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Poudre School District Foundation

The PSD Foundation funds learning opportunities that may not otherwise be possible. We provide resources to implement innovative programs and projects that positively impact student achievement. With support from the community our students will have access to powerful learning opportunities.

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General Information

General
Official Name
Poudre School District Foundation Inc​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
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Former Name(s)
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Acronym
PSDF
Date Established
2000
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-1555092
Addresses
Headquarters Address
1630 Stover St.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Colorado Location
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Mailing Address
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Other Address
1630 Stover St.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
970-490-3248
Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
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Web/Email
Email
foundation@psdschools.org
Website
www.psdfoundation.org
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Mission Statement

Inspiring Community Investment in Student Learning Experiences.

Testimonials

In partnership with Poudre School District, Poudre School District Foundation mobilizes community resources to provide students with educational opportunities that would not otherwise exist.

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Poudre School District (PSD) serves over 50,000 children in Northern Colorado with the mission to "Educate every child, every day." In order to accomplish this mission, PSD and the Poudre School District Foundation work collaboratively to create opportunities for all children to succeed in the classroom and beyond. While school budgets enable teachers to accomplish their day-to-day activities, Foundation grants and support enable them to easily pilot and implement innovative new programs, techniques and resources to reach every student.

Since its inception in 2000, Poudre School District Foundation has provided over $975,000 in grants to teachers for programs supporting innovation in education. Many of these grant-funded programs have grown to become integral components of ongoing classroom experiences.

During the 2017-2018 school year, PSDF provided over $65,000 in grants to teachers, directly impacting over 5000 students in the District. Many of these programs will be incorporated into curriculum going forward, expanding their impact for years to come. Additionally, scholarships were provided to students in conjunction with donor designated funds.

PSDF will continue to look for ways to expand the grant process to enable more teachers to apply for and receive grant funds. This will be accomplished through stronger fundraising efforts to increase awareness and donations to the Foundation, as well as a review of the grant application criteria and processes.

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The Poudre School District Foundation works to support teachers by providing grants to teachers and support staff to pilot new programs, techniques and resources designed to reach all students in the district.

The PSD Foundation receives approximately 40 grant applications from teachers each year, totaling more than $175,000 in requests. With about $75,000 available in the Innovative Programs Fund, the Foundation awards about 40% of all applications. Our goal is to grow allowing us to support a greater percentage of applications, and to expand overall funding opportunities to educators.

The Foundation also supports the Excellence in Education program, recognizing outstanding teachers and promising new teachers in a celebration of creativity, dedication and professionalism. These are the teachers who change students' lives; teachers who are leaders in their schools and in the community.

Support for the Poudre School District Foundation directly impacts students' opportunities to reach new levels of success and engagement.

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The PSD Foundation (PSDF) is a 501(c) 3 organization and was incorporated on October 5, 2000 in support of Poudre School District. Started by a group of retired educators and community members, PSDF began by offering small grants to teachers to support classroom activities and programs. After a shift to highlight innovative projects in the early 2000s and an increased focus on fundraising, PSDF began offering SPIE grants to teachers in support of engaging and innovative classroom initiatives. Since then, PSDF has provided over $975,000 in grants to pre-K through 12th grade classrooms, supporting everything from once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom, to supplying Smart Boards to autism classrooms, to supporting math classes building a house with Habitat for Humanity. PSDF support has resulted in innovative, lasting opportunities for children across the district.

PSD is a leading-edge, student-focused school district with high-priority needs. To remain student-focused and advance excellence in our district, we have to meet the strategic needs that will allow our students the opportunity to succeed.

The Poudre School District Foundation helps fill the gap as the only comprehensive, district-wide advancement organization. The Foundation works as a partner to support programs and fulfill needs that positively impact student achievement, making sure that every child learns to the best of their ability, regardless of their ability.

Why? Because we want the best for our kids.

The PSD Foundation office is located at 1630 Stover St., Fort Collins, 80525, near the intersection of Prospect and Stover St.

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Poudre School District Foundation is managed by an Executive Director, an appointed Board of Directors, and an elected Executive Committee.

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Since our founding in 2000, the PSD Foundation has provided over $975,000 in support for students in the Poudre School District. Through our SPIE (Supporting Partnerships in Innovative Education) grant program, we have provided opportunities for PSD students to go above and beyond typical classroom experiences. From Geometry in Construction, which teaches students the relevance of geometry through construction of a Habitat for Humanity home, to The Colorado Coralition which allows middle and high school students to volunteer with the Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Key, to the Telementor Enrichment Program which enables students to explore and prepare for future careers under the guidance of a mentor, SPIE grants have made a difference. Each year, SPIE grants ensure students have opportunities for academic success, for learning about our changing world, for exploring possibilities, and for connecting them with their school and local community.

Our board of directors consists of dedicated professionals and community representatives, who manage all aspects of the Foundation operations. We are excited to look ahead at the possibilities for the coming year, as we embark upon a new chapter for the Foundation. Our focused efforts over the past year have resulted in a considerable increase in fundraising, which we used to hire an Executive Director. The addition of a dedicated professional will support our goal of increasing the funding we are able to provide to PSD, as well as further deepen our partnership with the school district. We are truly grateful to be partnered with such an amazing school district, in an incredibly supportive and philanthropic community!

We hope that you will join us as we SPARK additional opportunities for our students and prepare them for an ever-changing post-secondary world.

Vallene Kailburn
President
PSD Foundation


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"THANK YOU so much for your support!!! This is the 3rd year for the 7th grade/1st grade chemistry tye-dying project and this year was the best!!!! It was a big relief for teachers and parents that neither of the projects were an additional cost and yet the experience was so enriching! I truly rely on these grants to support the continued "out of the box" projects. THANK YOU!!!" - Katy Williams, Blevins Middle School


"Our coral restoration trip to Key Largo was an incredible success, and I am grateful for Poudre School District's support of our learning efforts. Thanks again for the help from the PSD Foundation. It was an amazing trip...one I hope to do again in the future." - Matt Strand, Polaris School for Expeditionary Learning School

Organization History

The PSD Foundation (PSDF) is a 501(c) 3 organization and was incorporated on October 5, 2000 in support of Poudre School District. Started by then Superintendant, Don Unger, Chris Richmond and other community leaders. PSDF began by offering small grants to teachers to support classroom activities and programs. After a shift to highlight innovative projects in the early 2000s and an increased focus on fundraising, PSDF began offering SPIE grants to teachers in support of engaging and innovative classroom initiatives. Since then, PSDF has provided over $975,000 in grants to pre-K through 12th grade classrooms, supporting everything from once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom, to supplying Smart Boards to autism classrooms, to supporting math classes building a house with Habitat for Humanity. PSDF support has resulted in innovative, lasting opportunities for children across the district.

PSD is a leading-edge, student-focused school district with high-priority needs. To remain student-focused and advance excellence in our district, we have to meet the strategic needs that will allow our students the opportunity to succeed.

The Poudre School District Foundation helps fill the gap as the only comprehensive, district-wide advancement organization. The Foundation works as a partner to support programs and fulfill needs that positively impact student achievement, making sure that every child learns to the best of their ability, regardless of their ability.

Why? Because we want the best for our kids.

The PSD Foundation office is located at 1630 Stover St., Fort Collins, 80525, near the intersection of Prospect and Stover St.

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Poudre School District Foundation is managed by an Executive Director, an appointed Board of Directors, and an elected Executive Committee.

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Since our founding in 2000, the PSD Foundation has provided over $975,000 in support for students in the Poudre School District. Through our SPIE (Supporting Partnerships in Innovative Education) grant program, we have provided opportunities for PSD students to go above and beyond typical classroom experiences. From Geometry in Construction, which teaches students the relevance of geometry through construction of a Habitat for Humanity home, to The Colorado Coralition which allows middle and high school students to volunteer with the Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Key, to the Telementor Enrichment Program which enables students to explore and prepare for future careers under the guidance of a mentor, SPIE grants have made a difference. Each year, SPIE grants ensure students have opportunities for academic success, for learning about our changing world, for exploring possibilities, and for connecting them with their school and local community.

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