Our Impact

Elevating Education in Elmhurst

Since 1989… your support has resulted in over $2 million in educational enhancements for the Elmhurst Public Schools.

We flood our schools with innovative resources to ensure engaged learning at all levels across the district.  

Foundation 205 supports leadership training for D205 in Harvard’s Scaling for Impact Program

The District’s acceptance into the Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network, and their selection and participation in the Harvard Scaling for Impact Program will ensure relevant and rigorous curriculum and instruction happens within D205.  It deepens the organization’s ability to achieve pattern breaking performance to be scaled and sustained district wide. Foundation 205 is dedicated to innovation, and by supporting district leadership and staff on interdisciplinary and blended learning, we are helping to transform the district in providing a cutting edge learning environment for our students.

Foundation 205 provided $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom Project in 2017.

A pilot program that created three future ready classrooms at the K-2 (Fischer), 3-5 (Lincoln), and 6-8 (Bryan) grade levels. 

Former Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”

Using the information gathered from this project along with additional research, four more classrooms will be piloted in 2019/20 at Sandburg, Churchville, Emerson and Jackson. Feedback will be gathered to inform the way classrooms are created in the new post referendum buildings as well as in all classrooms and buildings in the future across the district. Click here to see student reactions to their new classroom.

2019-2020 Impact

From York High School seniors to preschoolers at Madison Early Childhood Center, Foundation 205 impacts every student across the entire district.

 $133,000 in Thiems Grants awards
  • Ten elementary school grants, including five designated for all eight schools
  • Four grants to benefit all 3 middle schools
  • Four grants for York High School
  • Click here for complete list of grants
$15,000 to provide technology access for students during e-Learning

With the abrupt shift to eLearning this Spring, some students did not have devises or  wi-fi service at home.  Foundation 205 funded the purchase of 50 wi-fi hotspots and 750 Chromebook charges to ensure all students had access to the equipment necessary to continue their education.

$120,000 to rapidly deploy resources to our community during the covid-19 crisis.

Launched in March 2020, Foundation 205's Community Response Fund was established to provide immediate support  to our students and their families during this unprecedented crisis.  In addition to providing emergency food relief and resources directly to our D205 students, the initiative also aims to deploy resources to local businesses and community organizations to ensure future viability.

$15,000 for additional learning and instructional time for Elementary students 

Six elementary schools offered the Foundation 205's Study Skills Program this academic year. Certified staff serve as program coordinators & teachers to help third through fifth grade students with specific academic content and executive function. Programs held before and after school, or during lunch/recess.

$3,500 to support thrive d205 

Foundation 205 is strongly committed supporting the start of a community conversation and create plans to better understand, support and reduce the stress levels among students in our school community.  Foundation 205 was a lead sponsor for Julie Lythcott-Haims' keynote address and the showing of the movie Angst in the fall of 2019.

$50,000 to support the York Business incubator program

Launched in the Fall of 2019, this program is an  opportunity for York students to envision, create,  pitch and launch a business idea.  With the support of York staff and outside community business mentors, these students get a real-life experience with becoming an entrepreneur.  Foundation 205 provided a grant for all technology equipment in the Incubator lab.  

$80,000 to support the York High School Manufacturing Lab

Foundation 205 has provided funding to purchase two manual lathes and two manual mills for the new Manufacturing Lab.
Students will be able to utilize the lab starting this year, and
beginning in Fall of 2020, the lab will be a key component of the new manufacturing pathway offered at York.

In response to the the COVID-19 outbreak, Foundation 205 launched its Community Response Fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources in three critical areas:

  1. Food security for D205 students & their families
  2. Elearning resources & materials
  3. D205 family support and gap funding

The strength & generosity of the Elmhurst community was overwhelming. Foundation 205's Community Response Fund has raised over $120,000 and allowed us to make the following grants to support our students and their families:

1. $20,000 to the United Community Concerns Association (UCCA) to provide gift cards to D205 families who need help to purchase daily essentials.

2. $10,000 to the Yorkfield Food Pantry to provide weekly care packages for families April-May.  As well as host 3 mobile food pantries in partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide food to 725 families.

3. $15,000 to the Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network to support emergency relief to Elmhurst families in financial crisis.

4. $9,500 to local restaurants to provide 2,150 meals to 790 students during the week of Spring Break when D205 food service was not available.

5. $5,000 to the District 205 Student Services department to provide Elmhurst students experiencing homelessness with emergency food relief.

6. $15,000 to support the costs associated with providing emergency support to D205 students experiencing economic hardships.

7. $45,000 to support educational needs across the buildings to enhance and expand learning in both hybrid and remote learning settings.


Foundation 205 received a very generous donation from the Elmhurst community group 100+ Women Who Care this February to support York's Duke Depot. This program exists to provide personal items, school supplies, and clothing for students that need assistance. These funds will also help York's Student Council to provide identified new  students with a backpack containing school supplies and book store gift  card. The number of students requiring support for these basic needs continues to grow, and this donation will provide help several years out so that students can come prepared and ready to engage in their education.