The Fund for Portland Public Schools

 Portland Public Schools (PPS) is involved in an exciting period of change. In the fall of 2017, Guadalupe Guerrero began his tenure as the District’s new Superintendent, with a focus on orienting Portland’s school system toward a 21st century system that provides all students with an equitable, inspired, intellectually rigorous educational experience to prepare them to succeed and thrive. In the fall of 2018, Superintendent Guerrero and the Board of Education launched an ambitious process to develop a community informed vision for the future of public education in Portland. Finalized in June 2019, this vision provides a framework to continue the strategic transformation of our school system over the next decade.

Our vision--the District’s community promise--will continue to require a well-coordinated effort involving multiple stakeholders throughout the region. It will encourage business, philanthropic, and civic leaders to become inspired and take action to support, contribute, and hold themselves accountable for better outcomes for all public school students in PPS.

To build on this coordinated effort, we established The Fund for Portland Public Schools with a focus on building and accelerating the identification, cultivation, and strengthening of strategic relationships with those who will serve as investment partners in a citywide movement to create a world-class public school system. This organization’s core function is to create, coordinate, and facilitate public, private, and philanthropic partnerships that foster equitable opportunities and benefits for PPS students. Specifically, our focus is to provide Portland Public Schools, the largest district in the state of Oregon serving close to 50,000 students by:

  1. Building a Robust Generosity Network. Cultivate, solicit, and steward high-impact philanthropic investors and strategic partners that promote a bold, innovative, and comprehensive K-12 education system in Portland.

  2. Steward Strategic Investments and Partnerships. Establish and nurture long-lasting collaborative relationships between PPS and our portfolio of philanthropic investors and strategic partners, including curating volunteer efforts that provide intentional and meaningful support for school communities and central office teams.

  3. Manage the Local School Foundations. All PPS Schools have a “Local School Foundation” to raise dedicated funds for staffing at their schools. A portion of funds raised would be set aside to benefit schools that have limited capacity to raise parent funds to be used to supplement school staffing.

 The Fund for PPS is modeled after many institutions of higher education, both in approach and structure. The University of Oregon Foundation is the 501(c)(3) auxiliary organization of the University of Oregon that coordinates financial investments to assist the university in meeting its educational mission. The University Advancement Team at the University of Oregon leads these efforts to create awareness, build long-term relationships, and facilitate charitable giving. 


Founding Documents

The Fund for Portland Public Schools’ EIN # 84-2040549.

When the IRS approves a filed exemption application, exempt status is recognized back to the date the organization was created. Thus, while an application is pending, the organization can treat itself as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3). - IRS Website