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Engaging the community and fostering opportunity; two statements that embody what the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation is about. Thanks to our donors, community partners, and the dedication of the Fargo Public School District we are able to help students take full advantage of one of the best educations in the region. The Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation works to secure a variety of resources to enrich and enhance the quality of education provided by Fargo Public Schools that would otherwise not be possible through regular education funding. The Foundation is supported with tax-deductible annual and endowment gifts from alumni, businesses, service clubs, parents, current and former school district staff, and the Fargo community. We manage assets in excess of $3.3 million and annually distribute more than $500,000 to support Fargo Public Schools students, programs, and teachers.

The Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation was established in 2000 has been committed to supporting the following programs and projects:

Innovative Education, Literacy & Music Grants Great teachers help students become great. Research shows that an inspiring teacher is the most important school related factor influencing student achievement. Innovative education and literacy grants are available to provide classroom resources for innovative educational and literacy projects not funded by district, state, or federal monies.

Scholarships The Foundation administers scholarships on behalf of community businesses, families and organizations. Scholarships are made available through annual donations and investment income from endowed funds. Scholarships are established by people just like you, who wish to honor loved ones or to recognize someone who has made a difference in their lives.

Fargo Area Dollars for Scholars – Awards an average of 50 scholarships annually to deserving graduates of Fargo South, Fargo North, Davies, Woodrow Wilson, Oak Grove, and Shanley high schools. 

Adopt-A-School Program – Connects volunteer business partners with schools to assist with reading and after-school programs, tutoring, mentoring, community service projects, and other meaningful educational activities.

Critical Needs Program – The Critical Needs Program is organized by the Foundation to ensure that each and every student who needs help with basic needs receives support. When basic or critical needs such as appropriate clothing for inclement weather, school supplies, meals, health related needs, snack and milk break are not met, students struggle to learn and receive a valuable education.

Alumni Network – Provides a variety of ways for alumni to stay connected to Fargo Public Schools by maintaining a database of alumni; assisting with class reunions; hosting an alumni website; and publishing an alumni newsletter.

Special Fundraising Projects – Provides support by tracking donations to newly established programs and other special projects that coincide with our mission to provide Fargo Public School students with enriched and enhanced educational opportunities.

Seeds For Hope, Walk Into My Future Event – The Foundation supports the Seeds For Hope Walk Into My Future event which connects K-5 youth to local post-secondary institutions, career discovery, and campus exploration.

2019-20 Impacts...Thank You!

  • 34 Innovative Ed, Literacy & Music Grants

    Totaling $50,108

  • 116 Scholarships Funded

    Totaling $100,600

  • 3,500 Students Receiving Critical Needs Help

    Totaling $169,951

  • All 2019-20 Emergency Lunch Debt Covered

    Funds Raised $52,615

Thank you to our Adopt-A-School Partners!


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