The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation is the tax-exempt organization that accepts gifts on behalf of the 9,000 students that attend Grand Island Public Schools.

Since our beginning in 1983, we have made it our mission and goal to enhance a tax-funded education by creating additional opportunities for students through philanthropic means. Our generous donors have given us the capacity to invest approximately $750,000 annually into programs benefiting students of the Grand Island Public Schools.

Programs and projects that fall under our enhancement umbrella include booster clubs, college scholarships for Grand Island Senior High graduates, the renovation of the W.J. Arrasmith Planetarium, the development of district vocational and recreational facilities, teacher and student recognition, alumni relations, the Grand Island Senior High Hall of Honor, the Classroom Mini-Grant Program, and the Student Kindness Fund.

Additionally, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation manages more than 70 endowed funds gifted by individuals for the perpetual benefit of students. Each year nearly $400,000 in college scholarships are awarded to Grand Island Senior High School graduates through the Foundation. The Foundation and its programs for students is one of the reasons that Grand Island was awarded the distinction as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People from the America’s Promise Alliance in 2008.

Just like the diversity of our students, we celebrate the diversity of gifts given by donors who want to create opportunities for students. Our donors include alumni, parents, student groups, community members, businesses, corporations, private foundations, retired teachers, and current Grand Island Public Schools staff members who have embraced the Foundation in a significant way (more than 1,200 staff members gave to the most recent annual campaign). From endowed scholarship funds to pianos, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation makes investing in kids uncomplicated and gratifying. We invest in success!