Devine Education Foundation

Foundation created to help DISD students, teachers
Posted on 03/29/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Foundation created to help DISD students, teachersDevine’s newest non-profit organization, the Devine Education Foundation was formed with a sole mission of helping Devine ISD students and teachers.

“Our focus to enhance community support and to expand resources that enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize opportunities for all students in DISD,” Mrs. Brenda Gardner, executive director, said.

The sole purpose of the newly formed Education Foundation is to benefit the Devine Independent School District by providing funds for educational programs and activities that are not funded by the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations. Funding priorities will also include funds for innovative teaching grants that will provide resources directly to the classroom for teachers to implement exciting new educational programs. Grants for students have also been established.

The Devine Education Foundation is a charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Service section 501 (c)(3), and contributions to the organization are tax deductible.

According to Gardner, the idea for the foundation grew from a need for supplemental funds and awareness of a growing number of education foundations serving Texas school districts.

“We brought in Foundation Innovation LLC, a firm which specializes in developing foundations to ensure that we meet our first year goals and objectives,” she added.

Foundation Innovation has worked with many communities and school districts in Texas and other states to establish foundations to benefit public school systems. According to Laurie Cromwell, CFRE, of Foundation Innovation, “Following in the footsteps of public universities and colleges, K-12 school districts and their local communities are establishing their own foundations to leverage private dollars and expand opportunities for their teachers and students. There are currently hundreds of education foundations set up in Texas and number continues to grow.”

“DEF’s Board of Directors is dedicated to our community and educational excellence and I am proud to serve with them to support and enhance the tools available to the district,” Heather Miller, VP of Marketing, said.

Please visit the DEF website at There is a link on the website where anyone can donate, either with a credit card or via PayPal.

For more information, please send questions to [email protected].
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