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Meridian Education Foundation

The MERIDIAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION, as the name suggests, has as its mission to help support the charitable efforts of not for profit organizations throughout the Meridian School District.

What is the Meridian Education Foundation?

The Foundation is governed by a seven member volunteer Board of Directors from across the geographic area of the school district.  It operates as a tax-deductible, not-for-profit organization, completely independent of the Meridian Unit School District.  The challenge is now up to us to continue the growth of this venture.  The Board manages the resources as an endowment.  It distributes the earnings in grants to the greatest need within the Meridian School District.  The Board approves grants from its designated and unrestricted funds in response to applications from community organizations or at the recommendation of the donors.  It also serves as the neutral leader with no affiliation with any group, religion, or political or government entity.

What is the Mission?

Please help the MERIDIAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION reach its initial goal of $10,000.

All funds raised will be used to support programs that provide enriching, learning experiences-programs that our school system is unable to finance.

Contribution would be used towards books, computer programs, field trips, school assemblies, outdoor education media center equipment - the uses are endless.

How does it work?

The Meridian Education Foundation is an IRS tax exempt, not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation.  As one of more than 400 similar organizations throughout the country, it provides a way for many to enjoy the benefits of charitable foundation giving.  By pooling the gifts of many and preserving capital, the Foundation provides the most cost effective and efficient way to provide resources, in perpetuity for future generation in the Meridian Unit School District.  The Foundation intends to support all aspects of our school - education, health, and welfare, culture and recreation.  It also will flourish through the concerns and caring of others throughout the district.

How can you join the Foundation?

Become a donor!  We are looking for individuals, organizations, and businesses who have a desire to join with others to keep Meridian School District the kind of place in which we want to live and to raise our families.

The easiest, most straightforward way to contribute is to simply give cash or a check to the MERIDIAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION.  It is tax deductible.  However, other forms of gifts are also appropriate, including life insurance policies, securities, business interests, and real property.  You may give now or later, through your will or trust.  You may give as a memorial, to support designated charities, to add to existing endowments, or to establish a family fund in your own name.  You may wish to consult your lawyer or financial advisor for details on the most advantageous way to make gift.  Or you may call Mike Coulahan at 815.645.8188 with any questions you may have.

Foundation Board Members are:  Mike Coulahan, Heather Alderks, Jill Huber, Toby Behmer, Heidi Bradle, Chad Hoefle, and PJ Caposey.