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Who We Are

Introduced in 1981, the Springfield Public Schools Foundation incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1982 - the first such foundation in Illinois.

The Springfield Public Schools Foundation is a community-based organization, serving Springfield District 186 public schools for thirty-six years with the mission of creating a margin of excellence. We carry out our mission in partnership with Springfield School District 186 and the Springfield community.

Since 1981, the Foundation has contributed more than $3 million to help create exceptional educational experiences for the students in our schools. Through donations, memorial gifts and fundraising, the Foundation has funded a wide range of educational programs and activities that otherwise would not have been possible. The Foundation raises funds to benefit all schools, students and teachers.

Foundation dollars have purchased hundreds of library books, computers, science equipment and musical instruments. In addition, Foundation dollars have supported STEAM/STEM programming, arts education programming, memorial scholarships, outdoor education camps, extracurricular sports and activites, technology initiatives, and Foundation dollars fully funded the construction of an accessible playground at Lee School.

Each year the Foundation offers Pre-K through 8th Grade Classroom Library, Classroom Education, Extracurricular, Special Education Life Skills, Student-Led and Special Projects Grants to teachers and student to provide unique learning experiences throughout the Springfield Public Schools.

Our Board of Directors
The Foundation is led by an independent, volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board members are drawn from the community, provide diverse representation and share a deep commitment to public education in Springfield.

The Foundation employs no paid staff. District employees through our partnership with District 186 provide administrative support.

Fundraising
The major fundraiser for the Foundation is the Annual Dinner and Student Art Auction held in February each year. The Board of Directors encourages individuals or corporate sponsors interested in supporting the Foundation's mission to join them at this annual event. 

Donors may also support the Foundation by contacting the Foundation's administrative support, Julie Hammers at 217/525-4406 or jhammers@sps186.org or through the following:

Your donation to the Springfield Public Schools Foundation qualifies as a charitable tax deduction as allowed by law. We will send an acknowledgment/receipt to confirm your gift. Please click on the "Donate Now" link below for more information about making a donation.