The PPS Parent Fund
Funded by the PPS parent community, the PPS Parent Fund provides needed financial support to high-need PPS schools.
In 1994-95, on the heels of Measure 5’s cuts to public education, parents from a number of Portland schools asked the Portland Public School Board to allow them to create a vehicle for raising private dollars to support teaching and staff positions at their schools. The Portland School Board allowed for the creation of “local school foundations” at all of Portland’s public schools. The School Board also required that an “Equity Fund” be established. One-third of all funds raised (after the first $10,000) by Local School Foundations is set aside in the PPS Parent Fund that The Fund for PPS will now steward and distribute to high-need schools using a data-driven formula; a formula that will be examined each year to ensure the funds are reaching the highest need schools.