Grants are designed to encourage creativity in the classroom and to enhance everyday lessons through funds not available through the schools’ annual operating budget.
Since its inception 18 years ago, the foundation has worked independently from, yet in collaboration with Oregon Public Schools, and since 2000 has granted in excess of $55,000, impacting thousands of students.
The endowment fund, established through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, uses only the interest income from donations.
“This allows the Endowment Fund to grow year-over-year, ensuring the strength and expansion of the grant program for years to come”, said foundation president Lisa Keller. “This past year, we received a record 34 grant applications and for the first time ever, applications from every school in our system,” Keller said.
“I love being able to present new material that is relevant and meaningful to my students; the program not only increased my love of teaching, but increased my students love of learning,” said Janice Heller, language arts teacher at Eisenhower Middle School.
Although the Annual Giving Campaign does focus on corporate giving, the foundation has developed a unique relationship with The United Way, enabling donors to designate the Oregon Schools Foundation for a portion or all of their annual United Way contribution.
Many Oregon residents have contributed to their legacy by including the Oregon School Foundation in their estate plan, as their money forever remains in the endowment and continues to give to the students in the community every year.
For more information on the Oregon Schools Foundation or how to make a donation, visit www.oregonschoolsfoundation.org