Foundation grant application available

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The MCPASD Education Foundation's grant application for 2020 is now available.  

All staff are eligible to submit an application. All applications are due by March 30. The application typically takes 30-60 minutes to complete. A PDF version of the application is available on the District website's Community Announcements page. Contact Director of Communications Perry Hibner if you would like a Word version.

Grant recipients will be determined in early April. The Foundation plans to host another Grant Bus Tour later that month and visit all of the schools that are award grants, Hibner said.

The Foundation has typically received 15 and 25 applications for each grant cycle, he said.

The Foundation has awarded more than 100 inspirational grants worth approximately $106,000 since 2013. Every District school has been awarded multiple grants. The Foundation expects to have $10,000 to $20,000 available for grants in 2020, Hibner said.

Meanwhile, the Foundation announced in December that it had hired Amber Kiggens-Leifheit as its executive director. She will officially begin on Jan. 6.

She will be responsible for strategic planning, in partnership with the Board of Education and district administrators, as well as managing fundraising and development efforts, and public relations.

Prior to joining the Education Foundation, Kiggens-Leifheit served as executive director of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation for 11 years. She was responsible for all areas of the Foundation, including gifts, grants, scholarships, public relations, donor relations, accounting oversight and office management. During her tenure, she grew the Foundation’s assets from $2.8 to $16.2 million.

Kiggens-Leifheit also served on the Marshfield district’s school board for nine years, including in the roles of vice president and treasurer. In addition, she has served in leadership positions and volunteered in long-term with multiple nonprofits, including the Marshfield Community Athletics Leadership Team and the Marshfield Area United Way. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kiggens-Leifheit was also recently named the 2019 On Focus Person of the Year.

“We’re excited to welcome Amber,” Foundation chair Purna Byraiah said. “The experience and leadership she brings will be invaluable as we partner with community members and businesses to invest in our schools.”

The Education Foundation also recently concluded its 2019 annual appeal, raising more than $77,000 to fund programs in three areas – Arts, Equity and Grow Your Own – as well as award grants to staff and scholarships to graduating seniors. The Foundation has two endowments with the Madison Community Foundations totaling approximately $325,000.