It is the mission of the South Whidbey Schools Foundation to provide funding for projects outside the scope of the school district budget which foster educational excellence and innovative process for the benefit of students in the South Whidbey School District.
A group of concerned citizens realized an additional source of funding was necessary to encourage staff and students to extend the reach for excellence beyond the usual classroom experience. The Foundation was formed in 1995 to support this vision. The Foundation is a registered non-profit organization in the state of Washington and has a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.
What is meant by “beyond the scope of normal school funding?”
Normal school funding includes the daily operation of the schools, from buildings to salaries and required curriculum. The South Whidbey Schools Foundation does not supplement this funding; instead, we fund innovative learning opportunities outside these regular school operations.
Where does the money go?
Dollars come to the South Whidbey Schools Foundation either restricted or unrestricted. The restricted dollars support the program designated by the donor. The unrestricted contributions help support programs such as Classroom Grants. The Foundation has disbursed more than $80,000 to fun innovative projects and experiments to encourage educational excellence and increase student learning and participation in a variety of key areas.
What is your grant process?
During designated grant cycles, applicants submit proposals to be evaluated by a South Whidbey Schools Foundation grant committee. Grants are awarded based on consistency with the Foundations goals and funding strategies.
Do other schools have Foundations?
There are many school foundations in the State of Washington. They are at various stages of development.
How do you raise money?
We solicit donations from individuals and businesses on South Whidbey through a variety of fund raisers and direct mail appeals.
Do you have an endowment?
We have established an Endowment for Excellence in Teaching: Mentorship Award. The Mentorship Award is for teachers in our community who are being acknowledged and honored for their role and influence in the lives of our children. The endowment will provide a permanent source of funding for the Mentorship Award.
Will my donation make a difference?
YES! We need everyone to contribute if we are to raise the funds needed to award grants each year. Some can afford to contribute more than others, but no one wants to give unless they feel that the whole community is providing support. Your donation does make a difference!