WASD Education Foundation

Creating powerful classrooms, inspiring futures

Today’s school districts need financial support above and beyond their budgets. WASD Education Foundation is a non-profit, community-based organization that raises supplemental funding that provides for various capital projects, educational projects and programs, initiatives and scholarships.

Established in 2004, the Foundation has generated over $1.6 million in assets. Led by a board of volunteers, members represent a broad segment of the community.

Foundation at work

The Foundation collaborates with teachers and administration to identify and fill the needs of the district, creating a vibrant educational experience for all students.

Funding provides much needed financial support for:

 

The Arts 

Thanks to an anonymous donation of $100,000 made to the Foundation, students in the orchestra program can enjoy their dedicated orchestra room, the Mary Lindsay Welch Orchestra Studio. Prior to this, students had used the auditorium stage, which was also used for meetings, community events, assemblies, and more.

Summer reading program

Since 2011, the Foundation has granted over $18,000 to the summer reading program, adding 858 new books to the district’s libraries.

Athletics

Investing in the future, “Return to Glory” provided an unprecedented initiative to raise over $2.7 million to restore and update the district’s high school athletic complex. The work was completed in the early fall of 2015.

Academics

Over $95,000 of Foundation funds has supported 84 classroom projects and programs. District teachers may submit an application to receive up to $1,500 for their classroom to enhance the educational experience in the classroom through innovative and creative projects or programs.

Special events—bringing the community together.

Promoting the Foundation throughout the year at high visibility events or special occasions like the Harlem Wizards charity game and foundation’s 10th anniversary celebration raises awareness of the Foundation, brings families and the community together, and raises much needed funding for some of the programs and initiatives above and beyond. Some of our events include:

  • Annual Golf Outing
  • Raise the Region

How can I help?

We are working to grow the Foundation's assets to the point where it will be able to help fund a wide variety of programs which will benefit students of all ages in our district — and there are a number of ways to contribute to that effort. We invite donations from individuals, civic groups, corporations and other nonprofits. All donations are tax deductible and help to support the growth and development of our students across all grade levels.

To make a cash donation by check, mail to:

WASD Education Foundation
2780 West Fourth St.
Williamsport, PA 17701

To donate online by credit card:

Click here.

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There are a variety of funds you can help support or establish.

 

Unrestricted Gift

An unrestricted donation allows the Foundation to evaluate the district's needs — with the guidance of WASD's administration, faculty and staff — and direct your funds to an area of greatest impact.

Designated Gift

A designated gift or fund supports an area of the district you choose to benefit.

Memorial or Commemorative Gift

Make your donation in memory or in honor of a person or special moment.

Scholarship Fund

Establish a scholarship — you determine the criteria for the scholarship, which may include grade point average, course of study or achievements. Scholarships may be established by families, individuals, companies or organizations.

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program

The Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program is administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) under Act 48. Established in 2001, the program awards tax credits to businesses that make contributions to scholarship organizations and/or educational improvement organizations that are on a list approved and published by DCED. The Foundation actively pursues EITC dollars from approved businesses on behalf of WASD. EITC funds for WASD are held at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

Bequests via Wills or Living Trusts

Give to the Education Foundation, to one of our programs or establish your own by way of a bequest in your will or living trust. You may set a dollar amount or a percentage.

Appreciated Assets

The Education Foundation accepts most appreciated assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares, closely held stock, real estate and other property.

Questions?

Call 570.327.5500, ext. 33495 if you have any questions, or are seeking additional information or materials.