“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”

- Marian Wright Edelman

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Make a Donation

The Council Bluffs Schools Foundation is a non-profit 501 c 3 organization. Your donation to any aspect of our organization is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Donations to the Council Bluffs Schools Foundation are used to pursue our mission of supporting the children, families, and staff of the Council Bluffs Community School District.

Where to Invest

Area of Greatest Need:

Your donation to this fund provides flexibility to respond to the most critical needs of the foundation, and support unfunded district programs. Areas may include:

  • Teacher, staff, and student recognition

  • Teacher and staff development

Educational Excellence Fund:

Your donation to this fund supports innovative programs that improve teaching and learning, ensure early academic success, and prepare graduates to succeed in college and careers. Areas may include:

  • Classroom grants

  • Early college academy

  • Career and technical education

  • Early literacy

Student Enrichment Fund:

Your donation to this fund supports programs that enhance the classroom learning experience by supporting children in need of assistance, and providing access to clubs, activities, arts, and cultural programming. Areas may include:

  • Uniforms

  • Instruments

  • Field trips, clubs, activities

  • School supplies

  • Clothing and basic needs

Special Projects and Capital Campaigns:

Your donation to special projects and capital campaigns helps the school district launch new and innovative educational programs, and create the facilities our students deserve. Projects are determined annually.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Council Bluffs Schools Foundation is proud to support the new TradeWorks Academy as our special project. By renovating and equipping two existing lab spaces at Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson high schools, the Council Bluffs Community School District will be able to offer orientation-level courses to freshman and sophomore students in Automotive and Diesel Technology, Carpentry and Construction, Electrical Systems, HVAC, Plumbing, and Welding. The curriculum will expose students to basic concepts and skills needed for all of the trades, and in partnership wit local businesses, meaningful work-based learning experiences, such as job shadowing, work site tours, and internships. Upon completion of TradeWorks Academy coursework, students will have the opportunity to enroll full-time at Iowa Western Community College and pursue a college-level career training certificate, diploma, or degree.

The Trades Academy will provide expanded opportunities for our students, and work to address workforce challenges in our community.

Click here for more information on the TradeWorks Academy, or contact us at (712) 322-8800.

Other Initiatives

In addition to our work supporting the Council Bluffs Community School District, we also collect donations for other projects and initiatives in our community, including the Dream Playground Project, the 5th Grade Rotary Career Fair, and the Southwest Iowa Leadership Academy.

Our Programs

Alumni & Friends: Connecting, engaging, and informing supporters of the district.
STARS Scholarship program - an Iowa West Foundation Initiative: Supporting low-income adult parents in pursuit of college degrees, professional licenses or certificates.
Kids & Company: Caring school-aged childcare in a safe and enriching environment.

Scholarships: Assisting graduates of the Council Bluffs Community School District with college scholarships.

Ways to Invest

The Council Bluffs Schools Foundation offers a variety of ways to give, from cash donations to estate planning and more. Our staff can help you determine the best investment option.