A Note on Our Transition

Dear friends,

Thanks to your dedicated support, the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation has been serving the students, teachers and schools in St. Paul by fostering academic excellence, supporting the success of all students and supporting critical innovation in the classroom.

High-quality programming and impactful community grant-making requires a steady commitment with sustainable funding. After conducting a comprehensive review and evaluation of its programs, operations and organizational structure, and then restructuring, the Board of Directors unanimously voted last Friday to start the dissolution process.

This difficult decision came after Foundation leadership determined it could no longer sustain its robust programming commitments into the future.

Because of your help, the Foundation has made a significant impact in the community, including awarding more than $2 million in grants to Saint Paul Public Schools, teachers, and non-profit organizations.  The partnership with the Phillips Eye Institute Foundation will result in 13,000 children receiving vision screening in our schools. 

The Tutoring Partnership has provided thousands of tutors throughout Saint Paul Public Schools, helping students learn reading and math and improving proficiency and test scores. Your generous support made all these, and more, possible. The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that the Tutoring Partnership program continues through the rest of the academic year and will work to find a community organization to carry on its mission and guarantee its success in a new home outside the Foundation.

After the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation closes, there still will be a need within the community to support our public schools. We’re hopeful that community conversations will determine if a public school foundation is necessary and how best to structure an organization for long-term success.

Thank you for your continued support for our students, teachers and schools.  We look forward to seeing the next great community initiative that helps students succeed. Because when all students succeed, Saint Paul succeeds.

Sincerely,

Jamice Obianyo

Chair, Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors