About Us, Center Grove Education Foundation

About Us

Enriching Lives

within Center Grove Schools

The Center Grove Education Foundation (CGEF) enriches the lives of Center Grove students, teachers, administrators and staff by funding learning experiences and providing other educational resources.

Founded in 1998, the Foundation is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization led by a board of directors representing various areas of the Center Grove community in White River Township in Johnson County, Indiana.

Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.


Our Impact

The Foundation bridges the gap between programs funded with tax dollars and the need for additional imaginative programs and activities to ensure that students learn, grow and achieve their full academic potential.

Total Grants
77 k
Grant Dollars
56 k
Scholarship Dollars
Our Mission and Vision

Our Vision

Through community involvement and support, every student will have the opportunity to achieve his/her highest potential; every teacher will have the resources to educate in the most effective manner; and every administrator will be able to provide exemplary support and leadership.

Our Mission

Partner with the community to enrich the lives of all CGCSC students by funding additional learning opportunities and resources for students, teachers and administrators.


Jennifer Rakow, Executive Director
Executive Director

Jennifer Rakow

Jennifer has been the Executive Director of the Center Grove Education Foundation since 2016. Before joining us, she was the Assistant Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Religious Education Assistant at Saints Francis and Claire Catholic Church in Greenwood. She also was a Health and Fitness Instructor and Youth Development Coordinator at the National Institute for Health and Fitness in Indianapolis. She is a graduate of Indiana University. She serves on the board of the Indiana Association of Public Education Foundations.

Board of Directors

Our volunteer board members work together to raise money to fund educational projects that go beyond the normal charter of the school corporation.


Brandon Pav

Tracey Wischmeyer
Vice President

David Ferguson

Karen Berlin


Brittany Benson
Drew Cravens
Jessica Dagley
David Ferguson
Clint Heisler
Jana Hennessy
Chastity Jarrett
Rob Lather
Lindsey Long
Lisa Porat


Amy Counts
CGCSC School Board Liaison

Richard Arkanoff
CGCSC Superintendent, Administrative Representative

UTACG Representatives

Ray Podesta
Past Board President