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York Public Schools | August 17, 2018

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YPS Foundation

Assisting to preserve and/or enhance the quality of education for YPS students”
Established- 2007
501(c)(3) Non-profit organization

Two factors in the past few years have pushed the YPS Foundation to seek out more ways raise money to meet our mission.

  • Lack of adequate state funding for education
  • Increase in property taxes

The above-mentioned reasons  make it difficult for YPS to meet meet student needs while also keeping taxpayer increases at the forefront of budget-making decisions.

 “Luck of the Draw” was our first major fundraiser on April 27, 2018. It was a reverse drawing limited to 300 tickets with a prize of $5000. Thanks to the efforts of many and the support of local businesses, it was a great success. We raised almost $10,000. We are now involved in our first annual fundraising drive. The main purpose of this first annual drive is to bring awareness of the Foundation to alumni and the public in general and, depending on the support, to be able to establish an endowment fund so that the Foundation is able to support YPS projects as needed in the future. Except for the “Luck of the Draw” last April, all of our fundraisers have been either meal deals or working concessions which brought in enough to grant some individual classroom requests and help set up the Phil-Anthropy account in Phil Towle’s honor.  We haven’t set a specific goal for this year, nor have we determined what the amount would be for the establishment of a viable endowment fund; but we are reaching out to local financial advisors who might be interested in investing that money in order to get their recommendations.

Please consider becoming a donor. The following donor levels have been established as Friends of the Foundation:

  Friend – $25-$99                  Builder – $250 – $499                  Navy & Gold – $1000 – $2,499
Believer – $100 – 249               Founder – $500 – $999             Forever a Duke – $2500 & above


using PayPal or print off this FORM and send it with your payment.


Projects which have been supported through funds donated to the Foundation by individuals, local organizations, graduated classes, and various other foundations include:
PLAY – computer software & camera; musical instruments; YES – Smartboards & laptops;  YMS – Smartboards, outdoor signs, landscaping; YHS – Interwrite boards, computers & software, theater headsets & wireless systems, outdoor signs, pole vault pit, band uniform bags, restoration of pictures, wrestling mats, security cameras, field house, science & social studies curriculum projects, library improvements, gym commons furniture, theater sound & lighting, greenhouse project


The York Public Schools Foundation launched “Project Phil-Anthropy” to honor Phil Towle, who passed away in April 2016.  Phil was a retired teacher, counselor, and coach.  He also served on the YPS Board of Education.  Nobody had more “Duke Pride” than Phil!

One of the many wonderful things Phil did was help those in need.  He made a difference in the lives of so many York Duke students by providing them with basic items that they couldn’t always afford on their own.  He often helped purchase school clothes, shoes, school supplies, prom tickets, activity passes, paid for haircuts, and lots of other items that are important to our young people.

We spent about $6,000 during the 2016-17 school year on students in need.  Items purchased included clothes, socks, shoes, food, and educational supplies.  We have many students in need and continue to try to help as many of them as possible.

In addition to the general fundraising goal of the YPS Foundation, the annual goal for the Phil-Anthropy project is $7,500.  This would allow us to spend $2,500 on students in each of our three school buildings and maintain a positive balance in this account so this program is sustainable for many years to come.  We have students that come to school hungry each morning.  We have students that would benefit from an afternoon snack before they go home.  We will buy numerous jackets as the weather gets colder.  There are many needs.

If you’re interested in being part of “Project Phil-Anthropy,” you can make out checks to the York Public Schools Foundation and mail them to York Public Schools at 1715 N. Delaware Avenue.  Please put ATTN: “Project Phil-Anthropy” on the envelope and/or check.

All money collected will go into a fund that will purchase and provide items for students in need just like Phil would’ve done if he was still with us.  A committee of school personnel and Foundation members will oversee the account and determine purchases.

Please feel free to contact any of the following YPS Foundation members with questions, comments, and/or concerns.

YPS Foundation Board of Directors:  Dr. Pat Hotovy, President, Kent Rauert, Vice-President, Lori Suddarth, Secretary, Jean Vincent, Treasurer, Derek Dauel, Don Keelan-White, Gayla Knight, Amie Kopcho, Tony North, Sally Ruben, Barb Skaden, Dr. Mike Lucas, Ex officio member


There is an ongoing effort to gather contact information on YHS graduates in order to establish a data base for the Foundation.  Those who are in possession of class contact information are encouraged to contact the Foundation through the YPS District office at (402) 362-6655 x 4.

If you would like to financially support the York Public Schools Foundation, donations are accepted at the YPS District Office.  Please feel free to stop by or mail your donation to:
York Public Schools Foundation
Attn:  Gayla Knight
1715 N. Delaware Ave.
York, NE  68467
gayla.knight@yorkdukes.org

Thank you in advance for your support!