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K-12 School Foundation Development Program

K-12 School Foundation Development Program
School foundations provide resources for local public school district programs and projects currently not funded by district budgets. School foundations are intended to provide ongoing support for current needs and needs that have yet to be identified.

School foundations can be a bridge between a school district strategic plan and community desires.  We invite NYSSBA members to take advantage of our K-12 School Foundation Development Program.  There are more than 4,800 school foundations in 16,000 school districts in the United States. NYSSBA's K-12 School Foundation Development Program can help you become one of them.

Your NYSSBA membership entitles you to advice on establishing and fostering your education foundation, as well as reduced members to webinars and workshops related to education foundations.


  • Key steps to planning for your foundation
  • Establishing the board
  • Essential timeline
  • Goals and objectives
  • Working with the school district
  • Recruiting, retaining and motivating volunteers
  • Policies for your foundation operations
  • Strategic planning
  • Ideas for fund-raising
  • Legal and ethical considerations ...and more

Our schedule of workshops and webinars on education foundations is constantly changing.  We encourage you to visit the School Board U webpage, click on the “Online Training & Webinars” tab at the top, and the select the  "Fiscal Responsibility" tab to find upcoming courses.  In addition, there are several archived webinars on establishing a foundation, student-centered fundraising, and setting a strategic plan for your foundation.

You may also want to check the websites for these two national organizations for information on foundation development.

National School Foundation Association

For more information, about forming or growing your K-12 school foundation, contact Bob Schneider, CPA, CAE and Associate Executive Director, at or call (800) 342-3360.

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