2021 Annual Dinner Information and RSVP
Visit our Annual Dinner Celebration and Art Sale page from the menu on the left for more details and to see this year's invitation.
Update: Thanks to an overwhelming response and support of the Springfield community, the meal option for this year's Annual Dinner Celebration is sold out. However, a donation of any amount provides access to the evening's virtual program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to noon on March 19, 2021, to be added to the event link list or waitlist for any meals that may become available. Donations can be made through the "Electronic Payment Link", below, or by mailing a check to the Springfield Public Schools Foundation, 1900 W. Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62704 before March 19, 2021. Please be sure to include a contact name and email or phone number on any checks mailed to the Foundation's office.
This year, we are offering student art in the form of prints and notecards. As has been the case in past years, the proceeds from the art sale will be returned to the three high schools and Lawrence Education Center. Orders can be placed using this form or by navigating to: https://forms.gle/x9b19H89KCrRToha6. The sale runs through April 10. Orders can be picked up or mailed.
Please contact Julie Hammers, email@example.com or 217-525-4406 with any questions
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-eight 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 activities, technology initiatives, and Foundation dollars fully funded the construction of an accessible playground at Lee School.
Each year the Foundation offers IMPACT, Pre-K through 8th Grade Classroom Library, Extracurricular, Special Education Life Skills, Student-Led, and Special Projects Grants to teachers and students 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through the following:
- Voluntary $10 student billing donation
- Memorial contributions
- The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
- Federal Combined Campaign
- Workplace giving programs
- Corporate matching gifts
- 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.