Our Impact


Since 1989… your support 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.  Our volunteer organization raises funds to provide grants to fund projects & initiatives that go beyond the school budget.   

See the educational enhancements that we provided with your generosity. All of the materials pictured are provided with Foundation dollars. 
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D205 Foundation supports D205 leadership training 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. The Foundation 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.

The District 205 Foundation 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.

From seniors at York to kindergarteners, the D205 Foundation impacts every student across the entire district.


Over $100,000 in 2019 Thiems Grants benefiting all K-12 schools  this year
  • $37,000 elementary schools
  • $31,091 middle schools
  • $14,870 York high school
  • $17,000 for multi-building staff to pilot virtual reality technologies in instruction
  • Click here for list of grants
$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.  The D205 Foundation provided a grant for all technology equipment in the Incubator lab.  

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

The Foundation 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 2020, the lab will be a key component of the new manufacturing pathway offered at York.

$10,000 to assist struggling students outside of the classroom

Four elementary schools are offering the Foundation'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.

Over $50,000 raised 

Through partnership with Friends of York Baseball, York families are enjoying new bleacher seating and field upgrades.

$2,650 In wi-fi hotspots

Over 60 wi-fi hotspot devices were provided for students that do not have wi-fi at home with Foundation support. This enables them to better utilize their chromebooks, collaborate on classroom projects and conduct research from home.  The total amount funded, including $3,750 from 2017, is $6,400.









The District 205 Foundation 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.