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July 30, 2012

School foundations make big 2012-13 plans

EDMOND — Foundations for the three major Edmond school districts all seem to have the same plan for the next school year — increase its community impact. Along with that goal is a subgoal of breaking the Deer Creek Schools, Edmond Public School and the Oklahoma Christian Schools foundations into the modern age.

EPS and OCS foundations will look to revamp its board of trustees with new members, as well as beefed-up alumni connections and a more aggressive social media presence.

DCPS, on the other hand, wants to connect with the Deer Creek community by connecting businesses in supporting its foundation.

And as construction projects complete, more and more students are coming to these schools. Foundation directors from all three schools say financial need to support education details is becoming increasingly prevalent.

Here’s a breakdown of each district.

Edmond Public Schools Foundation

The Edmond Public Schools Foundation is gearing up for what might be one of its biggest years, said Executive Director Bob Ault.

Ault took the foundation’s helm last August and said after reorganizing the group’s infrastructure, it’s ready for some bold changes.

One of the things Ault wants to emphasize is the district’s connection with alumni. In this new campaign, recognized Edmond Public Schools alums will be featured in an online video campaign.

“We’ve never done something like that before in terms of specifically targeting alumni,” Ault said.

He said alums will not get calls asking for money, but could expect invitations to give to come via word of mouth, online through social media or by the foundation’s new website, edmondfoundation.org.

“People like to join in,” he said. “They don’t like to answer their phone.”

Adding to the push for a larger foundation reach are the 17 new trustees, which brings the number of board members to 30.

 On the income front, the foundation took in about $50,000 for fiscal year 2011, but Ault said more than $100,000 is expected to be raised in 2012.

The 2011 numbers are down from the previous year, but Ault notes the foundation did not have an executive director for seven months.

Another thing Ault said the foundation’s board is looking to grow is the nonprofit’s scholarship funds.

“Hopefully we’re going to be working with Leadership Edmond — this class that just went through — in developing a new scholarship through the foundation,” Ault said. “This partnership we’re creating will help raise funds to set up a new fund within the foundation to provide scholarships.”

In the past two school years the foundation has given $40,000 in scholarships and $167,000 in grants to help teachers pay for specialty items and school supplies.

The Edmond Public Schools Foundation has been around for 29 years and has provided more than $1.5 million to the district, according to its website. More information on the foundation, including giving options, can be found at edmond

foundation.org or by calling 340-2819.

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