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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation?

The Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation is a not for profit organization whose mission is to supplement, support, and enrich the student experience to prepare students for a successful future.

When was the Educational Foundation started?

The Foundation was formed during the 2002-2003 school year to support the community's responsibility to deliver exemplary educational opportunities for all children in the District. The Foundation was the first of its kind for an urban district in Central New York.

Why Do We Need A Foundation?
  • To enhance learning opportunities for students
  • To encourage innovative educational programs
  • To recognize student, teacher, and staff achievements
  • To foster greater parent involvement
  • To engage new partners and deepen community support for schools.
  • To augment traditional public funding.
  • To fund programs not normally included in the school or municipal budgets.
  • To provide tax-deductible opportunities to support City of Syracuse children and educational programs for all residents.
  • Promote public/private partnerships and enable Syracuse City Schools to benefit from corporate grants and matching gifts.
Where does the Foundation get its funds?

The SCSD Educational Foundation seeks donations from individuals, businesses, private and public grant sources, and through fundraising activities such as our Annual Recognition Breakfast and Annual Golf Tournament.

What is the Foundation's relationship with the Board of Education?

The Foundation is a non-political entity independent of both the Board of Education and the schools. The Foundation may supplement current school board priorities but it is not a substitute for them, nor is the Foundation simply a routine alternative funding source for the schools. The SCSD Educational Foundation seeks to seed promising pilot projects and encourage innovation in teaching and learning. The Foundation will not fund items and programs considered to be a normal part of the annual school budget.

Is the idea for an Educational Foundation unique?

No. Since 1978, over 3,000 communities across the nation have established education foundations with similar missions. There are more than 50 education foundations operating in New York State.

How does someone become a supporter?

Individuals, businesses, community groups, and civic organizations are invited to become supporters with a tax-deductible contribution. Sponsorship of events and contributions toward annually scheduled programs are available. Contributors to the United Way can also designate the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation as the beneficiary of their donation (non-school district employees must write in the name of the Foundation on their donation form). Volunteers and pro-bono services are welcome.
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