The Yakima Schools Foundation, founded in 1991, is a grass roots community-based organization working to expand and enhance learning opportunities for students throughout the Yakima School District. As a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the foundation exists exclusively by the support of private and corporate donations, payroll deductions, grants and other non-governmental funds.
The mission of the Yakima Schools Foundation is to enhance educational programs offered within the Yakima School District No. 7 by raising money to fund immediate needs that support current classrooms and programs, and by establishing and maintaining perpetual funding sources, as well as increasing community involvement in the Yakima Public Schools.
The foundation is a completely separate non-profit organization that supports the mission, goals and needs of the Yakima School District. While not a part of the Yakima School District, the Yakima Schools Foundation has the flexibility to seek, accept, invest and channel funds without the restrictions imposed on public school districts.
Celebrate Our Youth
Thursday, March 23
Yakima Convention Center
$400 per table of 10
Celebrate Our Youth is our annual breakfast that celebrates the achievements of our students and the dedication of our public school teachers and educators. This year’s theme is “Strong Roots Create A Strong Foundation.” We’re excited to welcome back to Yakima, former KIMA education reporter, Matt Finn, as our 2017 keynote speaker to talk about the impact of one great teacher in a child’s life and the difference his teachers had on his life and career. KIMA Weatherman, Mike McCabe, will entertain the crowd as Master of Ceremonies. We’ll feature drama, dance, cheer and integrated artwork, prepared by elementary students throughout the Yakima School District. Attend this inspiring breakfast and start your day feeling great about our valley and the future we’re investing in together through our students today.
The Yakima Schools Foundation event directly supports enhanced educational activities in the Yakima School District. Though an event may last a short time, the impact is felt throughout the entire school year. In addition to endowments and major gifts, many of our grants are supplemented by payroll deduction or fundraising at our events. Thank you for supporting these opportunities to make a difference in local education and our community.
Wednesday, September 20
Spring Creek Homestead
3212 S Tacoma St, Union Gap
New fall event this year!
Join us after work at the beautiful Spring Creek Homestead, for a wonderful array of sausages, German-fare and local craft beverages. This weeknight outing is an opportunity to relax, socialize and make a contribution to support education. Enjoy a beer-garden style evening with friends, indulge in gourmet Oktoberfest cuisine, and arrive home while it’s still light out. Your participation at a Yakima Schools Foundation event directly supports enhanced educational opportunities in the Yakima School District.
Yakima School District employees may apply for grant funding throughout the school year. Applications are submitted to the Yakima Schools Foundation office for consideration. Review of requests and award of funds occurs throughout the school year.
Yakima School District employees may apply for grant funding throughout the school year. All applications are now accepted through the YSD Central website, using your district username and password.
> How to apply for a Yakima Schools Foundation grant.
Online YSF Grant Application Instructions
1. From the YSD Central website, click on the YSF Grant Application link on the left side of the page.
2. Log in to the YSF Grants web app using your district account – this is the same username and password you use to log in to your staff workstation.
3. Click the Apply link on the top black navigation bar.
4. Fill out each section of the application and click the Submit button once completed.
5. Once submitted, you can track the progress of your application from the Application History page. (You will receive an email when a final decision has been reached.)
Questions? Call our office at (509) 457-0898
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Every gift makes a tremendous difference here at the Yakima Schools Foundation. In fact, it’s the monthly payroll deductions from district employees that supplement the larger endowments in nearly every grant we are able to award our local classrooms. For anyone who thinks a $5 or $10 monthly investment can’t make a difference, let us show you how it can!
Whether you are able to make a one-time gift or a recurring donation, the monies you share are appreciated, stewarded and allocated intentionally and carefully. We rely on the generosity of those who value education, and who equally value the contribution of our educators, to support the educational infrastructure of our community. Thank you for caring.
Donations to fund the Yakima Schools Foundation can be made via check, cash, or credit card. Checks can be sent to the Yakima Schools Foundation, PO Box 1173, Yakima, WA 98907.
Press the DONATE button above to contribute using a credit card today.
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