Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation

We are grateful for your support. It is all about the kids, and we are happy to know you feel the same way as we do.

All donations are tax deductible.

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The Foundation office is located at 211 W. State Street, Jacksonville, IL 62650.

Mrs. Leslie J. DeFrates
Executive Director
Email:[email protected]
217-243-9411 ext. 1133

Mrs. April Doerr
Office Manager
Email:[email protected]17.org
217-243-9411 ext. 1132

Mission Statement

"It shall be the mission of the Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation to acquire, manage and distribute financial and other resources that shall be used for programs and projects which enhance or supplement Jacksonville School District #117 educational programs and provide enriched opportunities for students".

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization led by a board of community and business leaders independent from the District #117 school board. Although the Foundation operates independently from the School District, the Foundation's sole purpose is to support the students and educators of District #117 public schools.

The Foundation works closely with District #117 to ensure it is meeting the needs of Jacksonsonville area students and teachers.  Please contact the Foundation  Executive Director, Leslie DeFrates, at the contact information noted above to find out ways to partner with the Foundation in order to make a difference in the personal and educational lives of future Crimson alumni.

Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors

Helen Baldwin, Joy French Becker, John Buchanan, Bob Chipman, Jeff Coultas, Leslie Smith DeFrates (ex officio), Millie Rowe Deal, Andy Ezard, Ginny Fanning, Mary Nergenah Fergurson, Jacob Freeman, Jane Hadden, Gary Hutchison, Amy Symons Jackson, Terry Jones, and Steve Turner
Board Attorney, Richard Freeman

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