• About Us
  • D67 Parent Organizations
  • A Sampling of Spirit Grants

    Past and Present

    Reimagined Building Libraries (IRCs)
    Visiting Author
    Fine Arts Enrichment Programs
    Culture Trunks & Fairs
    Climbing Walls
    Visiting Science Program
    Supplemental Math Resources
    Monarch and Bluestem Award Books
    Proscope Digital Microscopes
    Technology for The Cube at DPM
    Water Bottle Filling Stations
    MacBooks for Music Education
    The Friendship Bench
    Sport Court at DPM
    Supplemental Reading Materials
    Computers on Wheels
    Outdoor Education Equipment
    Supplemental World Language Materials
    SMART Boards
    Multimedia Classrooms

    2015-16 Donors

    The Spirit seeks to have 100% family participation. We ask each District 67 family to make a donation each year rather than participating in a variety of hands-on fundraising activities throughout the year (candy sales, bake sales, wrapping paper sales, etc). We currently raise approximately half of our annual revenues through family donations. Thank you to all of the District 67 families who have donated so far this year. Not sure if you donated yet? See our current donor list.

    Not a donor yet? Please donate today to help us continue to provide lasting, powerful and impactful enhancements to our children’s education. Any and all family donations are appreciated and valued. There is a giving level to fit every family. Donations can be made using the attached form or this link.

    Community Support

    In addition to the donations from our generous families, we also rely on the support of our community as well in our fundraising efforts. We offer corporations, local businesses and families a variety of ways to show their support for our schools; allowing them to choose the giving opportunity that best fits their needs. If you are interested in supporting the Spirit by becoming a Partner in Education, sponsoring one of our upcoming events, advertising in the Home Tour Program Book, or becoming a Shop with Spirit retailer, please contact our VP of Corporate Fundraising, Lydia Conopeotis at Toochconop@aol.com.

    2015-16 Partners in Education

    Thank you to our 2015-16 Partners in Education for their ongoing support of our mission. These local businesses have made a financial contribution of at least $5000 this year. Our President’s Circle Partners have made a donation of at least $10,000 this year.

    Goshgarian Orthodontics
    Lake Forest Pediatric Dentistry
    ULINE

    President’s Circle Partner

    The Grainger Foundation

    The Spirit of 67 Foundation


    The Spirit of 67 Foundation - benefiting every student in every school, every day!

    The Spirit of 67 Foundation is a not-for-profit, parent-run volunteer organization whose mission is to raise funds and acquire resources to enrich and elevate the educational and cultural experiences of students, faculty, parents and staff of District 67 in ways that might not otherwise be provided.

    Established over 30 years ago, the Spirit has contributed over $4 million in grants to provide curricular enhancements, resources & tools that support excellence in our public schools.

    Throughout their education in our district, our children benefit from grants in fine arts, wellness, language arts, math, technology, emotional wellness, science, social studies, world language and more.  The Spirit works closely with students, teachers, administrators and the APT as grants are evaluated to select those that will enhance our schools.

    Spirit revenues are raised through family donations, business partnerships, corporate sponsorships and fundraising events.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Spirit grants have a positive and lasting impact on every student in every school, every day!

    For more information, to donate or to get involved please visit www.spiritof67foundation.org

    Get Involved

    We are always seeking dedicated, hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers to join us. If you are interested in learning more about the Spirit please consider attending one of our monthly Board meetings, on the second Tuesday of each month at 9 AM in the Board Room at West Campus. For more information about serving on our Board or one of our committees please visit the Get Involved page of our website.

    2016-17 Spirit of 67 Foundation Board

    The Grant Process

    District 67 schools are fortunate to have talented staff, parents and students who think BIG! We encourage anyone with an innovative idea that fills a need and is supported by the school administration, to submit a grant.  All grant applications are reviewed by the Grants Committee prior to being presented to the entire Spirit of 67 Foundation Board for approval. The committee is made up of board members and includes parents from all of the District 67 schools as well as a Board of Education representative and a District 67 representative. The review process is interactive with most grant applicants being contacted by the committee with questions and requests for further information. Decisions are based on the merits of the grant application, the match between the grant and the mission of the foundation as well as the inability to get funding within the school budget.

    Spirit of 67 Foundation Grant Application 2016-17 (Word document)

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    Shop with Spirit

    The Spirit of 67 Foundation works with local retailers to offer a donor benefit card for families who donate to the Spirit at the Honor Roll level or above. To become a Shop with Spirit Retailer you simply offer discounts or special promotions to Spirit cardholders throughout the school year. Offers are shared with cardholders via our website. Participating retailers receive signage for their shop from us indicating that they are a Shop with Spirit Retailer.  Learn more about our 2015-16 Shop with Spirit Retailer Offers here.

    Annual Report

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    Included in the 2014-15 Annual Report are financial highlights as well as a listing of the year’s grants, board members and donors and businesses that contributed to the success of the Spirit during the 2014-15 school year.

    2014-15 Annual Report

    News

    Important Dates

    September 21-30, 2016

    Raise Your Hand for Education
    Online Auction

    October 1, 2016

    Kick Up Your Boots for Education
    Barn Dance

    January 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

    Grant Application Deadline

    April 12, 2017

    Grant Day

    May 4, 2017

    Opening Doors for Education
    Home Tour