Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation

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The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation builds futures and connections.

"Education is the foundation on which we build our future." (Christine Gregoire)

The JPSF helps to provide resources that will help to build a bright future for the students of District #117.     We build connections with the community and with alumni through the sponsorship of the Jacksonville High School Alumni Association.

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation supports the programs and initiatives of District #117.  We need your support to continue.  

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation's programming efforts help to enhance the curricular and extracurricular programs of the district.  

We need your help to enable the Foundation to continue building a solid foundation for District #117 students.  There are many more bricks to add to our foundation to ensure it can continue to empower the students of today and inspire those of the future.  

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation serves the community of educator and students of District #117.

The Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation exists to support the students, teachers, and staff of District #117, and we appreciate the partnership with fellow contributors who also believe in that mission.  Thank you for considering a gift to the JPSF!

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All donations are tax deductible.

NOTE:  For those in need of making a minimum annual distribution from an IRA, the Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization so donations meet the requirements for a qualified charitable distribution.

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The JPSF 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]
217-243-9411 ext. 1132

Mission Statement

"Building - Supporting - Serving

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Schools Foundation is to build resources to support and enhance the programs of District #117 while serving its community of educators and 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, its sole purpose is to support the students and educators of District #117 public schools.

Please contact the JPSF  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

President:  Bob Chipman
Vice President:  Ginny Fanning
Secretary:  Helen Baldwin
Treasurer:  Joy French Becker

Members:  John Buchanan Jeff Coultas, Leslie Smith DeFrates (ex officio), Millie Rowe Deal, Andy Ezard, 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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