MAKING AN IMPACT…Nurturing Bright Futures: Crucial Support for Students’ Basic Needs

It is often said that education is the great equalizer, empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds to unlock their full potential, bridge societal gaps, and pursue opportunities for a brighter and more equitable future. However, this ideal can be difficult to reach for many students in our community who are grappling with basic needs insecurity. When […]


Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools awarded $6,000 grant from Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation. Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation recently awarded the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) a $6,000 grant which will be used to remove poverty-related barriers to learning and increase student and family engagement and resiliency. Umpqua awarded Community Grants to 132 nonprofits in Oregon, […]

$90,000 in Engagement Grants Awarded in 2022-23 School Year

Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools Funds $90,000 in School Engagement Grants. $120,000 in available grants announced for 2023-24. Each school year the Foundation for VPS provides grants to educators for projects that spark students’ interests, connect them to their passion, and help them envision and plan for their future success in college, career and life. […]

ENGAGING STUDENTS…Students Create Content for Heritage Months

Students Create Social Media Content for Heritage Months In recognition of the rich diversity within Vancouver Public Schools, students were given an opportunity to take over the Foundation’s social media communications for several national heritage months during the 2022-23 school year. This new engagement opportunity was designed to give students a chance to share their […]


Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools awarded $50,000 Firstenburg Foundation grant. In the spring of 2023 The Firstenburg Foundation recently awarded the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools a $50,000 grant which will be used to provide basic needs support along with educational engagement and enrichment opportunities for all students. Approximately 22,000 students attend 40 schools and […]

MAKING AN IMPACT…Investing in Student Mental Health and Well-Being

An important part of the mission of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is to address the many challenges students face in the process of learning. A student’s overall health and well-being are critical to their performance in school. When it comes to mental health, students whose emotional needs are met are more likely to […]

ENGAGING STUDENTS…Mariposa Mural at Lake Shore Elementary

Students and staff of Lake Shore Elementary gathered in their school’s courtyard to celebrate the completion of the Mariposa Mural. All K-5 students worked with local mural artist Christian Barrios to create a legacy art piece for the school that focuses on diversity and belonging. A Foundation for VPS Engagement Grant helped fund the year-long […]

DONORS MAKING A DIFFERENCE…Cowlitz Tribal Foundation

The Cowlitz Tribal Foundation recently awarded the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools a $125,000 grant which will be used to provide direct support for students and families living in poverty as well as program support for early learning, mentoring, social and emotional health supports, enrichment and engagement activities. The grant came from the Cowlitz Tribal […]

RECENT NEWS…Bright Futures Luncheon Raises $230,000

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) held its 20th annual Bright Futures Luncheon on May 4, 2023. Over 500 supporters gathered to help celebrate a bright future for Vancouver youth, raising $230,000 in support of the 22,000 students in 37 VPS schools and programs across the district. Thanks to event sponsors, all money raised […]


Two evenings a week, families enter the gym at Roosevelt Elementary looking for education and personal connections. Upon arrival they’re often greeted by Hilda Lail, Family Advocate with Vancouver Public Schools’ Family-Community Resource Centers (FCRCs). Lail oversees The Plaza, a high-impact program designed for families from different cultural backgrounds to help improve skills such as […]