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Lisa Fanelli
Executive Director

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

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Future Ready Learning -  Thiems Grants  -  Study Skills  

Community Partnerships

What We Do:

  • Support Future Ready Learning and STEM Education - To prepare out children for college and career, we are focused on supporting a future ready learning environment for our students with enhancements  and projects we initiate and provide.  We have funded  data loggers for middle school science, chormebooks for middle and high school, wi-fi hot spots for students that did not have home internet, model classrooms for elementary and middle school, equipment for the new York Manufacturing Lab, and  innovative technology across the district.
  • Award Grants for Innovative Learning -  Through the Thiems Grants  program, any staff member, parent or student may submit a grant application for programs that are innovative and enhance the quality of education for District 205 students. Over 670 grants have been awarded since 1990.
  • Partner with Community Group - The Foundation partners with community groups to provide assistance with fundraising for specific needs, including facility improvements. It also works with other groups to create opportunities that benefit our students, such as the York Distinguished Alumni Program and the newly forme York Alumni Association.
  • Enrich the Personal Development of our Children -  The District 205 Foundation in partnership with  the York Student  Enrichment Team (YSET) provided over $200,000 to assist financially challenged families to pay academic and extracurricular fees. The Foundation has supported projects by the Elmhurst Youth Commission and other groups to bring speakers and films with anit-bully and anit-drug messges to students and the community.
  • Improve Academic Achievement - Since 2008 , the Foundation-funded Study Skills Academies have used staff and volunteers at district schools to assist students outside the classroom who need additional academic support.

Results:  Together, We Affect the Community

  • “We teachers are always looking for ways to make learning exciting. We know we have the awesome Foundation for support!”  -Sandburg Middle School Teacher Helen Lazzaro
  • “What a FANTASTIC program (the study skills academy) was for my son. It made all the difference for him…the one-on-one attention was great and built up his confidence. I am extremely grateful and want to say thanks!” -Edison Elementary School Parent
  • “The Foundation brought our school and PNC Bank together to form a partnership. It provided volunteer opportunities for their employees, additional help for our school and a book drive for our library. It was a win-win for all.”  -Madison Early Childhood Center Principal Susan Kondrat


The Elmhurst District 205 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to innovations in education and the advancement of excellence in Elmhurst's public schools.

Funds at Work!

Jr Great Books - Elementary Modeling Molecular World - York Pottery Wheels - District Wide Middle School Art Classes History in the Classroom - District Wide Elementary What's Cookin' - Madison - 2009 Steel Drum Band - York - 2007 Developing Citizenship - Churchville Diversity Garden Art Room of the Future - Sandburg Building Complex Circuits in Physics - York Vote for Me - Middle Schools - 2008 Choral Festival - District Wide - 2008 The ABC's of Nursery Rhymes - Fisher
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How You Can Help:


  • Annual sponsorship
  • Underwrite events
  • Volunteer
  • Partner to support initiatives, like the York Manufacturing Lab


  • Attend Foundation Events
  • Join the Board or Volunteer Corps
  • Fund a desiganted grant to Impact a Specific Curricular Area
  • Make a Donation

Get Recognized

  • Acknowledgement and Coverage in Foundation Newsletter, Website & Facebook
  • Coverage in Local Press
  • Receive Friend of the Foundation Award