what is the mission of the elkhorn area school district education foundation?
The Elkhorn Area School District Education Foundation (EASDEF) is a nonprofit, independent organization that connects the community and Elkhorn Area School District schools to inspire and enhance the educational experience of our students. Through charitable donations gifted by community members and businesses, the EASDEF is able to provide schools with their greatest needs, support educator creativity, and grow endowment funds to enable future giving.
who supports the elkhorn area school district education foundation and how?
Community members, including parents, grandparents, businesses, alumni, and educators give their financial resources to support the Foundation through annual gifts, tribute gifts, one-time contributions, and estate plans.
what is easdef's relationship with the elkhorn area school district?
We are an independent charitable organization working on behalf of the Elkhorn Area School District. Only two of the voting members of the EASDEF board are current Elkhorn Area School District employees. The Board of Directors is comprised of seven members.
who will benefit from easdef grants?
Our goal is that each and every one of our 3,500+ student body will benefit from programs and projects funded by EASDEF grants.
who can apply for a foundation grant?
Any Elkhorn Area School District employee is eligible to apply for a grant.
who decides which projects to fund?
The EASDEF board will review and vote on each grant application submitted.
what accountability is there for foundation funds?
The Foundation is recognized under state and federal law as a 501(c)3 charitable, tax-exempt organization. The Board of Directors carefully oversees donations and grants to be the best possible stewards of Foundation resources.
how are the foundation's directors chosen?
The Foundation Board of Directors consists of seven members, comprised of District Administrator of the Elkhorn Area School District, and the Community Engagement Coordinator of the Elkhorn Area School District, as well as an additional five community members who serve three-year terms. No director serves more than two consecutive terms, save for the District Administrator and Community Engagement Coordinator who serve continuously as directors, so long as they remain at Elkhorn Area School District.
Are any salaries paid out of funds donated to the foundation?
No. The Foundation Board of Directors volunteer their time.
Does the Foundation compete with the pta, booster club, and other groups for community financial support?
No. PTAs and booster clubs are wonderful organizations supporting specific or limited projects. The Foundation seeks support from those interested in the broader application of public education, in order to benefit students across the Elkhorn Area School District.
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