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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Kalispell Education Foundation?
    We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists solely to raise funds for Kalispell Public Schools.
  • Is the KEF separate from Kalispell Public Schools?
    The KEF is a separate organization from Kalispell Public Schools (KPS), with our own Board of Directors and staff. We function independently of KPS, but maintain a close relationship in order to support district initiatives and curriculum objectives.
  • What do KEF donations fund?
    Annual donations to KEF primarily support innovative and engaging learning in our classrooms and schools. Recent project examples include classroom robots to enhance elementary technology skills, seed funding to start a science club at Kalispell Middle School, technical and vocational literature geared toward reluctant readers at Flathead High School, and a classroom set of stringed instruments that is used by every student attending our elementary schools. You can learn about all the programs funded by KEF on our What We Fund page and see a complete list of current grants.
  • Why do public schools need private donations?
    State funding of public education only covers the basics and many forces are straining existing budgets. The district has continually experienced declining funds from state and local taxes, while also encountering high enrollment rates due to our increasing population. The enduring success of our schools and students will depend to a great extent on the private support from the community.
  • Should I give to both KEF and the PTO at my school? Why do donations to these organizations fund different things?
    Yes! Please consider a gift to both KEF and your PTO. We’re all in this together. Your PTO addresses important needs specific to your school, such as teacher appreciation, school-wide events, and special equipment. Not all of our schools have a population that is able to support a PTO. Giving to KEF ensures every student in our district has access to enrichment materials. This is your opportunity to make a lasting difference to our local public schools, our students and our whole community. With your help, we can raise the bar on educational attainment and opportunity for all our kids, and by doing so bring lasting impacts to our community for generations to come.
  • Who decides how donations are spent?
    Our programs are developed through teacher surveys, observing school achievement statistics, and through conversations with Kalispell Public Schools. Our grant recipients are primarily determined by KEF board members, composed of parents, community members, and former educators.
  • Is my donation tax deductible?
    The KEF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and contributions should qualify for charitable income tax deduction. Donors should contact their own tax advisor regarding individual situations.
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