The mission of Educational Foundation for Independence (EFFI) is to provide scholarships in the form of tuition assistance for students to attend K-12 private schools and college support programs for alternative learners. Our scholarship philosophy is to strengthen and sustain individuals within unique educational environments in order to expand upon their core abilities and to assist them in reaching their fullest potential. As such, we develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with individuals and educational institutions, and invest sufficient funds to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful and lasting results.

Guiding Principles

The 5 principles below reflect EFFI’s beliefs about the role of patronage and the impact it has on individuals with varying exceptionalities and their families. The principles guide who were are, what we do, how we do it, and most importantly why we do it.

While many of them are fundamental to the way we operate, we will remain open to amending them as we grow and learn more about our work and changing young lives.


This is a foundation driven by the interests and passions for educating individuals with varying exceptionalities.


We advocate for our recipients —vigorously but responsibly—in our educational focus.


Our focus is clear—and limited—and prioritizes the need for providing educational opportunity for alternative learners.


We treat our grantees and donors as trusted partners, and we treat the recipients of our work with respect and compassion.


Through transparent business practices we commit to growth through integrity, reliability, and flexibility.