Why was the Foundation created?
The Foundation was created to support excellence in education by providing supplemental funds for enrichment purposes in designated program areas not otherwise funded by the Fort Dodge School District. Funding does not replace or alter use of funds from traditional tax-based sources.

What is the purpose of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation?
The primary purpose of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation is to solicit, manage and distribute supplemental funds for enrichment purposes and to create a perpetual source of funds for educational programs and projects which are not within the budgetary guidelines of the Fort Dodge and/or for which tax dollars cannot be expended. The programs funded will emphasize the Foundation’s mission to enhance the learning environment for Fort Dodge students.

How is the Foundation funded?
Programs and activities of the Foundation are funded by donations and income earned on investment capital. In-kind and monetary gifts are accepted from individuals, corporations and other foundations.

When are funds allocated?
Some programs are funded annually, while other programs are funded semi-annually or throughout the year, as determined by the Board of Directors.

Is the Foundation a function of the Fort Dodge School District?
The Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation governed by its own board of directors, comprised of a cross section of the community, who has a vision for excellence to support the students and staff of the District.   The superintendent and a school board liaison serve as ex officio members.

Who makes the decision on how funds are allocated?
Members of the Board of Directors of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation determine how funds are allocated and awarded. Community volunteers are involved as committee members to make recommendations to the Board in some program areas.

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