Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation
120 East Walnut Street, Room 114
The IPS Education Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 1984. The purpose of the foundation is to provide supplemental funds for IPS academic programs and staff development. These funds are made possible by contributions from IPS employees, community organizations, local businesses and individual IPS supporters.Mission Statement
To enable IPS students to achieve their fullest potential by changing and enhancing the community environment.What We Do
Annually, IPSEF administers grants for reading-related projects. These programs, developed by teachers and staff at IPS elementary, middle and high schools, provide various reading support materials. Past grants have provided backpacks of reading resources that students take home each night and share with their families.
Other programs have been created to supplement the current IPS reading curriculum by providing additional vocabulary and phonics materials. Students are also encouraged to participate in hands-on learning experiences that contribute to reading lesson plans.
Twice a year the foundation awards grants to IPS teachers and staff. In recent years, these grants have included:
- Sustained Reading Programs
- Take Home Libraries
- Reading Retrievers
- Science as a Literacy Tool
- And Many More!
2006-2007 Total Enrollment: 36,957
|Number of Employees|
|2003-04 SAT Scores|
|Enrolled in Gifted Education||2%|
|Enrolled in Special Education||17%|
|Limited English Proficiency||9%|
|Receiving Free Lunch||72%|
|Receiving Reduced-Cost Lunch||10%|
Average Annual Earnings
- $ 18,900 for high school dropouts
- $ 25,900 for high school graduates
- $ 45,400 for college graduates
- $ 99,300 for workers with professional degrees
At each increasing level of literacy, more adults were employed full time. Median weekly earnings also increased with each level of literacy.
National Center for Education Statistics
2005 Fundraising Events
Food For Thought
Reading Recognition Reception
Take Home Library Event
Pat in the Hat Event
Downtown Condo Tour
Hurricane Katrina Relief
Food For Thought
Food For Thought was held on November 1, 2005. This annual luncheon fundraising event was held at the Stutz Center with food from the following local restaurants: Hubbard and Cravens, City Café, Dick's Bodacious BBQ, The Great Divide, King Ribs, The Loading Dock, Santorini Greek Kitchen, Side Street Deli, Illinois Street Food Emporium, Judge's Bar BBQ, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Yats.
Celebrity waiters who had fun serving our crowd included: Superintendent Dr. White, Actor Anthony Montgomery, Robert Mathis, the Colt's Steve Campbell, Father Boniface Harden, Wayne Schmidt, Deb Kunce, Mike Rodman, Mark Long (Elvis), Andrew Reed, Joe Wynns, and School Board Members: Steve Young, Michael Brown, Clarke Campbell, Mary Busch, Kelley Bentley, and Barbara Knight. The afternoon event also included a silent auction and Double Dare Donations!
The Reading Recognition Reception is an annual event held by the Foundation to recognize outstanding readers in IPS schools. The traditional dinner event was replaced by a reception, and honored top readers from each elementary school in IPS.
This event was held at Barnes and Noble in Carmel and Clearwater crossing on July 15. IPSEF, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Emmis Communications, and Bank One teamed up to encourage Indianapolis residents to donate children's books at participating Barnes and Noble and Bank One locations, and to raise money to buy books through the nonprofit First Book program.
This dinner event recognized the service of Dr. Duncan N.P. Pritchett Jr., Superintendent of IPS from1997-2005. Patrons had fun "roasting" the former Superintendent and donated funds on behalf of Dr. Pritchett for the "For the Kids" Scholarship fund, which gives $1,000 to each of the seven IPS high schools for marching band instruments.
Indianapolis Monthly magazine partnered with IPSEF for the Downtown Condo Tour. Buses lead patrons on a tour of the hottest downtown condos. This event brought $40,000 to the Foundation to support the Parents As First Teachers program.
IPSEF set up the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund to help with disaster relief. Twenty-nine elementary and high schools along with many more in the IPS family donated $8,738.10 to IPSEF. IPSEF then donated those monies to the Red Cross to help lessen the blow to hurricane victims.