Educational Excellence Fund
Curiosity is at the center of a lifelong love of learning. At IPSF, we believe in nurturing the spark of curiosity within each child to grow and discover their unique gifts, talents, and passions. Thanks to parent and community support of the Educational Excellence Fund, Irvine students benefit from leading-edge educational resources and opportunities to prepare them for long-term academic and career success.
All contributions to IPSF are tax-deductible, and thanks to a challenge grant from the City of Irvine, all contributions are matched dollar for dollar, doubling the impact to our students.
Every child deserves to have access to educational excellence – it takes a community dedicated to education to make it possible. Help support the curiosity in each child by making a donation to IPSF today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the Educational Excellence Fund money go?
The Educational Excellence Fund raises funds to help IUSD (Irvine Unified School District) provide each student in every school a world-class educational experience. Since 1996, IPSF has donated more than $90 million to support Irvine schools in critical areas including classroom support, mental health, music, STEAM, and health & wellness. For a detailed view of funding made possible from parent and community donations, see the graphic below.
Why should I give?
Your participation is important. Despite being one of the lowest funded districts in the country, we are fortunate to have one of the largest educational foundations in the state and a community that values education, which have worked together to bridge the gap in funding. When you contribute to IPSF, you support not only your child, but every child in IUSD by investing in their future. The success of IPSF and IUSD depends on the generous support of our entire community!
How much should I give?
Only you can decide what level of support is right for your family. We encourage every family to consider giving at least $50, but all amounts are welcome and appreciated. Together we can make a difference!
What is the City of Irvine match and how does it work?
The City of Irvine has generously committed to matching every donation to IPSF – dollar for dollar – up to $1.3 million. That means that if you contribute $50 to the campaign, $100 will go to the students of Irvine. The impact of your gift will be doubled! No action is required on your end to engage the match, IPSF takes care of all reporting to the City.
Can I spread my commitment over the year?
Contributions may be setup on a reoccurring monthly basis online at www.ipsf.net. A gift paid in installments can ease the financial strain of a one-time donation and afford the donor the opportunity to make a larger contribution over time.
What is the difference between PTA and IPSF?
Although separate organizations, IPSF and Irvine Unified Council PTA share one common goal: work with IUSD to ensure excellence in education. While PTA’s primary mission is advocacy, they also raise funds to support individual schools. IPSF’s primary mission is to provide programs and funding to support district-wide programs at every school. With our different structures, Irvine has great opportunities to support both and together give students what they need to succeed.
What IPSF does:
IPSF’s annual grant to IUSD pays for staff expenses such as teacher salaries. For example, teachers, instructional assistants, mental health professionals, nurses, and athletic trainers were funded in part by IPSF. IPSF programs take place at schools throughout the district, ensuring equal access for all students. For example, Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE), Summer classes and camps, and Instrument Rental. All donations to IPSF are eligible to be matched by the City of Irvine.
What PTA does:
PTA funds site-specific needs, such as equipment and supplies. For example, classroom and art materials, library books, computers and technology purchases, school equipment, and enrichment programs. Most PTA programs are focused at the school site. Examples include assemblies, playground activities, parent education, family nights, jog-a-thons, and book fairs.