QUINCY (WGEM) — The Quincy Public Schools Foundation ended its 2019 Dream Big Annual Campaign by exceeding the $200,000 goal by over $90,000, with a final total of $294,000.
Executive Director, Kent Embree stated, “We are so grateful to the Quincy community and other donors, who gave to this year’s campaign. Without support from local businesses as well as QHS alumni, the Foundation would not be in a position to provide resources to the district, especially funding that meets growing needs in curriculum and technology.” He added, “This past year the number of applications for our grants have increased significantly, which really demonstrates the financial needs our classrooms face every day.”
John and Dale Stevenson served as volunteer chairs, carrying on the strategy from 2018 to help the foundation build the campaign. Noted Dale, “Quincy clearly understands the importance of a strong education system and that today’s students are the future of our vibrant community. Thanks to the generous support for this year’s campaign, the QPS Foundation will continue to enrich our schools’ academic, athletic and arts programs and give our students every opportunity for success.”
Foundation officials say proceeds from this year’s campaign will be allocated to the five “pillars” of the Foundation: Curriculum, Technology, Fine Arts, Athletics, and Endowment; special projects, as well as professional development and training for teachers.
A portion of proceeds will also benefit operations of the Foundation and help contribute to its operational endowment.
“We continue to believe that a consistent, annual campaign from the Foundation is going to be essential to meeting district needs and maintaining excellence and quality,” Embree added.
The major fundraising event of the campaign, the Foundation’s “A Night to Dream Big” gala dinner, posthumously honored H.W. “Knap” Knapheide III, had a record 750+ attendees, and raised a record $108,000 for the Foundation and the Quincy Public Schools.
Foundation officials report that during its last fiscal year, the QPS Foundation provided over $370,000 to supplement the district’s budget and over $3.1 million, since the first “A Night to Dream Big” fundraiser in 2013.
The QPS Foundation encourages donations for its endowed funds called “Circles of Investment” to benefit specific designations across the school district. A minimum of $10,000 is required to found and name a “Circle”, however contributions may also be made any time to support existing Circles.
Gifts to the QPS Foundation may be made through the Foundation office at Quincy Senior High School, through the mail, or through the foundation’s web site, qpsfoundation.org.