Our Mission

The District 95 Educational Foundation raises funds and provides resources for additional innovations that empower every learner to achieve personal excellence.

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit autonomous organization working in partnership with businesses, community, parents, and School District 95.


Here is how the District 95 Educational Foundation supports our learners:



The Foundation provides grant funding to test new innovations and provide educational resources, over and above what current revenue sources allow.

2017-2018 Grants:

  • Teacher innovation grants
  • Funding for under resourced students
  • Funding for internships and job shadowing



The Foundation provides funding to District 95 for annual educational programs that align with the District mission and require funding above what current school revenue sources permit.
Initiatives for 2017-2018 School Year:

  • Science Fair
  • Film Festival
  • STEAM Night
  • Lego Team
  • Pi Day

Joanie’s Closet

Joanie’s Closet serves under-resourced District 95 students and their families, in collaboration with the community, by providing basic needs to help students achieve their full potential.

Planned Joanie’s Closet Initiatives:

  • School Supply Kits
  • Winter Coats/Hats and Gloves
  • Educational materials for families and D95 staff regarding community resources for food, clothing, diapers, other basic necessities
  • T1 After School Program Snacks
  • Nurse Bins – foods for hungry children at all 8 schools
  • Breakfast food support for under-resourced at all 8 schools
  • High School Resource Closet

Unplanned Joanie’s Closet Activities:

Ad-hoc requests can be made to Joanie’s Closet by nurses, social workers, principals, or assistant principals to support basic needs of D95 students and their families. In the past this has included things like: emergency food to get the family by until the next food pantry day, clothing, shoes/boots, funding to get transportation to medical appointments, toiletries, bedding, etc.

View the Foundation’s profile on GuideStar USA, Inc.