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.
Foundation seeking nominations for outstanding reading teachers in Springfield Public Schools
January 30, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Do you know an outstanding reading teacher in Springfield Public Schools (SPS) who deserves recognition? Here’s the perfect opportunity to nominate them for the top, annual award for certified, SPS reading teachers.
The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools is currently taking nominations for the 2017 Turner Reading Awards, which annually recognizes five outstanding reading teachers in Springfield Public Schools.
This will mark the 16th year for the Turner Reading Awards, established and supported by the Turner family of Springfield. The awards include a cash prize for all five winning teachers and their schools. Teachers are rewarded who show excellence in teaching reading and literature in the classroom, and instill in students a love of learning to read. Full nomination criteria is listed on the nomination form, click here for nomination form
Nominations will be accepted from anyone in the community. Completed nomination forms should be submitted by email to Pamela Anderson, Director of Development for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools, email@example.com The nomination deadline is February 17, 2017. The Turner Reading Awards are managed and administered by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call 417.523.0144.
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