Funding

"LEARN TODAY. LEAD TOMORROW"

The mission of the Williamston Schools Foundation is simple: to enrich and enhance the quality of the educational experience of the children of Williamston Community Schools. The foundation provides supplementary funds and resources that otherwise might not be available for the benefit of our students’ education. Our support encourages a high level of innovative educational opportunities and academic excellence throughout our schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

A. Currently, the Williamston Community Schools’ need is focused on technology — specifically, purchasing hardware to assist classroom teachers. So yes, for the past two years, technology has been the foundation’s focus when approving grants. Before committing $120,000 to purchase tablets for the elementary, middle and high schools for the 2014-2017 school years, WSF surveyed teachers, who overwhelmingly supported the option of funding only technology during this time. The grants have funded tools that provide students with access to technology as part of the normal learning process, and also allows them to complete online, state-mandated testing. Prior to this three-year arrangement, the foundation had provided grants for many other non-tech projects and will do so again in the future.

A. Broad categories of projects have received support from the foundation, including integrated arts, STEM, technology, elementary literacy, special needs reading, life skills tools, and blended learning, where different classrooms and disciplines come together to study a topic that touches the entire curriculum.

A. No, although the superintendent (or his/her designee) is a trustee. We are a separate 501(c)3 with its own governing board, financial structure and bylaws. Our partnership with the district is extremely valuable, however, so that we can maintain a mutually beneficial relationship that ultimately benefits the students.

A. Williamston currently has two millages in effect: (1) Recreation, which maintains the community pool and its operations, and (2) the Sinking Fund Millage passed in 2014, which funds roof repair and replacement, boiler and air exchange replacements, safety measures, and the purchase of maintenance equipment for all buildings. Neither millage may be used to support academic programs. The Williamston Schools Foundation helps ensure that funding exists to continue to supplement the unique, innovative academic programs that have become some of the hallmarks of the district’s excellence – programs that often aren’t able to be covered by the district’s general fund budget.

A. Since 1981! We’re proud to be celebrating 35 years of success. We are the oldest public school foundation in Michigan.

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A. Boosters raise money for band or sports activities and scholarships. The PTSA often helps fund day-to-day needs, field trips and special events, among other things. WSF focuses on funding projects that provide high levels of innovative educational opportunities and academic excellence throughout our schools. The foundation also typically only funds projects that are not covered by the general fund budget.

A. A grant committee oversees the granting process. Teachers apply per established criteria, and the committee determines if the requested project is a fit with the foundation’s mission and budget. Close communication with the school district also helps WSF to know where needs are greatest.

A. We are run by a voluntary board of directors made up of administrators, teachers, parents and business representatives from the community. We also have a part-time foundation coordinator who handles day-to-day needs.

A. WSF receives no tax dollars as part of its revenues. We are a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. But with increasing demands for school support, coupled with steady decreases in state funding, revenue from taxes barely covers day-to-day operational costs. Unfortunately, we know this trend will continue and places an even greater burden on our schools. Whether a student’s imagination is sparked by a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts, the planting of seeds to create a community garden, joining peers at a model United Nations summit, or learning life skills by using iPads to research recipes and grocery prices, we have the ability to make a difference. If we want to continue to provide innovative and diverse programming that has been the hallmark of WCS for current and future students, we must develop a consistent method of supporting educational initiatives.

A. You can support the foundation in many ways:

  1. Filling out a contribution form to make a pledge or one-time gift by check or credit card.
  2. Request information about leaving WSF in your will or estate plans or making a gift of stocks.
  3. Volunteer on our golf outing, raffle or community outreach committees.
  4. Make sure your teachers are aware of the foundation, and ask if they are considering any grant requests.
  5. Attend our fundraisers, and bring your friends!
  6. Donate items to our silent auction, lasagna dinner, golf outing, etc.
  7. Tell your friends, family and colleagues about WSF.

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US

Personal or Corporate Contributions – Make a tax-deductible gift today of any amount directly to the foundation online, in person or by mail.

Payroll Deduction – Contribute via Capital Area United Way or Williamston Community Schools.

Fundraising – Participate in our events or become a sponsor.

Memorials – Honor loved ones and carry on their legacy while benefiting education through memorial contributions.

Planned Gifts – Make WSF a beneficiary of some portion of your estate. We can help you learn more about this option, which is growing in popularity.

To contribute:

  • Donate through our secure website on the form on this page;
  • Contact us by phone or e-mail at 517-655-7513 or wsf@williamstonschoolsfoundation.org;
  • Mail your donation to Box 70, Williamston, MI 48895;
  • Buy an Education Wins! raffle ticket during basketball season or attend another WSF fundraiser;
  • Talk to your employer about becoming a matching donor, and we’ll work with you to set up a third-party fundraiser where you work;
  • Designate Williamston Schools Foundation as a recipient of memorials when a loved one passes.

If you are considering a planned gift, talk with your financial adviser or an estate planning attorney for direction. Then contact us so we can work together to find the most mutually beneficial arrangement. 

Williamston Schools Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by law. Please check with your tax advisor regarding your individual tax status.

Our Donors

The Williamston Schools Foundation relies upon the generous contributions of donors to fund enhanced educational opportunities at Williamston Community Schools. WSF would like to thank all our donors for their commitment to excellence in education. To learn more about how to donate to WSF, click on the How You Can Support Us tab under Funding.

WSF would like to recognize the following recent donors for their outstanding contributions:

Thank You!

Graff Chevrolet of Okemos, WSF Corporate Sponsor

Advantage Waypoint

Al Bordeau Insurance Agency

Aldi of Okemos

Alliance

ASAP Printing 

Bailey, Smith and Bailey

Barbara K. Johnson

Beth Ellen Browning Mugavero

Bill’s Wrecker and Radiator

Blair R. Harlan

Brian Ferris

Brian James Doyle

Brookshire Inn & Golf Club

Bug Busters of Michigan

Campbell Family

Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic

Charles and Kathy Hasemann

CGNB Group Merrill Lynch

College Fields Golf Club

Culver’s of Okemos

Daniels Family

Dart Container Corporation

D & W Fresh Market  

Dean Transportation/Dean Trailways of MI

Deborah Sleight

Derek Gauss

Dollar Times

Douglas J Day Spa & Salon, Okemos

Eby Dental Care

Edward Jones of Williamston

Elizabeth A. Bogdan-Lovis

Gordon Food Service

Gordon Wenk

Gregory M. Maxson, DDS, PC

Hasemann Family

Heather Travis  

The Henry Ford

Impression 5 Science Center

Jeanne Van Wieren

Dr. Joan Wright

Janus Agency Insurance

Jason Pelletier

Dr. Jeffrey Lonier

John W. Smith

Karen Clock Wenk

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center

Kevin R. Eisenbeis

LaFollette Custom Homes

Lansing Sanitary Supply

Lions Club #4595

Lippee Family

Lonier Family Dentistry DDS, PLLC

Lounsbury Golf League

Louis F. Lopez

Meijer 

Michael and Patricia Hetherington

Michigan Retailers Association

Mid-Michigan MRI

MSU Federal Credit Union

Murphy Family 

Northern Home Improvement

Oak Lane Golf Course

P.I. Engineering  

Precision Motor Transport Group

PS Food Market of Williamston

Red Cedar Grill

Sharon B. Conroy

Sue Chatterly 

SME

Schultink Family 

Sesti Family 

Smith Family

Somerville Family 

Spagnuolo’s

Spag’s Bar and Grill

Sparrow Pharmacy Plus

Stiles Landscape and Lawncare

Story Family

Studio Shop

Target of Okemos

The Ticket Machine

Tina Brookhouse Fitness

Tom and Rhonda Coon

Tom’s Food Center

Vivee’s Floral Garden

West Family Farms

Dr. William A. Lovis

Wealth Management Partners

Williamston Animal Clinic  

Williamston Community Pool & Fitness Center

Williamston Education Association

Williamston Sportspine

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IN

35

YEARS

$1.6 MILLION

Given

TO JUST 

4

SCHOOLS