The GEF was formed in 2008 as an avenue for community members to donate their time and funds on behalf of the Goochland County Public Schools. In 2016, the GEF’s board of directors went through a strategic planning process, recognizing that the schools are limited by resources and regulated curriculum to provide much needed programming. As a result, the board revised the mission to secure funding to support innovative learning opportunities for Goochland County Public School students. In May, 2017, the board of directors hired an executive director to grow the organization through new programming, raised awareness, and increased revenues. Since that time, we have been able to implement a number of new programs to meet the needs of children in Goochland County to prepare them for an ever-changing and unknown global marketplace and community life.