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Our Story

to fund, inspire and promote educational opportunities for all in the Waterloo Schools.



to be a catalyst for educational excellence and pride in the Waterloo Community School District.

The past.

Established 13 years ago, the Waterloo Schools Foundation, to date, has invested over $2,500,000 into the Waterloo Community School District. Historically, the main focus of funding was on STEM initiatives. As the STEM boom of the early 2000s subsided, funding expanded to various projects the WSCD saw as priority needs throughout the District. This included teacher and student grants to impact individual classrooms as well as large District initiatives to impact students and staff across all buildings.

We're proud to be an organization with supporters and leaders from across the Cedar Valley. A special shoutout to our founding board members:

Nancy Bamsey                 Edita Begic                 Kathy Braun                Ross Christensen

Bruce Clark                       Scott Crowley            Vicki Grimes                Eric Johnson

Pam Miller                         Kathy McCoy             Mike Robinson            Julie Ritland

Brian Ritter                        Jean Seeland             Alice Shirey                 Michelle Temeyer

Bob Tapper                       Cathy Young


Today, we are a certified 501c(3) nonprofit governed by an 18 member Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders, parents, alumni, and retired educators from Waterloo Schools. Learn more about the leaders of our organization, here.

In a short thirteen years, we have gifted over $2.5 million to fund over 105 innovative teacher projects, 68 unique academic experiences for individual students, and 12 district-wide initiatives.

Visit our blog to learn more about the projects we fund and how they impact our schools.


Our long-term vision is to be a catalyst for educational excellence and pride in the Waterloo Community School District. As we continue to strive and meet with vision, we will:

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

  2. Fund programs and pilot projects that align with our values and the District's strategic plan.

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

  4. Build a sustainable endowment.

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