Teacher Grants

Thank a Teacher Campaign

Learn more about our new Thank a Teacher campaign! We are taking our cancelled annual fundraising event Spring For Teachers online and to the community to show our gratitude, and raise support for our Teacher Grants program.School staff in Portland (teachers as well as ed techs, librarians, social workers, food services staff, maintenance crews, principals and others) are going above and beyond in this era of distance learning.

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Books to Homes

Books to Homes

All Portland Public School students deserve the opportunity to learn, dream, and grow during remote learning! The ‘Books to Homes’ fund serves our newest readers by getting high-interest, culturally responsive books safely into their homes and hands during this unprecedented time. Many of these students have limited access to books and educational resources at home.

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Families in Crisis

Families in Crisis

The Families in Crisis Fund helps the School District assist families with emergency needs. With the pandemic, this need has increased for the Portland School District's most vulnerable children and their families. Please consider making a gift TODAY!

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Mission, Vision and Goals

• The Foundation for Portland Public School’s Mission is to raise philanthropic support to enhance educational opportunities for present and future students in Portland’s Public Schools.

• FPPS Vision is to strengthen schools through community investment.

• FPPS Goals are Educational Enrichment, Classroom Innovation & Community Engagement.


PPS Food Fund Needs Donations!

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The families of many Portland Public Schools students are food insecure, and those students depend on daily school meals to get enough to eat. Our food insecure PPS families also can’t afford to stock up on food during this pandemic the way other more-advantaged families can. Donating to the PPS Food Fund can help get these families through this crisis.

The PPS Food Fund is a collaboration by the Foundation for PPS and Food Fuels Learning (FFL) to help ensure food security for PPS students and is made possible through generous donations by the community.

Families in Crisis Fund Needs Donations!

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The Families in Crisis Fund helps the School District assist families with emergency needs. With the pandemic, this need has increased for the Portland School District’s most vulnerable children and their families.

This fund allows the District to help families directly with basic needs other than food. The Families in Crisis Fund can be used to help Portland families who are experiencing unemployment to pay their rent, or to help students access internet data services for remote learning.

As the pandemic continues to impact disadvantaged families in different ways, the Families in Crisis Fund helps meet the needs of students as they arise.

Welcome to our new Executive Director!

Andrea (Andi) Weisman Summers comes to us from the Great Schools Partnership where she was Co-Director of Coaching. Great Schools Partnership is a national non-profit that supports public school improvement and innovation. Prior to that, she worked as a bilingual immigration advocate at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) for over six years. Andi’s other career experience  includes working as a teacher for ten years in Maine, Costa Rica, and Peru. She’s been a Portland resident for over 20 years, and her daughter has attended Portland Public Schools since kindergarten.

Andi’s background and experience make her uniquely qualified to lead us during this challenging time and beyond. Andi is connecting remotely with our team to ensure she gets up to speed quickly and thoroughly. We are proud to have her at the helm.