a gift registry for 529 Plans and education savings accounts


About Us

The Gift of Education is a company committed to the future of children—ours and yours. As parents, we know firsthand how difficult it can be to find the time and money to make a contribution to our children's 529 accounts or other education savings accounts. We also know the frustration of giving and receiving material gifts that have a short lifespan.

We heard from many parents and grandparents who wanted a way to give gifts that mattered, gifts that contributed to the long-term success of their children. We created The Gift of Education to do just that, by giving you and the people in your life a place to contribute to a gift that will last forever. The Gift of Education is truly a gift that will last a lifetime.

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The Gift of Education
216 F Street #8
Davis, CA 95616



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The Story Behind The Gift of Education

Two events in my life encouraged me to form The Gift of Education: the birth of my children and the death of a friend.

When I was preparing for the birth of my first son, I was excited about all the new stuff that came with a new baby. The car seats, strollers, bouncy seats, toys–I wanted it all. I felt like I needed it all. I was caught up in believing that, in order to raise a happy child, it was necessary to have all this “stuff”.  I soon realized that children don’t need “stuff”. Children need love and attention. It also became obvious to me what I wanted for my children. I wanted them to be happy, healthy, confident and educated kids– the same goals all mothers have for their children.

In August of 2009, I learned a friend and former basketball teammate was ill with gallbladder cancer.  Her former teammates and coach rushed to Kentucky to rally around her. The months following our visit she continued to battle cancer as we continued to struggle with what we could do to help her and her family. As former athletes, it was instinctual for us to want to jump in and help. We were used to facing difficult challenges and working together to solve them. Cancer was a challenge we had never faced and it was apparent that we would not be able to influence the outcome this time.

In April 2010, Ashley lost her battle with cancer. She left behind four young children and her devoted husband Dave. At her funeral, I learned that Ashley had made a request to one of her husband’s best friends. Her request was to make sure that her children attend college. An account was set up for the kids and emails began to circulate. Ashley and Dave had a large community of family and friends around them who were eager to help. Despite great intentions, the efforts to raise money for the children’s college fund fell short. It fell short not because people didn’t want to help; it fell short because the process of getting money to the account was cumbersome. In my mind there needed to be an easier way.

Acting on an instinct to help a friend and the desire to reduce the “stuff” in my own children’s lives, I created The Gift of Education, an online gift registry for educational funds. By offering a centralized place where family and friends can contribute money toward a child’s educational fund, The Gift of Education turns saving for a child’s education into a community effort. It’s all about teamwork!

For more information about The Gift of Education, please visit our How it Works page.

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Some of our features include:

  • No setup fees.
  • Automatic account holder notification when a gift is given.
  • Print or email custom gift certificates.
  • Built-in “thank you” feature.
  • Detailed history of gifts.
  • Easily share your profile via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

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