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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-three 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 $2.5 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 would not have been possible. The Foundation raises funds to benefit all schools, students and teachers.

These funds have purchased hundreds of library books, computers, science equipment and musical instruments. In addition, Foundation dollars have supported school science fairs, arts education programming, memorial scholarships, outdoor education camps, and architectural and theater residency programs.

Each year the Foundation offers Elementary Classroom Library, Classroom Education, Extra Curricular and Special Projects Grants to teachers to provide unique learning experiences. And since 1981, has directed more than $1.8 million of total dollars raised to grants.

Since 2006 the SPSF has raised $250,000 for technology initiatives in the middle and high 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.


The major fundraiser for the SPSF is the Annual Dinner and Student Art Auction held in January each year. Many individuals and organizations contribute to the Foundation throughout the year with a voluntary $10 donation option on district student billings, memorial contributions, donations in honor of individuals, the Sangamon County Community Foundation, Federal Combined Campaign, workplace giving programs, corporate matching gifts and on our website.

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.