Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation
The supporters of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) are committed to enriching the community by encouraging educational initiatives and facilitating excellence in education in the public schools of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Since 1990, CUSF has accepted applications each year from educators in the Champaign and Urbana public schools, and made grant awards based on these proposals. CUSF funds a broad spectrum of projects to help children of all ages and all levels of accomplishment, with continuing benefits long after the initial investment.
The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation designed to enhance the quality of education in Champaign-Urbana through community support of the public schools. The Foundation’s goal, in working with two school systems cooperatively, is to make a difference in our schools by providing valuable new opportunities for our students and teachers. By providing the “venture capital” for sound and innovative ideas on important educational issues, the Foundation aims to strengthen the ability of our schools to prepare our students for the rest of their lives. As of FY13, CUSF will have funded through grants, outright targeted gifts, scholarships and endowed funds, over $1,300,000.00 of locally-raised dollars to our schools which has served thousands of children as a result.
And, as of our 25th Anniversary in 2013, CUSF has announced it’s strategic refocusing to support Student Achievement. All aspects of our activities will be supporting student achievement through the arts, STEM and health and wellness. Teacher grants, special programs, passthroughs and district support will enhance the strategic goals of CUSF.
The organizational mission, as supported by the CUSF Board of Directors as part of its 2012 Strategic Plan, is to build a stronger community by developing and supporting innovative programs to make all CU public school students college/career ready.