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Irvine Public Schools Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Science & Technology Museums

Mission: Founded in 1996, the mission of Irvine Public Schools Foundation is to enrich the educational experience of each child in every school. We do this by providing programs, raising funds and uniting the community in support of educational excellence. IPSF provides a variety of programs including Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE), Summer Enrichment Academy, Instrument Rental and more. Funds provided by IPSF allow the Irvine Unified School District to hire more teachers and instructional assistants, provide elementary music education, college and career planning and technology resources among other items.

Results: • Since 1996, IPSF has donated over $73 million in grants and program support to IUSD • Awarded over $1.5 million in grants directly to teachers to promote innovation in the classroom since 1996 • Provides over $3 million in enrichment programs for students each year • IPSF afterschool and summer programs serve over 25,000 students annually. • IPSF makes music in school available to all 7,500 students in grades TK-3

Target demographics: The Irvine Unified School District

Direct beneficiaries per year: 34,000 student, 40 Irvine Schools

Geographic areas served: Irvine, CA

Programs: After-school and summer enrichment classes, music education, funding for classroom support and more

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Family has loved every single class we have signed up for through IPSF, whether it be an enrichment day, a summer session through IPSF Summer Academy, or an ACE class after school, they have all been excellent quality, and we look forward to these opportunities throughout the year!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IPSF is a top-notch, well run educational foundation that is a key factor in making Irvine schools some of the best in the country. They organize our community in support of essential programs such as music and STEM, and help reduce the teacher to student ratio with instructional assistants. As a volunteer and also a parent within the community, I have experienced first hand how their support has enhanced my children's education.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

IPSF has done absolutely amazing things for the schools in Irvine. We’re world renowned! Just goes to show what can happen when good people get together to do good things for the future of our country!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

IPSF does a tremendous job in enriching the student experience at each school. Through fund raising and program partnerships, they continue to award grants to teachers and enrichment programs that benefit the schools and unite the community.

1 Richard M.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

An innovator in private non-profit support for our public schools, IPSF has become the recognized leader in California and is among the top rated public school foundations in the Nation. From sponsoring innovative STEM related programs like CubeSat in our high schools, to the funding and operation of elementary school music/instrument programs across the district, IPSF's support is visible and making a difference in each and every one of our schools.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IPSF is a blessing to IUSD Teachers! They provide amazing learning tools for our children. The Kindergarten and TK students at our school have received tricycles, flexible seating and science supplies! I am incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of IPSF!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

IPSF benefits all the students of Irvine Unified School District. I personally have been following the CubeSat program. It is so impressive to see these students from several different high schools collaborate and complete their tasks on time, all becoming one with the project. They get to experience hands on work and have such great exposure STEM related lines of work. All of this through the work performed by IPSF. I'm so proud to be involved!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

IPSF is an incredible organization that assists our school through direct funding donations and grants. In the past 2 years Deerfield earned $25k in grant money to support character education/leadership building activities as well as the purchase of innovative/exercise furniture for classrooms that directly link physical activity to increased student engagement and learning.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

IPSF is an organization with a clear focus and a staff that precisely executes on their mission statement. I'm proud to be associated with with this non-profit and feel that they are not only leading the way for other non-profits but also leading Irvine students into a better future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The support from Irvine Public Schools Foundation is absolutely a key factor in elevating Irvine schools to some of the highest in the country. As one of the lowest funded school districts in the nation, IPSF's fundraising and programs are essential and help unify our school district and our community. IPSF's program support for STEM and Music helps every child in the district well rounded and provides an amazing foundation for their lives.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Irvine Public Schools Foundation helps support IUSD and their students in numerous ways. I am fortunate for the Programs and support that they offer to our schools.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IPSF amazingly makes it a difference on our education! Great job!

2 Christine120

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IPSF is an amazing organization led by people who work tirelessly to help our kids get so much more out of school. They help the Irvine School District fill gaps where it's most needed and often overlooked: reduce classroom size, more health clerks, more music and arts programs, added safety for our student athletes.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had the most wonderful experiences with IPSF, specifically the Summer Enrichment Academy.
My son has attended it for two years and looks forward to going each summer. The staff and the sites are fantastic and it is a great way to keep up with school during the summer!
Erica N, Irvine

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My non-profit, the IPPA is committed to raising funds for the IPSF as we believe in its mission. The IPSF is helping enrich the student experience of over 25K kids in the school district, through various programs. Thank you IPSF!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughters, ages 15 and 13, have been attending Irvine schools since kindergarten, and throughout the years, they have participated and benefitted from numerous IPSF programs: Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE) courses, Instrument Rental, Honors Concert, GATE Enrichment Days, and Summer Programs. I’ve been involved with IPSF as an IPSF Ambassador for my daughters’ schools, a donor, and in the past four years, as a member of its Board of Trustees. I’m proud to support IPSF in different capacities because I believe in its mission.

In addition to enriching education for IUSD students, every year IPSF provides grants to IUSD teachers and counselors through the Innovative Teachers Awards Program (ITAP) and the Innovative Counseling Awards Program (ICAP). Two of my daughters’ teachers have been recipients of these grants. My high school daughter has learned how to design and create 3D items in her Computer Graphics class, and my youngest daughter has benefitted from the additional laptops in her classroom. Moreover, every summer, IPSF has partnered with community organizations to coordinate the Program to Advance Cultural Education (PACE), where teachers learn about Chinese, Korean and Persian history and culture. These three-day seminars are free for the teachers and are designed to further deepen their understanding of the various cultures in their classroom. I help organize the PACE on Chinese History and Culture and have experienced first-hand the positive impact of such program on the teachers and the students they teach. This is a very unique IPSF program that promotes cultural understanding and appreciation.

As a parent, I’m grateful for IPSF’s funding for music, art, technology, science, classroom support, and nurses benefitting all IUSD students; funding that is not provided by the state of California. IPSF has a dynamic, creative and dedicated staff that works tirelessly year round to organize numerous fundraising events. I’m a proud supporter of IPSF, both as a volunteer and a donor, because I know they make a difference in every child’s life!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a parent of two IUSD elementary school students, I appreciate the positive impact IPSF has in my children's education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Irvine Public School Foundation works hard to provide all of the intangibles that make public schools work for the broadest range of students. My kids enjoyed their first IPSF program when they took an after-school enrichment Spanish class in KIndergarten. I was impressed with the quality of the instruction and the care they took in ensuring the safety of my children. I can say with honesty that every class my children have taken through IPSF has helped them grow academically and socially. When funding was cut to our public schools, IPSF worked tirelessly to raise funds from parents, businesses and the city of Irvine to maintain our science, art, and music curriculums and to help schools hire aides at the elementary level and add sections of classes at the secondary level so students had more support in the classroom. These programs allow all of our students to have a richer educational experience. My daughter had never touched a cello, but when she heard one played on the first day of music in 4th grade, she fell in love. IPSF allows all students to have affordable access to quality music instruction and welcomes students of all skill levels to join. Both of my children have had a richer public school experience due to IPSF, and I am proud to volunteer for them when I can.

Shireen R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son has been part of the Irvine educational community since 2005 and I can honestly say IPSF has helped to provide him with the best possible educational experience in a safe environment that allows the students to thrive. IPSF is staffed with knowledgeable, dedicated, diligent employees who are always looking for ways to better the education at Irvine. My son has participated in the incredible Music Program, the after school ACE program, the GATE program, and the Summer Enrichment Program all of which have helped him grow into a remarkable young man. IPSF contributes so much to enriching the lives of the Irvine students. I am eternally grateful for the organization and its exceptional staff.

Gary42

Donor

Rating: 5

Great team. Incredible results!

Long standing track record of success.