What We Fund

The Northshore Schools Foundation grants funds to the Northshore School District to support curriculum enhancements, innovative classroom grants, and scholarships for teachers seeking National Board Teacher Certification. Our five funding priorities are:



Strong reading and writing skills are at the heart of academic success in all subjects. They are also closely linked to future employment. Throughout our district, foundation grants pay for textbooks, classroom libraries and leveled books and teaching resources that enrich literacy education for students at all grade levels. Music, and art education are important priorities that we help fund because of their proven value within and beyond the classroom.


The 21st century workplace demands a labor force skilled in science, technology, engineering and math. In response, the Northshore School District offers curriculum and program innovations that seek to deliver the best in S.T.E.M. education. The Foundation works closely with the district’s Career and College Readiness Department to ensure that students and teachers have the technology, equipment, programs and local industry partnerships to offer a comprehensive S.T.E.M. experience within our schools.


National Board Certification for Teachers recognizes outstanding professional practice and identifies highly qualified teachers as leaders in their field. To date, over 100 Northshore School District teachers have earned this distinction. The foundation fosters teacher excellence by offsetting tuition costs for the University of Washington Mentorship Support Program, which supports teachers through the National Board Certification process.


Northshore School District strives to provide a world-class education to each of its more than 20,000 students. Rigorous curriculum and varied programs meet the individual needs of students and challenge them to excel academically. Programs include: Elementary Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Career and Technical Education, Special Education, and Homeless Services. The foundation has a long history of purchasing textbooks for advanced students as well as supplies and equipment for children with learning disadvantages. We also partner with the district to fund programs such as Natural Leaders and Hang Time, and support initiatives that address non- academic barriers to learning.


Since its inception, the Northshore Schools Foundation has sought to enrich and extend students’ educational experiences in many different ways through fitness, health and service learning.

How we grant money for the benefit of all Northshore students

The Northshore Schools Foundation works in close partnership with Northshore School District to more successfully meet the District’s needs. Fueled by input from the District, the foundation has adopted three funding categories:

Innovative Classroom Grants

“I, like many teachers, enjoy opportunities to be creative with curriculum, and instruction. As learning standards and curriculum become more fixed, teachers have fewer and fewer opportunities to create their own activities and lessons. I spent 2-4 hours assembling and creating [these] activities … and enjoyed every minute of it. I am looking forward to enhancing and improving [them] for next year. THANK YOU for funding this grant. It has and will continue to have a positive impact on student learning in Northshore.”
– 2009 Grant Recipient

Each year, the Foundation awards Classroom Grants throughout the district. These grants are applied for by district teachers and are designed to promote innovation and creativity.

Teacher Training and Certification

We support teachers in getting the training they need to be excellent teachers for our students. We fund scholarships to the UW Support group that supports teachers in the National Board Certification process and have set up a fund where teachers in that process can apply for paid time off to prepare for their exams.

District Curriculum Enhancements and Support

The district submits applications for funds to the Foundation for consideration. The Foundation board to insure that they are in alignment with our goals and priorities reviews applications. Funds are granted as they become available.

How we raise money for Northshore students

The Foundation is funded solely by private contributions. We hold several major fundraisers each year including:
All in for Kids Phonathon (Fall)
Pour for Northshore- Wine Walk
Light a Fire for Learning – Fundraising Luncheon (Spring)
Retired Staff Events (Spring)
Milk Money – Community Change Program (Spring)

We are sponsored by dozens of corporate and business sponsors and supporters often designate our cause through workplace giving and United Way campaigns.