Indianapolis, IN—The Dearborn County Retired Teachers Foundation, Inc. was one of nearly 100 of Indiana’s public school education foundation leaders attending the 22nd Annual Indiana Association of Public Education Foundations (INAPEF) Conference in Indianapolis September 11.
Attendees heard presentations covering a variety of topics designed to improve education foundations’ fundraising capabilities, governance, operations, and community collaborations.
Indiana’s public education foundations provide opportunities for donors to give back to their schools by funding teacher and classroom grants, student scholarships, and district-wide initiatives. Education foundations play an important role in Indiana communities, connecting private citizens with public education and providing resources to classrooms that otherwise would not be possible.
Statewide, INAPEF member education foundations raised more than $16 million during the past year to invest back in their districts, teachers, classrooms, and students. Locally the retired teachers and their very generous business sponsors gave active teachers and their classrooms over $7000 to use for their classroom for materials not provided for in the school budget. Innovative and creative teaching strategies are encouraged.
Betty Bourquein, Director of the Dearborn County Retired Teachers Foundation, shared in a presentation with Justin Hirnisey, Director of Hamilton Southeast Schools Foundation, on the topic of “Finding and Utilizing Your Volunteers.”