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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.

2015 Fall Fundraiser

Thank you to all those that attended the Harlem Wizards vs. D205 ALL-STARS event.

Every elementary and middle school was represented, as well as York High School.

2015 Winter Gala


Thank you to all of our donors, guests and sponsors for celebrating our 25th Anniversary and
making The Silver Ball an enormous success!

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2015 Spring Fundraiser

Thank You For Supporting Top Pizza 2015

Over 475 guests attended this year's event!

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Please note that we apologize for the incorrect Gala information  that was listed in the Dec.-Feb. issue of the Elmhurst Front Porch. Printing deadlines prohibited us from pulling or changing it.

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March 11, 2016

6:30-10:30 pm

Drake Oak Brook


Evening will include: 

  •  Plated Dinner and Open Bar 
  •  Live and Mini Live Auctions including private event at Elmhurst Art Museum, Cubs Tickets, Copper Mountain Resort vacation,York Parking Pass, WXRT experience, Bears Tickets, Hawks Tickets, Sushi Party, ESPYs experience, Director's Case of Wine and more...
  •  Winner's Choice Raffle with the grand prize choice of a unique vacation experience
    Raffle Tickets $100 and only 100 being sold

Event Tickets are $175 each or 

Discounted Tables of 10 are $1500 (a $1750 value!)

Sponsorship opportunities available


BMO Harris Bank


Over $108,000 educational enhancements

funded for 2015-2016 academic year

All K-12 D205 Schools Benefit!


  • $58,000 for  Middle School and High School Chromebooks
  • Continued Study Skills funding and expansion at over $22,000
  • 15 educational grants totaling  $29,194

visit Thiems Grant page for photos and list of grants

 This academic year (2015-16), students in District 205 will benefit from over $108,000 in funding from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation. “Thiems Educational Grants totaling $29,194 were awarded in May when Foundation members visited classrooms and surprised teachers – and even two students – with the good news that their applications were selected for funding. Various online subscriptions, including another year of BrainPop for K-8, a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, seating options and sensory materials to help improve student engagement, a 3-D printer for high school science, and a community screening of a documentary film are just some of the grants that will benefit students and staff.

Additionally, the Foundation for Educational Excellence is supporting the District’s Mobile Leaning Implementation (MLI) with total funding of $58,000, which purchased three Google Chromebook carts, each with 32 devices, for each of the three middle schools. This 1:1 computing initiative has increased resources for students and teachers at the middle school level. York High School was given a $21,000 grant and two generous designated donor gifts totaling $9,000 from the Foundation that will assist with the roll out of the 1:1 initiative, help cover student fees and ensure that all York students have twenty-four seven access to a Chromebook. Foundation Chair Liz Eder states, “

And finally, with the help of a 2014 donation of $15,000 from the 100+ Women Who Care, the Foundation Board is continuing to fund the Study Skills Program for all K-8 schools, including an expansion of the program at three schools. Study Skills gives academic and organizational assistance to students outside the classroom and relies on reoccurring annual funding to survive.

"Last year, the organization celebrated our 25th anniversary, highlighted by a really special and successful Silver Ball. "The community was incredibly generous, and that directly translates to the amount of support we are able to provide.” - Martin Franchi-Treasurer

"Our directors are passionate about bringing diverse and relevant learning resources to our district. We understand the importance of advancing the use of technology for learning and are thrilled with the level of support we are able to provide for this exciting step!” -Liz Eder-Chair


"Words cannot express my excitement and gratitude over the Foundation's generous support of our Brain Pop subscription.
This site has become such a huge part of our everyday life here at Hawthorne
that I do not know how we could live without it." ~

Caroline Weaver-Hawthorne

Foundation Takes “Hands-on”Approach to STEM

One classroom cart of Nova 5000 devices were purchased for each middle school and are being used by teachers to deliver both  science and math curriculum. Learn More....

NSFA Host Committee with Gov Rauner, center

NFSA Welcome Committee

Executive Director, Lisa Fanelli, poses with Governor Rauner and fellow Host Committee Members for this year's National School Foundation Association Conference held in Chicago. Individuals from thirty-two states and Canada attended the  conference April 22-24. "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."  Mrs. Fanelli presented a summary of the conference  to the Board of Education at the May 13th Board of Education meeting.

2016 Thiems Grants

application due Feb 10th

Technology Review Form due January 21st

for projects that involve technology hardware, software, or media related items. 

Program Information

2016 Friend of the Foundation Award

Foundation honors Holly Kost with the 2016 Friend of the Foundation Award

The District 205 Foundation is proud to honor Holly Kost with the “Friend of the Foundation” award at the upcoming 2016 Gala. Come celebrate Holly and her dedication and service to our district at the 2016 Foundation Gala to be held at the Drake Oak Brook on Friday, March 11th.


Holly’s roots are planted in Elmhurst. She grew up here, raised her family here and absorbed all things volunteer here.  Her involvement began with tenure at Jackson Elementary School where her three children attended over the course of 10 years. Committee chair led to PTA President. She simultaneously served and worked with REACH PTA in various roles including President. A role she went on to hold for eight years.


A theme of appreciated leadership decorates her volunteer resume. No paychecks were exchanged for her hours further spent as founding member of York High School Academic Boosters and the York Distinguished Alumni Program, or her active roles in Music Boosters, Drama Boosters, and the York Advisory Team.Holly and her husband, Kelly, are loyal and generous supporters of the Foundation. Holly was a Thiems Grant recipient for the first Jr. Great Books Program, a literacy enrichment that has been absorbed into the fabric of most of our elementary schools.


This is only a meek excerpt of Holly’s decades of dedication to our schools and other community organizations. Her impact of greatness is immeasurable but devotion and the charity of time are consistent ripples felt through the tide pool of education. 

Thank you to Holly for sharing her talents with our community! 


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