SFKIEA was formed in response to a decline in state funding for public education, particularly out of concern for the viability of the Korean Immersion Program (“KIP”) in the San Francisco Unified School District. Expansion of KIP into middle school, while supported in principle by the school district, had not been funded. Moreover, the funding available for KIP teaching staff in the upper grades was strained to the point where alternate funding, including emergency funding from our PTA, was necessary just to maintain the existing language program, which ended in 6th grade.
To alleviate these problems and after consulting with other public school parents whose children were enrolled in KIP, the founders organized and incorporated SFKIEA in 2012 as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to identifying alternate funding sources, including but not limited to corporate donations and charitable grants, and coordinating and ensuring funding for the long term.
In February 2013, SFKIEA was granted tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.