Mission, Vision and Goals

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

• FPPS’s Vision is to strengthen schools through community investment.

• FPPS’s Goals are educational enrichment, classroom innovation & community engagement.


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Welcome Portland Empowered

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools is proud to be the fiscal sponsor of Portland Empowered. Portland Empowered champions student and parent voice with a specific focus on engaging those who have historically been under-represented.

They reduce barriers and create opportunities for emerging youth and adult leaders so that youth in Portland Public Schools are successful in school and beyond. PE supports Youth (YEPs) and Parent (PEPs) Engagement Partners which both enable students and parents to organize together and act as change makers and advocates in their schools and communities.

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.

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.

Spring for Teachers

Throughout the Pandemic, Portland Public School Staff have gone above and beyond providing our children with stability and enriching educational experiences in person and online. Teachers and staff need your support now more than ever.

Thank them with a gift to the Equity and Innovation Teacher Grants Programs online spring event, “Spring for Teachers”. This program provides funds directly to teachers for innovative and creative projects to enhance learning. A gift to Spring for Teachers recognizes, rewards, and supports teachers’ work to inspire students and respond to their needs.

  • The Foundation for Portland Public Schools is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
  • Our Federal Tax ID: #22-3179738
  • We are registered with a charitable organization license in the State of Maine
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