Northside Education Foundation (NEF)

NEF Grant Patrol

The Northside Education Foundation was created in 1995. The mission of the Foundation is to foster community involvement in innovative educational programs by generating and disbursing funds and other resources to provide enrichment for students of the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX.

The NISD Partner and Employee Gratitude Awards Ceremony is on Thursday, April 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., live from the Brokemill Room at Pedrotti’s Ranch via a livestream at Thanks to RBFCU and Spurs Sports & Entertainment for sponsoring this event. 

This celebration, presented by the Northside Education Foundation (NEF), will recognize District employees for their extraordinary efforts since the pandemic began, and honor NISD’s Outstanding Partners of the Year and NEF’s Unsung Heroes.

All NISD employees, students, families and friends, and community and business partners are invited to watch and share the virtual event information.

This first-ever event is providing a unique opportunity to the community to learn untold stories about a variety of the District's essential education heroes, such as nurses, bus drivers, counselors, police officers, custodians, cafeteria staff, and after school daycare instructors, in addition to teachers, administrators, business and community partners, and many others, supporting Northside students, families and each other during the pandemic.

"As we're near the end of an unprecedented school year, I hope as much of the Northside family can participate. Many honorees at the event will be representing thousands of our best people deserving recognition and this allows them to join this special spotlight, even virtually. The time has come to applaud our heroes' hard work as NISD is essential, together, looking ahead," said NISD Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods.

NEF Drive-In Movie Nights

Take a break and enjoy a night out at the drive-in! NEF is hosting Drive-In Movie Nights, May 18-23, at Six Flags Fiesta Texas to bring the community together in a unique, safe way.  

To honor educators and NISD retirees during Teacher Appreciation Month, NEF is offering $10 off movie tickets! Use the discount code EDUCATOR when you buy your tickets here for the following films: May 18 - Coco; May 19 - The Sandlot; May 20 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off; May 21 - Mean Girls; May 22 - Shrek; May 23 - Dirty Dancing.  

Tailgating is allowed. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the events begin at 8:30 p.m. There will be food trucks available. COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place.

Learn more about NEF Drive-In Movie Nights here and sponsor here. Funds raised support NISD educators.

When the sun goes down, the fun begins at NEF Drive-In Movie Nights!

NEF Annual Giving Campaign: Thank You Donors!

Thank you for your donations to the NEF Annual Giving Campaign! While the official campaign has ended our credit/debit card donation site remains open. Just text NEFFAN to 41444. We will announce the results of the campaign soon through Facebook and Twitter


SeaWorld & Aquatica SA Discount Tickets

Purchase your deeply discounted tickets from NEF today!

  • SeaWorld San Antonio one-day tickets - $55 (price goes up April 1) 
  • Aquatica one-day tickets - $55 
  • SeaWorld San Antonio & Aquatica San Antonio tickets - $75 
  • Parking passes - $25. 

We never charge a processing fee or tax! The price you see is the price you pay! 

Call the NEF Office at (210) 397-8599 to make your purchase! We'll email you the voucher to be redeemed at SeaWorld San Antonio. All prices are subject to change at any time.

All tickets are valid for a year after purchase. Park products, hours and services are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. These tickets are non-transferrable, non-refundable and not for resale. Offers subject to change without notice. Please visit SeaWorld’s website for the current operating schedule. Once you purchase your ticket and parking, please make your reservation online.


Sporting Clay Shooting Tournament

The 2021 NEF Sporting Clay Shooting Tournament took place Tuesday, March 16, at the San Antonio National Shooting Complex. Thanks to all of our sponsors! View scores and awards here. 


2020 Virtual 5K

The 2020 NEF 5K went virtual for the first time ever with more than 2,000 participants raising more than $50,000 for the annual event. 

See how morning rain showers didn’t stop runners from posting photos of their run with their families wearing their 5K bibs. 


'Fore' Education Golf Tournament

The 2021 NEF 'Fore' Education Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18, at The Dominion Country Club.

View the 2020 event photos on Facebook.



On Nov. 10-12, 2020, NEF celebrated its 25th anniversary and the 2020 NISD Pillars of Character by hosting a Virtual Pillar Recognition & Summit; a three-day mini-conference rounded out with our annual gala.

During the Summit, key NISD and industry leaders attended informative sessions and engaged with one another to address timely topics related to Northside’s future, public education and business opportunities, and more. On the evening of Nov. 12, NISD and NEF supporters, including District employees and families, were able to party in place at our Virtual Gala to celebrate our 25th anniversary and the NISD's Pillars.

Gala Replay

Friends of the Foundation

Want to stay in the know about NEF activities? Become an FOF (Friend of the Foundation). We’ll add you to our mailing list. Many Friends of the Foundation have become valuable members of our Board of Directors.