The Frisco Education Foundation (FEF) is getting top marks for its work to support Frisco ISD students and teachers.
The Foundation ranked 23rd in the country in an annual study of the impact of K-12 education foundations. It was named first in its division of foundations with $500,000 to $999,999 in annual revenues.
FEF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization working in partnership with Frisco Independent School District and the Frisco area community to enhance the educational opportunities of students.
“Receiving an FEF grant has allowed me to provide programs to our students that I wouldn’t have been able to do without additional funds,” said Hunt Middle School Librarian Crissy Casey.
Casey is a three-time winner of funding through the Foundation’s Grants for Great Ideas! program, which has awarded more than $778,000 to FISD educators since 1999.
“With my FEF grants, I’ve been able to build a makerspace in my library allowing students to be creators, inventors and problem solvers. I’ve also created a monthly after-school STEAM club which integrates science, technology, engineering, art and math through engaging, hands-on activities,” Casey said. “The work of FEF is so important because it extends learning beyond the classroom to provide enrichment opportunities for all students.”
The Frisco Education Foundation also awards college scholarships to graduating Frisco ISD high school seniors and hosts a summer STEAM camp for middle school students. To date, FEF has handed out approximately $5.8 million to nearly 5,200 graduates.
“Frisco ISD did an amazing job in preparing me to pursue higher education, and the Frisco Education Foundation awarded me a scholarship that allowed and motivated me to attend a great university and do the best that I can,” said Keirth Sivarajah, a 2016 graduate of Heritage High School now studying computer engineering at Texas A&M University. “It is a great organization that encourages us students to strive for greatness in high school and supports us financially to achieve our dreams in universities. Thanks to FEF for all they have done for me.”
This is the third consecutive year FEF has been ranked in the top 50 education foundations nationwide, and the second year to be recognized in the top 25.
“The Frisco Education Foundation exists solely to maximize student potential in FISD,” said Foundation Director Allison Miller. “The more revenue we raise, the more revenue we give out through our scholarship, grant and educational programs for FISD students and staff.”
The study, conducted by the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank The Caruthers Institute, examined eight key performance categories: annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student and human capital (volunteers).
“Frisco ISD is grateful to the donors and volunteers of the Frisco Education Foundation,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Waldrip. “The Foundation provides an opportunity for businesses, organizations and individuals to give back to the school district. They are truly making a difference for our kids.”
Donations to FEF are tax-deductible. To learn more, visit www.friscoeducationfoundation.org.