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The Chelsea Education Foundation (CEF) is dedicated to funding educational opportunities and program enhancements in Chelsea that would otherwise go unfunded.   Our sponsors and donors have selected CEF as their partner in directing their charitable contributions.  Corporations, local business owners, Chelsea High School student families and alumni, and local retirees are all investors in the students, teachers, and educators of Chelsea.

Click to see our sponsorship levels 


The Chelsea Education Foundation hosts a signature event annually which features live auction items.  The items with the greatest fundraising impact include vacations, jewelry, art, high-end services or products, unique experiences, and sports, entertainment, or historical memorabilia. 

If you are considering donating an item for the auction,

please review  2019 Impact Statement and 2020 Sponsorship Packages

If you have some special, unique, or creative items you’d like to donate for the next event, you can also email


Friends of CEF either make  a cash donation to CEF or provide in-kind donations for fundraising events.



Some employers provide matching gifts that can double or even triple the value of a gift to the Chelsea Education Foundation.  Check with your employer’s Human Resources department or Giving Arm to see if your company has a matching gift policy.  Our latest information suggests the following major, local employers have matching gift programs:

  • Automatic Data Processing

  • BP (British Petroleum)

  • Consumers Energy

  • DTE Energy

  • Exxon Mobil

  • Fifth Third Bank

  • Ford

  • Gap

  • General Electric

  • Google, Inc.

  • Jackson National Lifer Insurance Company

  • Masco Corporation

  • NSK Corporation

  • ProQuest

  • TCF Bank

  • Thomson Reuters

  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc


Please send in your gift with your employer’s Matching Gift form.



AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Chelsea Education Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you.  To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to  You may also want to bookmark AmazonSmile to make it easier to return and start your shopping there.  On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Chelsea Education Foundation as the charity to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.  Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to CEF.



iGive is a web-based shopping site that directs a portion of the sales price for items purchased from more than 1,500 stores to the Chelsea Education Foundation.  The average iGive member generates $30-$100 per year for the designated charity.  To start shopping and earning for CEF today, click here.


GoodShop and GoodSearch

When you use GoodSearch (a Yahoo! powered search engine) or GoodShop, CEF wins.  With Good Shop, you can shop at more than 5,000 stores, sometimes with as much as 20% of the sale being donated directly to CEF.  CEF receives a donation for each search performed on GoodSearch if you after you set them as your charity on the site.  Visit GoodSearch and GoodShop at  With this specific URL, CEF will be automatically selected as your charity of choice.

Busch's MYWAY Cash for Education

Through Bush's Cash for Education program, they provide cash for schools and local organizations every time you shop! Simply enroll in Busch’s Cash for Education program via the participant link and start earning money for your school today. This hassle-free program requires nothing more, it’s that easy.

*Users : please log into your Busch’s My Way account and go the Cash for Education Page to select to earn for CEF organization for every quarter Click for directions

Click for Step By Step Video 


Donate Marriott Rewards Points

Marriott allows its Reward Point members to convert Reward Points into a cash donation for a designated charity.  To participate, visit, then click on “Find a Cause” to search for the Chelsea Education Foundation.  You can convert as little as 15,000 points into a $50 donation, or as much as 280,000 points for a $1,000 donation to CEF.


American Express Reward Points

American Express Cardmembers who are enrolled in the Member Rewards® program may redeem Membership Rewards points for a donation.  To learn more about the program, to participate, and to donate, visit, and select “Chelsea Education Foundation” as your charity of choice.


QualiFed charitable distributions (QCDs) have been permanently extended. Individuals can donate up to $100,000 per year directly from a traditional or Roth IRA to qualifying charities. This is attractive to some investors because QCDs can be used to satisfy required minimum distributions (RMDs) from an IRA without having the distribution included in their income..



You can plan now for a future gift to the Foundation by including a bequest provision in your Will or Trust.  Chelsea Education Foundation can be named a beneficiary of an estate or as a recipient of a specified gift.  Assets such as Individual Retirement Account (IRA) benefits, 401(k) benefits, and life insurance benefits can be donated by naming the Chelsea Education Foundation as the designated beneficiary of your contract.

A bequest is for you if: (1) You want to help ensure the Foundation’s future viability and strength; (2) You want the flexibility of a gift that doesn’t affect your current cash flow; (3) You wish to retain control of your assets during your lifetime; (4) You need the flexibility to change you bequest if your circumstances change; and (5) You gain satisfaction from teh certainty that your bequest will support the Foundation long after you are gone.

Please refer to the following for sample bequest language

  • Unrestricted Gifts: “I give, devise, and bequeath to the Chelsea Education Foundation, Chelsea, Michigan, the sum of $____________∗, for its general purposes.”

  • Gifts for a Specific Purpose: “I give, devise, and bequeath to The Chelsea Education Foundation, Chelsea, Michigan, the sum of $____________∗, to be used for [state specific purpose, program, or activity].”

  • Residuary Bequest: “I give, devise, and bequeath to The Chelsea Education Foundation, Chelsea, Michigan, ___________% of the residue of my estate to be used for its general purposes.”

  • Contingency Gift: “In the event _______________ predeceases me, I give, devise, and bequeath his/her share of my estate to The Chelsea Education Foundation, Chelsea, Michigan, to be used for it’s general purposes.”

Rather than leaving a certain lump sum, you may include language that refers to a percentage of your estate or a description of the property you wish to give.


Scholarship funds are created to acknowledge the legacy of or  to honor the memory of a loved one.  If you would like to create a new fund, Chelsea Education Foundation can work with you to plan and develop your new fund.  Scholarships may be funded through an investment account (which builds over time and draws interest) or through annual contributions to fund the scholarship each year.  Based on your wishes, we will assist in the composition of a new fund agreement letter so that we can administer the fund in accordance with your intentions as the years go by.  When you establish a new scholarship fund, you’ll want to think of a name/title for the fund, the criteria for scholarship recipients, and the service level you are expecting from the Foundation (i.e. select recipient, promote the fund, etc.).

If you are interested in establishing a new scholarship fund, please send an email to

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