Mission and Vision

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.


CU 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 is to make a difference in our schools by providing valuable new opportunities for our students and teachers.

As of FY17, CUSF has funded over $1,700,000.00 of locally-raised dollars to our schools, through grants, targeted gifts, scholarships and endowed funds. We have served thousands of children as a result.

“When you fund these kinds of projects, it is like a cheerleading squad helping us as teachers find the stamina to fit the extra work of organizing and planning into our already packed schedules. With funds made available through these grants we can focus on pulling together the many other parts of this project.

For the students, this is new and different. It provides them cutting edge experience with issues of food production, nutrition and ecological awareness all wrapped into one- packaged in ways they can purposefully plug into the issues central to their lives and future. And they LEARN…things they never dreamed they’d learn about chickens, soil, their own creativity, plants, bugs, tastes, sounds, textures, smells, colors…and the sense of community that becomes established when working together for a common good purpose.

Thank you for partnering with us through funding. We couldn’t do these projects without you.”

Julie Anders
Edison Middle School science teacher

Julie Anders was the lead teacher on our 2016-2017 Collaborative Grant–Creating Sustainable Nutrition through Education

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