History of Linn-Mar School Foundation
Community leaders joined together in 1985 to create the Linn-Mar School Foundation. Its original by-laws state that the Foundation’s purpose is to “maintain, develop, increase, and extend the facilities and service of the Linn-Mar Community School District, and to provide broader educational service opportunities to its students, staff, faculty and the residents of the geographical area which it serves” (excerpt from the Linn-Mar School Foundation’s Corporate Record dated December 13, 1985).
Many things have changed in the past 27 years; however, the Foundation’s purpose is more relevant today than ever before. An excellent public education system requires private support. The Foundation’s founders recognized this fact a quarter of a century ago. They put in place a support system to ensure that Linn-Mar Community Schools could grow, expand and excel with the help of private and corporate donors.
The first Foundation fund-raiser generated over $2,000. Since that time, the Foundation has implemented and sustains several successful fundraising programs. It’s also well on its way to having a million dollar endowment.
In 2008, the Foundation launched Beyond, the Campaign for Linn-Mar’s Future to raise money for three endowed funds: the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fund, the GLOBE Fund for cultural and arts programs and the BOLD Fund to support broad, bold educational endeavors across the curriculum. Money from these and other endowed funds, as well as annual contributed support, is distributed to school programs throughout the district.
Over the years the Foundation has been instrumental in upgrading technology and library collections in most schools and meeting academic needs in individual classrooms and buildings. Current priorities align with the district’s goal to provide students with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to succeed in work and life in the 21st century. These skills include mastery of core subjects such as science, reading, history, language arts and math, as well as an understanding of global, cultural, health and civic issues.