The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching education and opportunities for students in the Elkhorn Public Schools District.
With your support in the 2016 – 2017 school year, the Foundation invested over $569,000 in programs to help students, teachers and schools!
Mission & Vision Statement
The Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation promotes student achievement and the unity of our community and its public schools by encouraging, supporting, and recognizing excellence in innovative education, quality school programs, and civic involvement.
Our mission can be summed up in three words: Encouragement, Involvement, and Achievement.
History of the Foundation
In early 1981, the Elkhorn Public Schools district was faced with a two-pronged financial dilemma–one of the highest property tax levies in the state and dwindling state aid. In addition, the Douglas County economy was reeling from low farm prices, high interest rates and little new industry. There was always more that could be done than there was money to support the schools.
The Foundation was incorporated and granted a charitable institution status 501(c)(3) by the IRS. The initial Board of Directors included Robert (Scoop) McArdle, Susan Gregory, James Moore, John Housely, Larry Miller, Susan Hardisty and Carl White.
The first 10 years of the foundation saw assets grow from $500 to $6,300. During this time, The Christine Headley Memorial scholarship was initiated, the William Dollen Memorial Flag Ceremony was orchestrated and benches and plantings were donated to EHS for landscape improvements.
Growth has been evident in all aspects of the Foundation. In 1997, the Foundation assumed the operation of the Before and After School Care program. At that time, 85 children were served. Today, over 1,100 children receive quality care at each of our 10 elementary schools. Events have been formed to help spread more awareness of the Foundation and direct donations to specific Foundation programs. The Hall of Fame Reception was first hosted in 1995, the Golf Fore Grants outing was created in 2000, and Bids 4 Kids in 2013. In the 2016 – 2017 school year, the Foundation invested over $569,000 in programs that helped impact over 8,500 students and teachers in the Elkhorn Public School District. In 2017 alone, the Foundation awarded $263,000 in scholarships and $166,000 in classroom grants, and provided over $79,000 for Reading and Math Intervention before and after school at the elementary schools. Some of the other programs provided by the Foundation include Author Visits, Kids In Need, Outdoor Ed, and Teacher Tuition Reimbursement.
As much as the Foundation has grown, more work must be done to keep pace with the growing school district enrollment. Our commitment to quality education and the children of the Elkhorn School District will ensure our continued efforts to grow the Foundation. Please join us in meeting our children’s educational needs!