Who We Are

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for increased educational opportunities, achievement, and equity for all Portland Public Schools students and staff. Our vision is to strengthen schools through community investment. We believe that if our community comes together to support educational enrichment and innovation, together we can ensure that PPS students will be fully prepared to participate and succeed in a diverse and ever-changing world.


What We do

Strategizing with PPS leaders

FPPS helps make the vision and goals of the district a reality, such as:

  • Increased STEM programming and opportunities
  • Providing arts and cultural experiences
  • Increased translation and interpretation capacity
Addressing Unmet Needs of our Schools

When the Portland Public Schools needs help, FPPS is there. For example, our Families in Crisis and Food Funds exist to provide emergency, one time rental, utility, and/or medical relief and culturally appropriate groceries and prepared meals for vulnerable PPS families.




Accelerating and Deepening Systemic Change

Equity as at the center of the Portland Promise, the PPS strategic plan. We are committed to the work of rooting out systemic and ongoing inequities in our schools. Recently, FPPS fundraising and community building supported these efforts:

  • Recruiting, hiring, retaining, and accelerating the careers of teachers of color
  • Professional development for staff
  • Development of culturally responsive curriculum


Community Engagement

We are the fiscal sponsor and umbrella organization for Portland Empowered. This project champions student and parent voice with a specific focus on engaging those who have historically been under-represented.  We reduce barriers and create opportunities for emerging youth and adult leaders so that youth in Portland public schools are successful in school and beyond.