Our Story: Over 40 Years of Giving
What is the Spirit of 67 Foundation and what do we do?
The Spirit of 67 Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, founded in 1985 by a group of visionary parents and community members interested in funding excellence in Lake Forest schools. The tradition of enriching and supporting District 67 schools continues almost forty years later.
The Spirit is proud to serve as a partner in education to Cherokee, Everett and Sheridan Elementary Schools (K-4) and Deer Path Middle School (5-8) where funds are raised and resources are acquired in order to provide enriching, educational and cultural experiences that might not otherwise be provided.
Our fiscal year starts July 1st, and we fundraise by accepting donations and holding special events throughout the year, fostering the community, giving and support of the local schools. The Grant Cycle starts in January/February with staff, students, administration, and community members submitting grant applications to support student learning. The applications are evaluated by committee members and, using funds which were raised during the year, award grants to the lucky recipients in April.
Since its founding, the Spirit has funded over 750 unique grants totaling over $6 million to support excellence in our schools; providing curricular enhancements, resources & tools that enrich the educational experiences of all of our students.
This lasting legacy is due to our dedicated volunteers, the generosity of district families and the commitment of local businesses, community members and corporations to support the mission of the Spirit.
Throughout their education in the district, students benefit from grants in language arts, fine arts, wellness, STEAM, social & emotional learning, wellness, science, social studies and world language. Some recent grants include supplementing the new science labs with hands-on science engagements, visiting author and scientist programs, AR/VR technology and library enhancements.
The Spirit of 67 Foundation Grants bring to life innovative ideas and educational dreams, enhancing the educational experiences of EVERY STUDENT, IN EVERY SCHOOL, EVERY DAY!
The Spirit of 67 Foundation Board of Directors is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that raises funds to provide enriching educational and cultural experiences for the students, parents, faculty and staff of District 67 that might not otherwise be provided.
A special thank you to our board members who work every day to forward the mission of the Spirit.
There are many ways you can get involved in the work of the Spirit of 67 Foundation. We are always seeking dedicated, hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers to join us. You can volunteer to help out with one of our special events, serve on an event committee or serve on the board. If you are interested in learning more about the organization, please reach out to one of our board members or submit a volunteer form.
Spirit of 67 History
1985 - Founded
1986 - First Grants Awarded (Fine
Arts and Visiting Author)
1995 - Spirit of Science Campaign
2000 - Spirit of the Games Campaign
100 Grants Awarded
2002 - $1 Million in Grants Awarded
2003 - First Home Tour
2004 - 200 Grants Awarded
2007 - $2 Million in Grants Awarded
2008 - 300 Grants Awarded
2011 - $3 Million in Grants Awarded
400 Grants Awarded
2014 - 500 Grants Awarded
2015 - $4 Million in Grants Awarded
2016 - First Founders Grants
2018 - Crosstown Contest Started
$5 Million in Grants Awarded
600 Grants Awarded
2020 - 700 Grants Awarded
2022 - $6 Million in Grants Awarded
Over 750 Grants Awarded
75% of families Donate!