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About the CPS Foundation


The purpose of the School District of Columbus Foundation, Inc. is to solicit, manage, and distribute supplemental funds for educational purposes in program areas that may not be funded by the District. Funding is supplemental and does not replace or alter use of tax-based revenue.


The mission of the Columbus Public Schools Foundation is to inspire learning, enrich teaching, and create opportunities for students and staff through community support.

The Organization

Established in 1985, the CPS Foundation is a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation. The role of the Foundation is to provide the students of Columbus Public Schools with as many educational opportunities as possible by filling gaps created in the regular school district budget from funding shortfalls or regulatory constraints.

The Foundation is not a governmental body that receives tax funds, but exists on the contributions of generous individuals. Because the Foundation has a 501(c)(3) tax status with the US IRS, the organization can accept gifts from alumni, businesses, staff, and others without tax consequences for the donors, e.g., Federal Income Tax, State Income Tax, Estate Tax, Gift Tax.

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. These individuals from the community donate their time and energy for the benefit of current and future Discoverers. An Executive Director was hired in December 2010 to provide administrative services for the organization.


The School District of Columbus Foundation, Inc. helps optimize the future of all Discoverers by creating a permanent fund whose interest will be used to honor the past and invest in the future of the school system through the following:

  • Innovation and enrichment grants for students, teachers, and staff
  • Funding for after school programs
  • Funding to provide alternative educational opportunities including online learning for students
  • Dual credit classes
  • Scholarships for current and graduating students
  • Teacher, staff, and student recognition