• 2023-2024 Funding and Partnership Opportunities

    The Plano ISD Education Foundation was established in 1993, with the mission to help all students in the Plano Independent School District achieve their full potential by providing financial support benefitting students and teachers.

    Funding provided by the Foundation supports differentiated and elevated programs and curriculum that are not required by the state, nor are they funded by tax dollars. These programs support Plano ISD’s Five Strategic Pillars by providing unique opportunities to help students find their passion and purpose, prepare for, and significantly impact their future. Plano ISD strives to do more than the status quo for our amazing students. As part of the community, they want to respond to the needs within the workforce and shape the learning experience at every stage of their educational experience so Plano ISD is graduating students that are better prepared for the careers of tomorrow.

    You can help make a difference. 

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$125,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
200
Students Impacted

5th Grade Outdoor Science Camp

Camp students are engaged in social, emotional and academic skills while at camp. This authentic experience challenges our students to think in different ways, and they begin to see that nature can provide limitless learning opportunities. The Foundation helps to provide scholarships to students who would like to participate.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$42,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
2,000
Students Impacted

Back-to-School Fair

Plano ISD hosts a Back-to-School Fair for our families with needs. The fair allows students to pick up a backpack full of supplies, grab a box of nutritional food, and receive other necessary services to best prepare students for the upcoming school year.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$75,000
Fundraising
Goal


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1,200
Students Impacted

Competitive Robotics

Students who participate in Robotics are twice as likely to major in science or engineering. Over 90% of students report improved problem solving, time management and conflict resolution skills. In addition, they are 87% more interested in going to college. The Plano ISD robotics program continues to expand throughout the district at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$27,500
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Goal


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120
Students Impacted

Computer Science Summer Bridge Program

This program is a computer science summer experience for 120 eighth grade students designed to introduce them to computer science. Plano ISD piloted the program in the summer of 2020 with a TEA grant and hopes to continue this program.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$8,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
1,000s
Students Impacted

CORE Store

Launched 2016, the CORE Store has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in supplies and classroom materials to teachers throughout the district. The CORE Store allows teachers to shop for additional school supplies for their students at no cost. Across the district, one out of every three students is classified as economically disadvantaged, with some campuses reaching as high as 90%. For these campuses, school supplies and classroom materials represent a day-to-day struggle for many students

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$10,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
1,100+
Students Impacted

Dual Credit

Partner in support of dual credit faculty expansion by providing tuition scholarships that support the professional learning of dual-credit Plano ISD faculty.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$30,000
Fundraising
Goal


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100 - 250
Staff Impacted

Employee Crisis Fund

One of the many benefits of working in Plano ISD is the Employee Crisis Fund. Funded solely by dollars from the Foundation, this resource assists Plano ISD employees experiencing a short-term personal emergency. Examples of employee emergencies include: rent, car repairs, childcare, utility bills and medical services not covered by insurance. A committee of district employees, facilitated by the Plano ISD Benefits and Risk Management Department, confidentially examines employee fund requests.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$5,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
800
Staff Impacted

Employee Recruitment

Plano ISD hosts a job fair each school year in order to recruit and hire the most effective and talented workforce for our students. This fair provides candidates an opportunity to connect with over 200 district administrators from all 73 campuses as well as our high-needs auxiliary departments that include Food & Nutritional Services, Transportation, Facilities, Employee Child Care, and the PASAR After-School program.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$10,500
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
100
Support-Level Staff

Employee Retention - Plano ISD 100 Employee Recognition Program

This program was developed to help recognize support-level employees throughout the district that help make the difference in Plano ISD. Bus drivers, office administrative employees, para teachers, and cafeteria services team members all help make sure each child is cared for in the district and this program creates a meaningful way to recognize those individuals for their great work.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$495,000
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Goal


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All
Staff &
Students

General Support

These funds would allow the district to be nimble in response to unexpected or emergency needs. Contact foundation@pisd.edu with questions.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$150,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
1,000s
Students Impacted

Grants to Educators

Competitive grants are made available to all Plano ISD Educators, ranging in value from $250 up to $3,000. Grants are submitted by individual teachers, teams of teachers, a grade level or entire school, multiple schools, or cluster. Grants provide supplemental funds to enhance projects demonstrating instructional excellence.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$10,350
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
90
Students Impacted

Guest Broadway Actor Masterclass

In an effort to engage students in the arts and education as a whole, BroadwayPlus connects students and educators with Broadway artists to create a unique, unforgettable and engaging experience. The masterclass, to be held at the Robinson Fine Arts Center, includes workshops, musical theatre coaching, group talkback, student feedback opportunities, movement instruction, Q&As and performances all tailored to the skill and interest level of the students.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$20,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
300
Students Impacted

Health Science Certifications

Provides students with the fees to cover Health Science certification exams. Some certifications offered include pharmacy tech and CNA (certified nursing assistant). These exams cost up to $300 per student. Many students find this fee a hardship if required to pay for these on their own. As a result, the Foundation is looking for sponsors to cover these fees.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$20,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
213
Staff Impacted

Professional Learning - Leadership Development

Partnership funds leadership development opportunities for principals. The need for administrators to continue to learn and be exposed to best practices throughout the industry helps ensure strong schools, student success, personal career fulfillment and growth, and consistent innovation. The goal of this grant is to provide unique learning opportunities that would otherwise not be possible.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$12,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
160
Staff Impacted

Professional Learning - Mentoring and Support for New Teachers

Supports much needed mentoring for first- and second-year teachers. Mentors are vital to the success of new teachers. Grant funds support the mentor program by providing substitute teacher allocations so that mentors can connect with teachers during the school day. Job-embedded learning, mentoring support, and coaching have all been shown to have positive impacts on teacher development and retention.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$27,590
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
15
Staff Impacted

Professional Learning - National Board Certification

Per National Board (NB) research, board-certified teachers have a greater impact on student learning,;this impact is more significant for low-income students. Learning occurs in monthly meetings, a summer conference, and in meetings with Professional Learning and mentors. NB certification awards teachers recognized status for the Texas Teacher Incentive Allotment, generating funds for the teacher and district. This program would utilize NB certified teachers as NB mentors in Spring 2024.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$25,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
25
Staff Impacted

Professional Learning - Teacher Summer Externships

The Plano ISD Teacher Summer Externship Program provides teachers with access to learning, at local business and industry partners, that reaches beyond traditional classroom or workshop settings. After completion, teachers develop lesson plans to bring their classroom-to-career connections back to their classrooms to share with students.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$50,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
220
Staff Impacted

QuEST Program

The Plano ISD QuEST (Quality Education for Successful Teaching) Program is designed to recruit Plano ISD support staff and substitutes to facilitate the process of becoming a classroom teacher. Through a partnership with Teachworthy and Indiana Wesleyan University, program candidates will begin an expedited pathway to a college degree and teacher certification.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$10,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
50
Families impacted

Richards Douglass Immediate Needs Fund

This fund was begun by former Plano ISD Board of Trustees President Tammy Richards and her husband Michael Douglass; the fund is available to Plano ISD families with immediate, critical needs. We want every student to have the best opportunity to learn and thrive. Needs are identified by social workers and campus counselors.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$1.86 Million
Fundraising
Goal


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50,000+
Entire Community

Robinson Fine Arts Center

The Plano ISD fine arts programs have a long history of committment to excellence. The RFAC supports the Plano ISD mission to educate, inspire and empower every student to activate their unique potential in a dynamic world by providing a professional-level performance and exhibition venue for the outstanding fine arts students of Plano ISD. For more details on the Robinson Fine Arts Center, please visit www.pisd.edu/RFAC.

$Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
$80,000
Fundraising
Goal


Fundraising Goal Target $Field0
8,000+
Students Impacted

Welcome & Enrollment Center - Student, Family & Community Services

The Welcome and Enrollment Center provides key services in one centralized location to support Plano ISD students and families with: enrollment/transfers, health and wellness, access to clothing and food, as well as homeless and mobile services.

  • Contact UsFor additional information regarding funding, or sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please contact:
    Brittnea Ussery Brittnea Ussery
    Education Foundation