Lawrence Schools Foundation

Everybody Benefits from Great Public Schools

Lawrence Schools Foundation is 35!

While our year might not have been anything we expected, we’re always willing to rise to the challenge to ensure students, teachers, and staff are supported. And we need your help!

We’ve launched our Community Campaign, just one way we’re able to continue providing scholarships, educator awards, and daily needs to keep students learning. Any amount helps!

Make your donation online today!

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Ways to support

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Fund a Need

Our community’s gifts – your gifts – to the Foundation enable us to support student achievement and success.  We have been fortunate to work with some incredible people who found a passion for our students, our educators and our classrooms- throughout their personal experiences, and as a member of the 2018 Leadership Lawrence class. They came to us at the Foundation with a goal to help fill in the gaps and ensure every students and family has the opportunity to achieve, succeed and graduate future ready, eliminating any barrier of need. With their generosity, we established a new privately-funded program, I.C.A.N. The “CAN” in I.C.A.N. stands for Classroom Angel Network,

The goal is to provide school social workers, counselors and school psychologists within the Lawrence Public Schools funds necessary to meet the immediate and emergency needs of students. Children without running water. Children without a mattress to sleep on. Children without shoes to wear. Children who need socks, underwear, and health and hygiene products, so they can come to school clean, confident, and ready to learn.

Will You Be A Classroom Angel?

Memorial Gifts

Donations may be made to the Lawrence Schools Foundation in memory of a loved one. These gifts can be made to support the general fund of the foundation or designated for a special purpose, program or fund. Please contact the foundation office, 785-330-1941, to discuss memorial gift options.

 Donations may be made “In memory of [name of decedent]” for a purpose to be designated by [name of spouse/name of family]. Please make checks payable to: The Lawrence Schools Foundation, Inc. and forward to the following address: 110 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Planned Giving

The joy of philanthropy can be yours, no matter how wealthy, healthy or old you are.  You just have to be passionate about education and see the far-reaching impact your planned gift can have.  Your gift of any size will help ensure your good works outlive you and enrich the education of young lives in our public schools.  You may be a teacher who has nurtured those young minds or a physician who has cared for them.  Perhaps you are a business owner who has strengthened our economy, a parent, a volunteer or a musician.  You have benefited from this great community and now you can give back.  Please take the time to plan your estate — you may be surprised to learn how many ways you can give and benefit financially today.

  • Bequests through Wills
  • Memorial & Endowments
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Appreciated Stock
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Retirement Accounts & Pension Plans

We recommend you talk to your attorney and/or financial advisor for additional details on how to get started!

Lawrence Schools Foundation Federal Tax ID#: 48-1016950

Endowment

An endowment is one of the most powerful ways you can support Lawrence Public Schools.

Annual income generated by an endowment provides a continuous, reliable resource stream for the future. Endowed funds guarantee that The Lawrence Schools Foundation will be able to provide core support for its mission, particularly as federal and state support for higher education falls.

Matching Gifts

The company an individual works for may have a matching gift program where the company will match a portion of an employee’s donation to a not-for-profit organization. Please check with your employer to see if a matching gift program is available. The foundation will gratefully help you complete any necessary paperwork from your company that may be required.

Community Campaign

As we gear up for our Lawrence Schools Foundation Annual Campaign, you may want to consider this question when making your contribution.

“What’s Your Why?”…

Last year, your donations, in-kind gifts, and volunteer service through the Lawrence Schools Foundation and Lawrence Education Achievement Partners or LEAP enabled us to provide more than $1.5 Million in direct support for academics, technology, athletics, the arts, and other student, staff, and school needs.

Scholarship/Donar-Inspired Funds

Did you know that there are over 60 scholarship funds and 30 designated funds already established to which a donor may contribute? However, a donor may also choose to establish a new fund. Please contact the foundation for guidelines on how to establish a new fund or to receive information about current funds available.

Staff Contributions

Each fall the Foundation challenges district staff and teachers to help pay-it-forward by contributing to the Foundation through the district campaign. Each year, nearly 100 percent of the money collected by staff through the campaign goes directly back to our schools to support our students, educators and classrooms. The Lawrence Schools Foundation believes in our schools and takes pride in supporting all you do to make Lawrence public schools a great district.

 

District employees have the option to participate in payroll deduction or make contributions online or at our office at:

Lawrence Schools Foundation
110 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, KS 66044

To learn more contact us at 785-330-1941 or djohnsto@usd497.org

Foundation Board Members

Special Funds

Grants & Awards

Scholarships

Get In Touch

Location: 110 McDonald Drive Lawrence KS 66044

Telephone: (785) 330-1941

Email: djohnsto@usd497.org