In 1995 a group of twenty area families and businesses came together to establish a fund to support Dothan City Schools. The Education Foundation for Dothan’s Future was born. The Foundation’s primary purpose was to strengthen student achievement and motivation, improve classroom instruction and teacher morale, and build community support and confidence in public schools through funds raised from private, corporate and governmental sources for such purposes. In October of 2012, the Education Foundation for Dothan’s Future, Inc., combined with two successful community initiatives, Yes We Can! Dothan and Adopt-A-School! Dothan, to form the Dothan Education Foundation (DEF).
The same work that began in 1995 continues today through the Dothan Education Foundation. Governed by a 13-member voluntary Board of Directors, the DEF exists to support our students, teachers and parents by creating an environment of community involvement and engagement with our schools through various activities and programs. While the Foundation’s goal is to meet the educational needs of Dothan, it does not duplicate the work of education-related groups. The Foundation works closely with the school board, parent-teacher associations and other school groups, but remains strictly independent.