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Northshore Schools Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: The Northshore School District has the well-deserved reputation as an outstanding school district providing a quality education for its 20,000 students. Maintaining this quality and serving the needs of all students is a BIG JOB and poses enormous challenges. As state funding for public education decreases and the cost of providing top-notch education increases, the school district needs to increasingly rely on non-traditional funding sources. Local educational foundations such as NPEF play an important role bringing our community together and leveraging resources that can be used by the district to benefit its students.

Target demographics: student

Direct beneficiaries per year: 36,600

Geographic areas served: Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville and the Northshore School District

Programs: enhanced learning opportunities, Teacher certification, Classroom Libraries, Career and Tech ed support, Robotics, After school programs for teens.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love walking through the hallway at Woodmoor Elementary and seeing signs that show specific projects that the Northshore Schools Foundations has funded. Without this incredible non-profit, those programs or projects would have been possible. It's incredible to see donations put into action in my own community, making an impact on my own children.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The picture says it all! Their work warms my heart and makes me smile.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our new sensory classrooms received a grant to purchase INDIVIDUALIZED rewards and therapeutic devices for the students on IEPS in 4 classrooms! :)

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a grant for my classroom from the Northshore Schools Foundation and have seen student success. The grant I received funded the purchase of several high-quality picture books for use as mentor texts with 6th grade students. In using these books with my students this year, I was able to provide equitable access across academic levels in order to facilitate conversations and increase writing skills. This foundation is valuable to the Northshore Community and as educators, we are lucky to have their support in our communities.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach at a very small "Alternative" high school -- a place for the round pegs of the world that the system tries to place into square holes. The Secondary Academy for Success provides a safe place for kids to be themselves, while providing them high quality instruction and the support so many desperately need. A huge part of our success is the ability to get our kids up and out of their desks and into the real world. "No Desks Allowed", the grant Northshore Schools Foundation (NSF) funded, allows us to take kids to amazing places around the Puget Sound. It's fine to learn about volcanoes in the class or by watching videos, but if you want learning to come alive, go visit Mt. St. Helens! That's just the start. We visit the lower Duwamish River, Museum of History & Industry, Mt. Rainier, Skagit River, Nisqually Delta, and many more.

Northshore Schools Foundation was super easy to work with by providing excellent on-line help as well as one-to-one phone support during the application process. They even provide helpful workshops for prospective grant writers! NSF is a critical part of our incredible success saving kids from dropping out of school and I can't thank them enough. Two thumbs WAY up!!!

2 Tiffanie2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Students first! NSF puts our students first, I am so honored to have witnesses some of the work of NSF makes you proud to have donated. Integrity, compassion, dedication are the 1st three word that come to mind when thinking of NSF and the people behind the name making great things happen!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everything about this organization screams "we support the kids, teachers and community in the Northshore School District." Having recently participated in their 2016 Career Day at Timbercrest Junior High - I was able to witness first hand the dedication and drive this organization has at building community partnerships that benefit the young students of tomorrow's future. Over 75 local individuals came together on this day to sit on small group panels to share their career paths and answer questions poised by 8th and 9th graders from Leota and Timbercrest. To see the sparkle in their eyes as they learn about life beyond school and all the possibilities that await them was amazing. It doesn't get any better than this!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Northshore Schools Foundation is the Best. It is ethical, industrious, generous and kind. It supports public education by awarding funding to help teachers in the classroom develop effective projects that engage the minds of their students. The leadership and the Board of Directors are dedicated individuals who give much of their time to this effort, and they are very visible in the community. Please support Northshore Schools Foundation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSF is a "little engine that could!" This powerhouse nonprofit brings the community together, gets a wide range of folks involved, and effects change in profound ways year after year. Thank you NSF!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Northshore Schools Foundation has blossomed into a marvelous, nearly miraculous, source for teachers at every level within our District. They have allowed instructors to extend their curriculums beyond the immediate classroom and into projects that have had long term impacts on their students and the community. The leaders of the Foundation do an amazing job of rallying the constituentcy behind our teachers and showcasing the results.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The Northshore Schools Foundation does an exemplary job of supporting the goals of the district. Students and Teachers are valued and feel empowered to go above and beyond the standards. This atmosphere affords amazing opportunities for students of the Northshore School District. The dollars donated to this non-profit are very well placed and greatly appreciated.

3 Joe_78

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never been more impressed with a non profit as I am with this one. if there is ever a non-profit to donate your time and money to, it's the Northshore Schools Foundation. If you have ever attended their luncheon or an event or seen the impact that this organization makes with the kids in the entire community...then you are really missing out. I feel like this is a group of people who truly believe in public education and that you cannot treat Education like a business , as it goes much deeper than that and that they impact so many kids and staff in such a positive way. You really feel like the care as much about your kids as you do. what more could I ask!

2 Pinto

Donor

Rating: 5

This agency supports the students in our school district in a multitude of ways. I especially am pleased with the donations made to support music and the arts in our curriculum as well as the support for transporting homeless children to their school- that allows for one less disruption in their lives. The support through grants for science is also fantastic. I also appreciate the Foundation's commitment to our special education students. The Executive Director is a real dynamo. She is a visionary who really understands how to garner community support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

NSF is a wonderful and engaging foundation. They fund things that are needed by our school district. They fund a wide variety of items and support students and teachers in a way that fills the gaps left by our inadequate education funding. The funding is only part of what this foundation does, though. The CEO is personally involved in our school community. She visits schools, she attends School Board meetings and school functions. She is well acquainted with teachers, principals and school admnistrators so that when requests for funding come through, she has all the pertinent information and more. She is a real dynamo and a very effective fundraiser. She organizes events that are fun and constantly seeks feedback on how to reach even more people. She uses social media very effectively and makes donors feel incrediby involved in the work of the foundation.
When I think of the perfect nonprofit, this organization is what I measure them against. The amount of bureacracy is low, the impact of my donation is high and visible and I feel very connected with the organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My student's teacher won a grant last year to help that will help my child and other learning -disabled access technology to increase their independence in and out of the classroom. Thanks, NSF!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing things for kids and our school community.

3 MayFly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the NSF for the last two years and have loved every minute! It's well run, organized, and most importantly gives so much back to the kids of the Northshore School District.
I have seen so many kid's lives impacted by the NSF's work and hope that people will continue to support such a vital organization!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the foundation for years. They are All In for the students and staff of the Northshore School District.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a contributor to the Foundation for several years--I have a tight budget & watch where my money goes closely. This organization puts my money to good use--they are incredibly mindful of how they invest, making sure that programs supported are in alignment with school board priorities & make a meaningful impact for our students. The Foundation does amazing work -- helping ensure all our kids are prepared for a future filled with positive choices for college &/or careers following high school.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Northshore Schools Foundation is a fabulous organization that mobilizes community resources to make a meaningful impact on students and public education. The Foundation is currently impacting students 7-9 times throughout their school career and that impact is growing exponentially. "In 2001 it provided $100 for library books for every school in the district. In 2013-2014 it provided more than 4,600 books for students. In the past couple of years, the Foundation has provided great new items like hospital beds for the Health Services Skilled Nursing program at Woodinville High, provided DNA replication machines (PCR) for Bio-Medical Sciences courses and since inception has Supported Teacher Excellence through National Board Teacher Certification impacting more than 350,000 students. Watch this space!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of Northshore Schools Foundation after learning about the great impact the organization makes across the entire school district. The amount of children this foundation has a positive impact on is large and the impact is broad, all ages, all learning levels, and even invests in teachers. I couldn't be more proud to be part of this great non-profit. - Teri F.