Our Story

The Waterloo Schools Foundation is an independent, non-profit charitable organization, governed by an 18-member Board of Directors. Our sole purpose and mission are to provide supplemental resources for educational excellence in the Waterloo Community School District. We are working for the benefit of our students, educators, leaders, and the District as a whole. Our Board is comprised of community leaders, parents, and grandparents, alumni, past School Board members, and retired educators from Waterloo schools.


In eleven years, the Waterloo Schools Foundation has gifted more than $1,800,000 to the Waterloo Community School District. This has been in three areas:

  1. Innovative Learning Grants: Outcomes-based teacher grants

  2. Young Scholars Grants: Student funding to pursue academic interests or experiences

  3. District Initiatives: Large-scale projects with the potential to impact learning District-wide


The Waterloo Schools Foundation’s long-term vision is to be a catalyst for educational excellence and pride in the Waterloo Community School District. We will:

  1. Generate resources to enhance educational opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to students

  2. Fund programs and pilot projects that align with the District’s Strategic Plan

  3. Develop, maintain, and support partnerships between the schools and community

  4. Build a sustainable endowment

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