Foundation for Springfield Public Schools awards $276,869 in Back to School grants to Springfield Schools
Sept. 7, 2017 (SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) – Back to School grant check delivery day is the best day of the year at the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools, especially for Foundation volunteers and grant recipients. “It’s our own surprise, ‘prize patrol’ event, that creates excitement and long-lasting benefits for student’s education,” said Foundation Executive Director, Natalie Murdock.
Nearly 50, Foundation volunteers fanned out to 41, Springfield Public Schools (SPS) to make more than 80, surprise deliveries to teachers, librarians and principals on Thursday, September 7. Ten Reading Roundup grants were also awarded earlier, on August, 24, to grant recipients. All totaled, volunteers presented $276,869 to Springfield Schools from the Foundation’s Back to School grants program.
“We are so pleased to have significantly exceeded our fundraising goal of $250,000. Doing so, enabled us to fund even more of the much-needed, innovative, Back to School grant projects, requested by our dedicated, SPS teachers and principals, across the district. The money awarded today will impact so many students.” said Foundation President-Elect Marc Mayer. “This year grants were awarded in the categories of student experience, modern learning environment, classroom projects, community engagement, professional development and Reading Roundup. Through each of the six categories teachers and librarians were rewarded for their efforts to support their student’s academic achievements. Each of those individuals go above and beyond the call of duty to seek additional funding for their projects and we applaud their efforts.”
The Back to School grant program is made possible by generous donations from community members, businesses and individuals. Foundation Executive Director, Natalie Murdock said, “The Back to School program is the heart and soul of the Foundation. It provides resources that make an impact on thousands of students across our district. Through the financial support of so many generous donors, grant day is made possible.”
Since the Foundation’s inception over 25 years ago, it has provided classroom and school grants to teachers and principals. The Back to School program has grown and evolved over the years and continues to positively impact thousands of teachers and students throughout the district.
To learn more about other Foundation opportunities to support educational excellence for Springfield Public Schools students, visit www.supportsps.org or call 417-523-0144.
Foundation for Springfield Public Schools recognizes outstanding supporters
Aug. 17, 2017 (SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) – Giving generous amounts of their time and financial support to a cause they believe in, quality education for Springfield Public Schools (SPS) students, is the binding force that this year’s recipients of the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools (FSPS) 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year and 2017 Advocates for Education, have in common.
“We are very fortunate to have hundreds of corporate partners and donors that support the FSPS, our students and teachers, through donations, event sponsorships, endowment funds and more,” said Natalie Murdock, Executive Director for the Foundation. “Those recognized today, rose to the top because they have gone above and beyond, in their support.”
The awards were given out during the Foundation’s annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon, at noon on Thursday, August 17.
2017 Corporate Partner of the Year
New this year, the 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year award went to the Springfield Cardinals. “This year, marked the second year that the Springfield Cardinals provided a unique experience for all of our third, fourth and fifth grade students. In addition, they provided fourth and fifth grade Explore students that opportunity in 2016,” said Brett Range, SPS Director of Elementary Learning.
Since beginning the initiative to bring SPS students inside the Springfield Cardinals stadium for a fun day of learning and baseball, the Springfield Cardinals have covered the transportation costs and tickets for approximately 10,000 students. Dan Reiter, General Manager for the Springfield Cardinals, accepted the award, stating that, “The Cardinals are proud to give back to our community because quality education and learning experiences are the keys to success for our students.”
2017 Advocates for Education
Virgil Anderson and Leslie Gritzmaker received the 2017 Advocates for Education award. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 1990, Virgil and Leslie have given their time and dollars to support the FSPS, the district’s students and teachers.
In 2006, Virgil and Leslie started the Virgil V. Anderson Jr. and Leslie Gritzmaker Endowment Fund to provide on-going resources to support the needs of Springfield Public Schools.
Leslie accepted the award, which also posthumously recognized Virgil, who passed away earlier this year in June of 2017
“We truly appreciate the commitment of Leslie and Virgil to our SPS students, teachers and school system,” said Executive Director, Murdock. “We literally wouldn’t be where we are today as an education foundation, if it weren’t for their hard work and generous support.”
For more information about the Foundation and opportunities to support educational excellence for Springfield Public Schools students, visit www.supportsps.org or call 417-523.0144
Foundation for Springfield Public Schools Ranks Seventh in National Study of K-12 Education Foundations
Jan. 24, 2017 ( SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) – The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations - “Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2016” - has ranked the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools (FSPS) seventh in the nation. 2016, is the first year the FSPS has been part of the national study, making its debut in the top ten out of 188 foundations in the nationwide study. To view the study, visit www.caruthers.institute
“Over our 26-year history, the FSPS has provided more than $17 million to fund countless opportunities for Springfield Public Schools students, including classroom support and scholarships for graduating seniors. In the last two years alone, we have awarded over $1.5 million to benefit our schools.” said Keran Lemons, Board President for Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. “Through the endowment funds we manage, Springfield Public Schools have resources for student’s academic needs throughout the year. The generosity of our donors, combined with the hard work of our board and staff has placed the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools at the top of the list.”
The Stepping Up study focused on K-12 education foundations in the nation’s 200, largest school districts (by student population). Additionally, top-performing education foundations that serve smaller school districts were included. In totality, there were 188, K-12 education foundations from 220 school districts included in the study. Those foundations collectively generated the following in 2014 (most recent year data available): Held $506 million in assets; raised $359 million; invested $161 million into grants and programs; and leveraged 45,000 volunteers to fuel efforts.
Stepping Up looks at eight performance categories to determine the rankings: annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student, and volunteers. Foundations also are placed into four divisions based on revenues.
“To be ranked among the top performing education foundations in the country is truly an honor. The success of the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools belongs to the Springfield community members who believe in and support our public education system,” said Natalie Murdock, Executive Director for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. “Together, we are making a real difference in the lives of the students we serve. The impact we have now will make our community even better, in the years to come.”
About the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools:
The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools raises, manages and distributes funds to benefit students and teachers in Springfield Public Schools. Thanks to many generous individual and corporate donors, the Foundation provides grants, scholarships and direct support to enhance academic achievement for students. The FSPS also hosts the Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet, which will be held this year on Monday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. To learn more about Foundation opportunities to support educational excellence for Springfield Public Schools students, visit www.supportsps.org or call 417-523.0144.
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