Each school year brings greater challenges, requiring more innovative approaches toward how we help our students in school and in life. The Foundation is passionate in our pursuit for all children to grow up with the fundamental encouragement to become anything they want to be. For over 30 years, with your financial support, we continue to remove barriers so our students come to school healthy, happy and ready to learn.
We create opportunities to cultivate and inspire student success.
All students are prepared, confident and excited to learn.
Getting kids to school healthy, happy and ready to learn!
The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is an independent, 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation established in 1988 to support Vancouver Public Schools (VPS).
The Foundation was the vision of Dr. Jim Parsley, the Superintendent of VPS from 1980 to 2002. Dr. Parsley saw what students came to school “without.” To help meet those needs, he established the Vancouver School District Foundation, the first K-12 educational foundation in the region. What began literally as a “shoebox operation” (yes funds were literally kept in a shoe box), continues to grow in size and success because of Dr. Parsley’s vision.
Today, we are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and education leaders. As an educational non-profit entity, we are able to offer financial assistance and programs for students that cannot be funded by the school district. Unlike parent groups such as PTAs and booster clubs which raise money for individual school projects, the Foundation serves all 37 district schools including those in our high-needs communities.
The Foundation is generously supported by donations from school employees, parents, students, community members and business.