The Lafayette Education Foundation has ranked in the top 50 of the country’s 200 largest K-12 education foundations, a news release announced on Wednesday.

The study, conducted by Dewey & Associates and sponsored by Foundant Technologies, a grants management company, and ClassWallet, which provides a platform for tracking classroom funds, also ranked LEF sixth among education foundations with annual revenues of similar size.

“This ranking is a great honor for LEF,” Mike Blanchard, LEF executive director, said in the news release. “But it is also a tribute to the vision of the community leaders whose dedication to excellence in public school education led to the creation of LEF over 26 years ago.”

As part of the study, “Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations,” researchers considered several performance indicators, such as the total dollars awarded in grants to schools and the number of students impacted by those awards.

The Lafayette Education Foundation supports public schools and teachers, and since its founding has awarded more than $2 million in classroom and school impact grants. In the current school year, LEF grants had a direct impact on 5,467 students.

Blanchard said the Lafayette Parish school system is one of the smallest school districts in the study with an enrollment of about 30,000 students. The average enrollment of the districts supported in the top 50 education foundation is more than 97,000 students.

“The fact that LEF achieved such a favorable ranking among much larger communities and school systems demonstrates the value that the residents of Lafayette Parish place on the role of public education and their confidence in LEF as a viable funding model to leverage community support for our local public school system,” Blanchard said.