About Us

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The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation designed to enhance the quality of education in Champaign-Urbana through community support of the public schools.  The Foundation’s goal, in working with two school systems cooperatively, is to make a difference in our schools by providing valuable new opportunities for our students and teachers.  By providing the “venture capital” for sound and innovative ideas in education, the Foundation aims to strengthen the ability of our schools to prepare our students for the rest of their lives. As of FY16, CUSF has disbursed over $1,600,000.00 of locally-raised dollars to our schools, via grants, targeted gifts and scholarships. We have served thousands of children as a result.

The supporters of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) are committed to enriching the community by encouraging educational initiatives and facilitating excellence in education in the public schools of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. In 2013, CUSF announced it’s strategic refocusing to support Student Achievement.  All aspects of our activities will support student achievement through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and health and wellness.  Teacher grants, special programs, passthroughs and district support will enhance the strategic goals of CUSF.

Our Mission:

We elevate the excellence in Champaign and Urbana public schools by investing in educators and students.

Our Vision:

We will change lives by partnering with the Champaign and Urbana public schools to provide students and educators with the resources to create the best educational opportunities.

For more information about the CU Schools Foundation or The I.D.E.A. Store, and how you might get involved, contact the office at 217-398-2873 or email us. You can find additional information about our programs through the links below.


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