architects
Kiwanis Club of Uptown Riverside - In Memory
of Si & Skip Ober

Kretschmar & Smith
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
RSM McGladry Inc.

Silver Sponsors – $1000 to $2499

ACH Mechanical
Choice Transportation
Fagen, Friedman, Fulfrost
Lifetouch Prestige Portraits
Piper Jaffray & Co
Riverside City Teachers Association