Foundation for Springfield Public Schools
Bridging the Gap Between Funding and Learning
Welcome to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools, where we work to promote educational excellence for every child by raising, managing, and distributing private investment to benefit the students of Springfield Public Schools. With our community partners, we help bridge the gap between what schools need and what they can afford.
Gas up for education during Kum & Go 24-hour, Gallons for Growth fundraiser to benefit the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools
March 27, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools will team up with Kum & Go on Thursday, March 30, from midnight to midnight, for the eighth annual Gallons for Growth fundraiser. During the 24-hour fundraiser, Kum & Go will donate three cents for every gallon of gas sold in Springfield, plus $5 for every new &Reward member signed up in Springfield, to the Foundation’s annual Back to School grant program.
By simply filling up your tank at any Kum & Go in Springfield you will be supporting more than 25,000 Springfield Public Schools students. Since its first year in 2010, this event has raised more than $37,700.00 and helped support a number of classroom projects.
“The support that Kum & Go has provided for us has gone on to provide support for students and teachers across our district. Gallons for Growth allows our entire community to help support more than 25,000 students, simply by filling up their tanks and signing up as a new $Reward member on March 30. It has been a tremendous gift for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools and a great partnership,” said Executive Director, Natalie Murdock.
The Back to School program, which benefits from this event, awarded more than $246,000 last September to schools across Springfield. The funds raised on March 30, will benefit the 2017-2018 Back to School program, which is accepting applications from teachers beginning in now until mid-June. Funding for Back to School grants will be awarded in September of 2017.
“We’re happy to team up with the Foundation again this year in Springfield to underscore our commitment to this community and its schools,” said Kyle J. Krause, Kum & Go President & CEO, “through the support of our customers.”
The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools provides support to the public school system through grants and scholarships. The Foundation currently manages more than 150 funds which benefit schools and programs in a variety of ways.
To learn more about Gallons for Growth call the Foundation at 417-523-0144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
2016 Back to School Grant Final Report Form
Foundation Seeking Nominations for Outstanding Librarians in Springfield Public Schools
March 22, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Linda Luke Librarian of the Year. Last year, the award went to Pleasant View librarian Rachelle Peak. Since 1997 this award has been given to an outstanding librarian in Springfield Public Schools. This award was established by the family and friends of the late Linda Luke who served as librarian and teacher at Disney and Hickory Hills for nearly 10 years.
Each year the Foundation accepts nominations and chooses one librarian who has gone above and beyond for his or her school and students. The chosen librarian will be recognized at the Teacher Appreciation Banquet in April. The nomination deadline for this year's award is Friday, April 7. The nomination form should be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.supportsps.org/news">www.supportsps.org/news to download the nomination form today. For questions contact the Foundation office at 417-523-0144.
Foundation for Springfield Public Schools Ranks Seventh in National Study of K-12 Education Foundations
January 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.
You are invited! Join us for the 23rd Annual FSPS Teacher Appreciation Banquet!
Here are the details:
• The 23rd Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, networking at 5:30, program at 6:30.
•The event honors Springfield Public Schools (SPS) teachers, and also serves as a fundraiser for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. Attendance is normally 750 to 800. Participants include SPS teachers, administrators and Springfield-area, community leaders.
• Several awards will be given out, including the Teacher of the Year award, the Turner Reading Awards, and the Linda Luke Librarian of the Year Award.
• Event sponsorships are available and offer varying levels of recognition. Click here for sponsorship levels.
• Table sponsorships are available for $350. Tables seat 10. If your organization would like to sponsor a table for a school, and their teachers and administrators, please contact email@example.com or call 417.523.0144.
• Silent auction – another annual tradition with lots of cool items that teachers and attendees can bid on, is a fundraiser for the Foundation. If your business or organization would like to donate a basket or items for the silent auction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417.523.0144.
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