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Foundation’s “Funding Future Dreams” Giving Campaign Seeks Donations

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Carson City, Nev. (March 1, 2023) The Carson City Schools Foundation (CCSF), in support of the Carson City School District, is asking community donors to contribute to its annual giving campaign “Funding Future Dreams”, which will support the teacher mini-grant and department/school-site grants; student materials for the JumpStart program, and exam fees for Advanced Placement (AP) students.

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From now through June 30, 2023, the foundation is looking for community sponsorships to help contribute to student and teacher programming and material costs for the upcoming school year. For more information on how to make a contribution, please click here.

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“We had a huge outpouring of support with our fundraising efforts last year for teacher mini-grants and the JumpStart program, and this year we are rebranding our annual giving campaign to be more inclusive and include AP students.” Steven Reynolds, the chairperson of the CCSF Board, said. “There is no doubt this year’s “Funding Future Dreams” campaign will continue to offer tremendous value to our students, their families, and our local workforce.”

Last year, the fundraising campaign for JumpStart raised nearly $28,000 for students, exceeding the initial goal of $24,000. The foundation’s goal this year is to raise a total of $60,000: $20K for teacher/department/school grants, $20K for books and materials for JumpStart students, and $20K for exam fees for AP students.

The JumpStart College program is a dual-enrollment opportunity for high school students to experience college courses through WNC while simultaneously earning high school credits. JumpStart College participants are able to complete up to 60 college credits through WNC, often earning them an associate’s degree around the same time they earn their high school diploma. Earning an associate’s degree while simultaneously graduating from high school helps participants save nearly two years’ worth of money in college tuition.

Taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams in high school help students pass off college-level curricula and earn college credits that save time and money on tuition. These classes are designed to stretch minds and grow connections to better prepare students for a rigorous college course load. In some cases, students can even skip certain introductory college courses if they score well enough on their AP exams.

AP exams cost as much as $95 per test, and the approximate cost for materials for JumpStart hovers around $160 per student. Contributing to the foundation will help offset these costs in the school district’s general fund and alleviate costs to students and parents.

CCSF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community involvement and investment in the public schools of Carson City. This project is one of the many results of the “Empower Carson City 2022 Strategic Plan”, a five-year strategic plan for extraordinary schools built by the community of Carson City.

CCSF was created to increase student achievement through philanthropic investment and involvement. Established by the Carson City School District’s Board of Trustees, the foundation promotes education programs that traditional funding sources may not be able to reach.

For more information about the CCSF, please visit ccschoolsfoundation.org. To make a contribution with your credit card, click here, or you may also donate by sending a check to the Carson City Schools Foundation at P.O. Box 92, Carson City, Nevada 89702. To view an informational video, please click here.


In 2015 a group of individuals from the community came together to form a 501(c)3 foundation to support the Carson City School District’s goal of increasing student achievement through community philanthropic investment and involvement.  Serving at the pleasure of the superintendent and the school board, The Carson City Schools Foundation leadership works to be a vehicle for community investment in education that traditional funding sources might not be able to reach.

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As a result of the community’s generosity, from 2016 through 2022 the foundation has donated $110,994 for classroom projects, student aid, department projects, school projects, new teacher support, and the Jump Start Program. As of the Fall 2022 grant period, the foundation has donated $44,223.14 through the following programs (Click here for full list of awardees)

  • Classroom Mini Grants – $1,300 (6 grants)
  • School-wide Grants – $10,000 (5 grants)
  • Jump Start College-readiness Program – $32,223.14

We hope you will take the time to view the video below to learn more about the Foundation and our work. We also encourage you to explore this website to learn more about what we have accomplished so far, how we achieve our goals, and how you can participate as a donor and supporter.

This project is one of the many results of the “Empower Carson City 2017″ Strategic Plan – a five-year strategic plan built by the community for creating extraordinary schools, and now renewed as “Empower Carson City 2022“.

For more information, or to contact the Board of Directors, please email info@ccschoolsfoundation.org. To donate to our grant and scholarship programs, or to the Foundation General Fund, click here: Targeted Donation

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Some of Our Supporters

  • Greater Nevada Credit Union
  • RCM Realty Group
  • Biomat USA
  • Micromanipulator
  • Lyon Family Trust
  • Campagni Auto Group
  • Allison MacKenzie
  • Southwest Gas Corporation
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