Contributing to one of our funds is a powerful way to make a difference for students in our schools.

Homeless Education Fund

Typically, between 225 and 325 students enrolled in Corvallis public schools are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. These students face daily challenges that can curtail their ability to succeed in school. Your donations fund emergency assistance and supportive services such as school tutoring, help with transportation, and access to weekend meals.

Graduation Rate Fund

Creating pathways to graduation – it’s what we’re all about. Working closely with school leadership, we fund summer programs and other interventions that will bring real, measurable outcomes for hundreds of students. Examples include Kindergarten Academy, middle school math camp, summer credit recovery, after-school STEM clubs, and college and career readiness programs. Since 2013, graduation rates have risen from 67 percent to 89 percent — and counting. Your donation fuels this positive momentum.

Learning Enrichment Fund

Each fall, we fund grants for educators to foster deeper learning and engagement of students. These grants promote innovative ideas that inspire and excite kids. From musical instruments to hands-on science opportunities, these awards are an important source of support for classrooms and programs. Since 1997, we have funded over $600,000 in enrichment grants. Your donations to this fund make a difference in classrooms throughout the district.

Mario and Alma Pastega Professional Development Fund

The Mario and Alma Pastega Professional Development Fund provides grants for educators seeking to expand their tools and capacity through further training. Foundation staff work closely with school district leadership to identify strategic opportunities to support new teachers, mentors, and professional development opportunities. An investment in educators is an investment in kids.

Student Opportunity for Success Fund

More than one-third of students in Corvallis participate in the free/reduced meal program, which serves as a proxy for economic hardship. Students navigating poverty need assistance with various educational expenses and  basic needs in order to participate fully in school. The Foundation’s SOS fund supplies emergency clothing, eye exams, glasses, school supplies, hygiene items, food for the weekend, and other necessities on a case-by-case basis. It also covers fees for field trips, after-school activities, advanced placement and SAT tests, and other costs.

Endowed Funds

Barbara E. Fry Endowed Fund

This fund was established by retired teacher Barbara Fry to provide funding for K-5 students to participate in art, dance, music, and the communication arts, visits to concerts, museums, and plays. It is specifically to support the “average” student and since its inception has been a funding source for CPSF learning enrichment grants.

Better World Endowment for Equity and Inclusion

Established in 2017 through the generosity of Gifts for a Better World, the Better World Endowment for Equity and Inclusion supports full participation in school for students navigating poverty and other difficult circumstances. Funds help meet basic needs and cover fees that would otherwise inhibit participation in school activities. This fund also support programs and projects geared toward supporting historically underserved and underrepresented students and promoting equity and inclusion.

Bicycle Safety Education Endowed Fund

This fund was established by the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club to provide sustaining funding for bicycle safety education offered in Corvallis public schools. Additional gifts to this fund will help provide future students the opportunity to learn to ride safely and responsibly.

Corvallis High School Class of 1966 Student Participation Fund

This fund was established by the CHS class of 1966 on the occasion of their 50th high school reunion. The purpose of the fund is to support basic needs and educational and enrichment opportunities for students navigating poverty. The fund may be used to encourage participation in school-sponsored endeavors and activities such as the arts, athletics, culture, and technology, and to provide any other assistance to enable students to achieve an enriching experience while a student at CHS.

Doris L. Myers Memorial Endowed Fund

This fund was established in memory of Doris L. Myers, a longtime school district employee. The fund supports innovative learning projects through the CPSF learning enrichment grants program. Additional gifts to this fund will ensure continued support for innovative approaches to learning.

Harold and Alma Moldenke Outdoor School Endowed Fund

This fund was established by Alma Moldenke in honor and memory of her husband, Dr. Harold N. Moldenke to support the school district’s Outdoor School and environmental education programs. Additional gifts to this fund will ensure continuing support of environmental education of Corvallis students.

Mario and Alma Pastega Golden Apple Endowed Fund

Established in 1996 by Mario Pastega, this fund provides cash awards to teachers as part of the annual Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apple Awards recognize outstanding achievements by district teachers and staff and are managed by the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation.

Midge Mueller Fund

This fund was established in 2015 in memory of Midge Mueller, a former math teacher who loved teaching middle school students. This fund offers assistance to middle school students who need extra support with math education.

Zel Brook Art Project Endowed Fund

Zel Brook and Bradley Whiting established the Art Project Endowment to support the creation of projects in the fine arts of sculpture, painting, and drawing, including murals or other works of mixed media such as tile by students in the Corvallis public schools. Funds may also be used to support permanent installation of a project in a Corvallis public school. Additional gifts to this fund will ensure continuing support for student art projects.