What We’ve Done

The North Thurston Education Foundation was organized in 1988; Articles of Incorporation were filed in 1989. The NTEF is a not-for-profit 501 3(c) organization with tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. The NTEF is registered with the Charities of the Secretary of State’s Office. The NTEF has no paid officers; the Executive Director is a volunteer.

  • In May 2015, 6,341 students, out of an enrollment of 14,395 in North Thurston Public Schools qualified for free or reduced-price lunch, for 43.13%, an indication of poverty level. This is a slight decrease over 2014 as total enrollment for May 1 is also a bit down.
  • As of May 2015, 750 school-age students in North Thurston Public Schools are homeless, the most ever reported. This is 147 more students than in 2014, an increase of 24.37%.
  • Poverty among school-age children in Washington is increasing. In 2013 approximately 291,841 children in Washington lived in families below the federal poverty threshold; thus, 18.6 percent of Washington children under 18 lived in poverty, according to Washington Kids Count.
  • In the past 26 years, the North Thurston Education Foundation has given more than $965,927 to students and schools in the North Thurston Public Schools to help young people overcome obstacles to their education. Each year hundreds of students are helped through the Foundation’s programs.
  • In 2015, the Foundation provided $100,965 in support to students in North Thurston Public schools through our major programs, a new high in Foundation history.

The NTEF helps students succeed in school by removing barriers. WE

ASSURE students in need have the basics: food, clothing, and other support in order to be able to learn. Annually providing Student Assistance Grants to every school in the district to be used for personal and school needs such as school supplies, fees, clothing, toiletries and medical supplies. In the fall 2008, McGimpsey Pantries were established in the secondary schools as part of the Student Assistance program. Recently, Lacey Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the GRAVITY drop out re-engagement project also received funds for uses similar to SAG. The Foundation has helped about 20,548 students with their personal and school needs over the years through the grants, the Pantries, and the special projects

INCREASE access to college and advanced training through scholarships for graduating seniors in need. Annually providing scholarships for graduating seniors to continue their education or training in college or other institutions. In 2015, $59,500 was budgeted for 24 scholarships and renewals for some scholarships. A total of 411 students have received scholarships since 1990.

IMPROVE student learning opportunities by providing financial support for innovative classroom activities. Annually awarding up to five Learning Improvement Grants, through a competitive application process. Funds help teachers increase student learning. For example, the grants have provided special classroom reading materials, opportunities for enrichment activities, and helped teachers work with families and children who are English Language Learners. Since 1996, 109 classrooms have received grants.

GUARANTEE leadership, resources and strong support for students in North Thurston Public Schools. Maintaining a strong, dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees that continues to work with the community and school district to help serve students and schools.

Annual reports are published annually. Reports for 2012, 2013 and 2014 are available on the website.

As of December 31, 2014, the Foundation total assets are $2,544,965. Donors’ names are published in the annual report alphabetically according to category of their giving.