History and Organization

F65 was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization to provide a way to fund programs and projects for the purpose of promoting educational excellence in District 65. Evanston community leaders and residents formed the Evanston-Skokie District 65 Educational Foundation in 1994 to raise and channel private funds to public education in District 65.  Early contributions from the Oscar Chute, Blair Vedder and J. B. Pritzker families, as well as the Chicago Community Trust were largely “designated” funds, given to the Foundation for specified programs that could only be used for a designated purpose.  In 2002, the District 65 Educational Foundation changed its name to Foundation 65 and launched its first community-wide fundraising drive. 

Since that name change, Foundation 65 has grown significantly. Over the past 10 years we have invested more than $2,500,000 in projects and programs, making an impact at every school in the District.  F65 has been successful in providing a model of grant-making which serves not just the District, but parents and community members as well. We have shown that investing private dollars in public education can allow educators to explore innovative ways to improve education, within a framework that is accountable and measurable.

Funding Sources

The largest source of Foundation 65 gifts is individuals. Parents of current and former District 65 students, friends of public education, and residents focused on the future of our community support our Foundation through their charitable donations.  Private foundations, corporations, area businesses, and universities also support specific programs and projects identified by the Foundation in partnership with the District.