M I S S I O N

The ICCSD Foundation enhances the educational experiences of all students in the district through fundraising, collaboration, and community partnerships.

It's All About Impact

We hope this electronic version of our annual report will remind you of the deep and enduring impact of your generosity and inspire you to continue or increase your support in 2016.

V I S I O N

The ICCSD Foundation is dedicated to being the leading source of innovative fundraising to advance educational opportunities for every student, every year.

V A L U E S

  • Integrity
  • Recognition
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Trust

Susan Brennan

Susan Brennan

Executive Director
DisterhoftJeff

Jeff Disterhoft

Board President
MurleySteve

Steve Murley

District Superintendent

G O A L S

  • Maximize fundraising and grant opportunities through diverse programming in support of priorities.
  • Build and foster relationships with stakeholders.

Leaders' Message

The school district Foundation continues to grow and impact the programs and events that the area school aged children experience. More than $100,000 was donated back to our schools this academic year supporting the arts, science, technology, and more… we couldn’t do it without the generosity of this community. Take a look at how your support has made a difference in the lives of more than 13,000 students in our community. Thank you for your help!

The ICCSD Foundation continues to foster excellence in education through their innovative and targeted programming – making a positive and lasting change in the lives of not just today’s students, but for generations to come.  Their ability to proactively marry those areas of greatest opportunity within the district to generous donors throughout the region is unparalleled and a cornerstone of the community’s commitment to education.

There are so many great things going on throughout the District! Some are easy for people to see like the construction of new elementary and high schools. Others like student achievement in academics and extra-curriculars are a little harder to see. In both instances we see our community growing and thriving! One organization that has stood by and supported the District through these changes is the Iowa City Community School District Foundation. The Foundation provides opportunities that enrich and enhance our students experiences. Their support truly makes a difference in the lives of each and every student and we are so grateful for their continuing generosity.

School of the Wild

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Secondary STEM

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Visiting Author

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Staff Recognition

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Symphony Goes to School

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Programs

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School of the Wild

Impact

$45,405 of the tuition cost (or 62%) was covered by the ICCSD Foundation

1045 students

20 weeks

Sponsors

And the children said...

Visiting Author

1 intense week

2146 students

20 buildings

And the children said...

Title Sponsor

Symphony Goes to School

Who

On November 11, 2015, 1,099 ICCSD students experienced a live orchestra performance featuring Tchaikovsky in the historic City High Opstad Auditorium.

How

100% of the costs were covered by private contributions and the ICCSD Foundation.

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Sponsors

37 individuals donated $100 each and each donation was matched by West Music. In addition, Doug and Linda Paul made a donation as well as an anonymous donor.

Secondary STEM Initiatives

In 2015, 7th graders from across the District learned at the STEM Institute on the University of Iowa campus.

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Secondary schools participated in the regional TEAMS competition in March

What is STEM?

Encouraging students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – or STEM – is essential to meeting the needs of our society in the 21st century. Providing students with opportunities for hands-on learning experiences in STEM allows them to apply what they learn in the classroom to real problems. The team work, communication, creativity and innovation skills developed in this type of learning environment provides students with tools and skills that they can take with them in any career they pursue.

Sponsors

In addition to Michael and Joanne Margolin, the STEM initiatives were sponsored by:

Staff Recognition & Appreciation

Over 1,900 staff members celebrated the start of the 2015/16 academic year in August at the Back-to-School event

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Shine awards given to outstanding staff across the District

Read more about how we kick off to a great year at the Back to School Event page on our website.

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Read more about how we honor our hard-working staff at the Shine Awards page on our website.

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Read more about how we honor 25 years of service at the Sliver Salute page on our website.

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Program Support

Superintendent’s Circle members contribute $1,000 or more per calendar year with the goal of making a critical impact in the schools. View the list of Superintendent’s Circle members by clicking here and consider becoming one today!

Join the Academic Booster Club (ABC) today to receive an ABC window decal to proudly display your support for academics in our schools! Click here!

In the program’s five years of existence, more than $75,000 has been raised. Read more by clicking here.

The University of Iowa Athletics are offering sporting event tickets at a reduced price to ICCSD staff and families and will donate 10% of those ticket sales back to School of the Wild! More than 250 tickets were sold in 2015. Read more and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

2015’s Run for the Schools saw 2,353 participants raising $46,920 in donations to the Foundation and $9,200 in participation awards given directly to schools (thanks to MidWestOne Bank). Read more and watch the video by clicking here.

228 donors raised $66,941!

206 donors raised $11,627! Read more and watch the video by clicking here.

During the month of April, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union doubles the impact of their members’ donations. This year, more than $25,000 was raised from more than 100 UICCU Members. Read more by clicking here.

Education is Everybody’s Business is our annual breakfast highlighting programs possible through the generosity of our donors. Sponsors for the event this year donated over $25,000! View the sponsors by clicking here.

The Hills Bank Classroom Cash Program allows Hills Bank customers to earn money for the school district of their choice for every purchase made with a Hills Bank debit card. The Foundation has received over $315,000 through this program. Read more by clicking here.

2015 Financial Impact

Total gifts to the District from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

$1,360,909

These gifts can be categorized as follows:

Scholarships

Classroom Grants

Campaigns

Programs and Events

Thank You!

We couldn't do this without you. Please consider giving in 2016!