Serving the New Haven Unified School District since 1981.
The New Haven Schools Foundation was established in 1981 to provide an alternative source of funding for co-curricular programs in the New Haven Unified School District. In its early years, the Foundation provided much of the initial funding for a cutting-edge technology program that made New Haven a model for California school districts.
In its first year, the Foundation launched a scholarship program that continues today. Seed money from the Foundation helped start James Logan High School’s nationally recognized forensics program and the school’s championship marching band, and the Foundation also contributed to Logan’s top-ranked athletic teams.
To mark the year 2000, the Foundation embarked on a “Millennium Fund” drive to raise $1 million to provide for future needs. An endowment fund of $249,000 was raised, and efforts continue to reach the million dollar milestone that will secure the future of key programs. Interest and dividends from the endowment contribute to funding for our current programs.
The Foundation also administers the Brian Kelly Memorial Tutoring Program and the Virginia Swihart Memorial Fund. The Brian Kelly Memorial Tutoring Program provides for tutoring by high school students, first for their peers and later for younger children through the District’s pre-school and after-school care program. The Virginia Swihart Memorial Fund raises money to help support beginning teachers.
The awarding of scholarships to graduating seniors has continued for 32 years. Today, the Foundation awards over $70,000 in scholarships annually through its “Pathways to Success ” scholarship program. In 2014, a record was set after distributing $83,050 in scholarships. Many of the scholarships are memorials, funded through endowments or contributions by family members and friends of former students, teachers and administrators. Others are funded by employee groups, local businesses, service clubs, and individuals.
In October 2007, the Foundation became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and separated from the stewardship of the New Haven Unified School District. The new tax-exempt organization renewed its dedication to serving the needs of students and teachers in the New Haven Unified School District, and adopted strategic plans to set a course for the future.
During the 2007-2008 academic year, the Foundation began supporting classroom instruction through its “Innovations in Education” teacher grant program. The Foundation puts money directly into specific school programs to pay for special activities that enhance the learning experience.
In 2009-2010, the Foundation launched “Project: Enrichment,” a grant program which was designed to support teachers, coaches, advisors and others who help provide co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for New Haven students.
Joining hands with the New Haven Boosters Association, the Foundation helped to keep these programs alive when severe State budget cuts meant that these activities could not continue without help from the community. Together, we contributed $100,000 in the 2011-12 school year, and another $100,000 in 2012-13. This support impacted the after-school sports programs for all student participants in grades six to 12.
You can be part of the future of the New Haven Schools Foundation. Contact us for more information about how you can get involved in helping our students and schools.