About Us

About Us

Our Mission

The I.R.S. recognizes the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation as a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

The Bellingham Public School Foundation (BPSF) partners with the community to build awareness and support to help fund the best possible education for all students in Bellingham Public Schools.

Helping to Make The Bellingham Promise a Reality

The Foundation helps to bridge the gap between basic education funding provided by the State of Washington and what is needed to meet the Bellingham School District’s goals of academic excellence in accordance with its strategic plan, The Bellingham Promise.

School foundations play a crucial role for many school districts across that nation by serving as a reliable source of funds and stability in times of need through annual giving and well-managed endowments. Conversely, school foundations can greatly augment the student experience by helping to fully deliver on the promise of an excellent education for all.

We believe great teaching with strong support is vital.  Our monies will support the four pillars that comprise the key strategies outlined by the district in the Bellingham Promise:

  • A One Schoolhouse Approach
  • Innovation and Flexibility
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Student, Family and Community Engagement

In concert with Bellingham Public Schools, the Foundation:

  • Supports the community’s interest and investment in public schools by articulating giving opportunities that align with district priorities, and cultivating support for new and/or unmet needs.
  • Acts as an agent for reducing the achievement gap by recognizing and addressing disparities between district schools and aligning funding with need.
  • Creates functional partnerships with other community organizations with similar interests to increase cooperation and support, reducing redundancy and confusion.

You can learn more about the Bellingham Promise by clicking HERE.