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Interested in serving as a Foundation Director?

The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence is looking for a few good men and women who would like to help make a difference for all students in District 205. What better way to give back to the community in which you are raising your children than to work with like-minded individuals to raise funds for innovative and supportive programs?

Board members serve a three-year term with renewal options and work with other dedicated volunteers in supporting educational programs, including the annual Thiems Grants and the Study Skills Program in place at all K-8 schools.

Consider joining the Foundation Board! Click here for an application or call 630-617-2328 for more information.



Harlem Wizards Success

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THANK YOU for a successful FUNdraiser!

Over $15,000 raised for the D205 Schools.


Special Thanks To Our:

  D205 Home Team of Teachers, Staff and Sponsors!

Sponsors: British Swim School, DeVries Animal Hospital, MOD Pizza, Clarion Inn, Ignite Fitness, Papa Johns, BrewPoint

Raffle Donors: Enzee, Patriot Sports, Elmhurst Photo Boutique

Thank you to all the sponsors, donors and guests that helped make the gala a huge success!

Over $23,000 raised to specifically fund literacy in our district

Over $55,000 raised to support  additional Foundation Programs


Congratulations to the Winner's Choice Raffle Winners:

Tom & Mary Gnadt



Thanks to major sponsor

BMO Harris Bank

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Click here for York High School partnership programs - York Distinguished Alumni & York Student Enrichment Team


Foundation Gala March 11, 2017





A Very Special Thank You To Our

 Valedictorian Sponsor

Jim & Jan Dondlinger


2016/17 Thiems Grants Announced

Congratulations to the 2016 Thiems Grant Winners!

Twenty-nine grants worth $54,990 awarded

Every elementary, middle and high school impacted.

"It was great having the Foundation here to present the grants. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive community and we are very appreciative of these grants to support our students.Thank you!" 

Leslie Weber

Principal, Jefferson Elementary 

Click to learn more 


2015-2016: over $108,000 in educational enhancements funded

 2016-2017: close to $128,000 committed in funding

All D205 K-12 Schools Benefit!

  • $44,700 for  Middle School and High School Chromebooks
  • Continued Study Skills funding and expansion for K-8
  • 29 educational grants totaling  $54,990 for 2016/2017
  • $50,000 pledged To support Future Ready Classrooms and our Model Classroom Project

visit Thiems Grant page for photos and list of grants

Signifcant Support for D205 Over 25 Years

The Foundation Board, through the generous contributions from our community, has provided District 205 schools over $2 million in support. Funding for Academic Programs at over $1.7M and funding for Partnership Programs at over $900,000 represent major investments into our schools.




The Foundation has been able to significantly increase support over the past 25 years.  

Since 1996/1997, District 205 receives well over $100,000 of support every 2 year period.


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Lisa Fanelli, 2015 NSFA Host Committee Member, with Gov Rauner, center, and Committee

NFSA Welcome Committee

Executive Director, Lisa Fanelli, poses with Governor Rauner and fellow Host Committee Members for the 2015  National School Foundation Association Conference held in Chicago. Individuals from thirty-two states and Canada attended the  conference. "It was an honor to serve as a team member on the Welcome Committee, and the conference was so informative and rewarding", said Lisa, "There is important work being done by K-12 educational foundations on a national level, and the ability to learn from and collaborate with experts in education, individuals that value this work and those dedicated to it was a great opportunity." 

Future Ready Learning Spaces

Help Us Reach Our $50,000 Goal to Pilot Three New Classrooms

Click here to learn more about The Model Classroom Project

Click here to see a video of student reactions to their new room

2017 Thiems Grant Application

Thiems Grant Applications were due February 8, 2017.

Grant Awards announced in the spring.

Click here for information & to view application

Thank you for supporting recent fundraisers at local Elmhurst businesses



2016 Holiday Fundraiser

Thank you to all who ordered a 2016 Holiday Tree

This year's fundraiser was our largest yet, with over 1050 trees sold

and close to $8,000 raised for educational enhancements.


Foundation Focus Newsletter

Click Here 2016 Newsletter


Ken Paulson - YDAP Recipient - Visits York






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Alumni Association Kick Off Donation

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Lisa Fanelli, Foundation Executive Director, and Jay Webb,interim President of the Alumni Association, accept the first "kick-off" donation from Jim Driscoll, Class of 76 and Alumni Association Planning Committee Member. Click here to donate.

Alumni News

The newly formed York Community High School Alumni Association (YCHSAA) was created as a vehicle to foster communication and camaraderie among its alumni and to serve and support them, the  school and it’s students. Membership is  free, therefore, donations will be used to cover start-up costs, marketing and events.

Visit    to  join, update your information and learn more.

 Dukes of Distinction

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The York Distinguished Alumni Program 

 Meet current and former Honorees Click Here 

Nomination process for next year's distinguished alumni will re -open in 2017

This program is supported by the District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence,
and was created in conjunction with York HS & the District  Communications & Alumni Relations  Dept.

to make a donation that supports this valuable program Click Here