The Beginning

Engaged community leaders with the passion to support education at Linn-Mar joined together in 1985 to create a sustainable way to help support the rapidly growing enrollment in our district and develop a funding partner to the Linn-Mar Community School District. They knew then the level of academic excellence we have at Linn-Mar would continue to attract families to the district and our student enrollment would continue to grow.

Many things have changed since 1985; 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 and 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 giving.

As we like to say, It Takes a Community to build a Lion!

Since the early days, the Foundation has implemented and sustains several successful fundraising programs and a growing million dollar endowment. In 1995 the Foundation launched the Make It Happen campaign to raise $350,000 to supplement technology funding and create computer labs in our schools.

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.

A few words for the Board President….

Education is the foundation upon which we build our future, which makes the value of a strong and progressive education incomputable.  As a parent of students in the Linn-Mar Community School District, I see this value first hand.  I am proud to have my children educated in the Linn-Mar District, which consistently ranks in the top five schools in Iowa based on performance tests and college and career readiness.  

The gifted educators in the Linn-Mar District are preparing our students with 21st Century skills for whatever path they chose to take after Linn-Mar.  Our district is developing community leaders by providing innovative programs & curriculum, exposure to 21st Century technology and career areas and enrichment opportunities.  However, public funding and taxation alone cannot always adequately meet the needs of our rapidly growing district.

The Linn-Mar School Foundation is our chance to support our Linn-Mar schools by providing the necessary funds to help bridge the funding gap and continue Linn-Mar’s tradition of educational excellence.  By partnering with the Linn-Mar School Foundation, you will be able to assist our educators in growing future leaders in our community.  

Thank you for your support,




Barry Frantz
2017-2018 Board President