Who We Are. What We Do.

The Portland Schools Foundation (PSF) is an independent, community-based organization with the mission to mobilize resources, leadership, ideas, and public support to ensure a world-class public education for every child, in every school, in every Portland neighborhood. To do this, we:

  • Invest in teaching and learning We provide venture capital to principals, teachers, and parents to accelerate academic achievement. 
  • Mobilize the community We marshal the talent and resources of parents, citizens, and businesses to strengthen every public school.
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The Latest News

We are: All Hands Raised

On October 26, the Portland Schools Foundation (PSF) Board of Directors voted unanimously to rebrand the organization, including the change of the organization’s name from Portland Schools Foundation to All Hands Raised. For over 17 years, the Portland Schools Foundation has engaged the community to meet the most urgent educational needs of our kids, by supporting the work of PPS Local Schools Foundations (LSFs), stewarding the funds raised by LSFs, and managing the PPS Equity Fund. This work will continue, with the Portland Public Schools Foundation continuing as a program of All Hands Raised.Read the full release now. Read CEO Dan Ryan's e-mail to the community.

U.S. Bank Announces $120,000 Investment in Ninth Grade Counts

Yesterday, at the lunch celebrating and debriefing the 11th annual Principal for Almost a Day program, Malia Wasson, Oregon president of U.S. Bank, announced a $120,000 investment in the Portland Schools Foundation’s (PSF) Ninth Grade Counts (NGC) partnership to the room of nearly 200 principals and community leaders. Read the full release now. 

PSF Releases Guide to Education Programs for Out-of-School Youth
On any given day in Portland and Multnomah County, there are 3,000 high school-aged youth disconnected from school. Reconnecting these youth with education and a career path is crucial to the health, vitality, and economic well-being of our community. The Portland Schools Foundation, through generous support from the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, has compiled the Guide to Education Programs for Out-of-School Youth. To receive a copy of of the Guide in either Spanish or English send an e-mail to tedros@thinkschools.org.

Principal for Almost a Day Connects Schools and Community

On October 20th, over 100 leaders representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors will travel throughout Portland and Multnomah County to shadow a public school principal in one of five school districts (Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Portland Public and Reynolds). Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the Portland Schools Foundation’s annual Principal for Almost a Day event presented by Comcast, or “PFAD,” focuses on creating public-private partnerships to help raise awareness and resources in support of local schools. Read the full release.

The PGE Foundation Makes Pioneering Investment in Cradle to Career Partnership

In late September, the Portland General Electric Foundation board voted unanimously to award $50,000 to the Portland Schools Foundation to support the Cradle to Career (C2C) partnership PSF manages on behalf of the community. The Cradle to Career partnership is a public-private partnership that supports bold, data-driven system alignment along the education continuum. Read the full release.

Learn More About the Local Cradle to Career Partnership

The Portland Schools Foundation is developing a partnership to dramatically improve student success in Multnomah County. Learn more about the Cradle to Career partnership.

Pioneering Investors Fuel Expanding Work of Portland Schools Foundation

Recently, the Portland Schools Foundation (PSF) announced a $100,000 investment by JPMorgan Chase for its expanding work around the Cradle to Career (C2C) partnership. Since that time, PSF has received a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $100,000 from the Portland Children’s Levy and last week Portland City Council voted unanimously to invest $235,000 in our work to improve outcomes for our children and youth. Read the release.

 

PSF Releases Guide to Education Programs for Out-of-School Youth
On any given day in Portland and Multnomah County, there are 3,000 high school-aged youth disconnected from school. Reconnecting these youth with education and a career path is crucial to the health, vitality, and economic well-being of our community. The Portland Schools Foundation, through generous support from the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, has compiled the Guide to Education Programs for Out-of-School Youth. Access the Guide in English. Access the Guide in Spanish.