What is the Victoria ISD Education Foundation?
The VISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a link between the school district and our community. Led by a volunteer board of directors, the Foundation raises monies to fund projects that exceed state mandates to provide learning experiences that motivate our students and further their education. The mission of the Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to VISD that enrich teaching, inspire learning and enhance opportunities for students to become contributing members of our society.
The Foundation does not replace lost state funding or take the place of the district's operating budget. Still, it does provide monies for those projects and activities that go beyond the typical classroom experience. As a result, every one of VISD's campuses has received money from the Foundation.
What does the Foundation fund?
The Foundation underwrites Grants for Great Ideas: An innovative grant program specifically for VISD funds classroom and school projects teachers create to enhance student learning. Since the program's inception in 2009, almost $500,000 has been awarded to 174 projects! As a result, the Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in Victoria that significantly influences children's academic lives.
In August of 2021, the Foundation awarded over $49,000 to various project types, including a multisensory special needs summer camp, book vending machines for behavior modification, a cross-campus scientific inquiry program, advanced robotics, and theatre and a digital art project to increase self-awareness and relationship skills.
In addition to grant funding, the VISD Education Foundation facilitates numerous scholarships to graduating seniors through generous donors and sponsors a student leadership scholarship. Further student-based support is offered through a dual credit program with Victoria College and the Victoria College Foundation.
Additional funding to Victoria ISD is made as the need and opportunity arise.