A Sampling of Spirit Grants

Past and Present

STEM Technology at DPM
Sheridan Playground Equipment
Technology & Furnishings for NEW Haskins Center
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


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 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. If you’d like to donate or learn more please visit 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, Julie Schwan at julieschwan@yahoo.com.

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 $5.5 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

There are lots of ways you can volunteer and 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 the organization please consider attending one of our meetings or reaching out to one of our board members. If you are interested in getting involved please fill out and submit a volunteer form.


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.

Founder's Grants

In honor of our founders, a fund has been created as a means to address time sensitive and important opportunities that arise outside of the annual grant cycle. Anyone may apply for a grant from this fund, but the requests must be under $1,000 and must be time sensitive. All other grant requests should be submitted through the regular process. Each request must be reviewed and supported by the building principal and will then be evaluated by the Grants Committee to ensure alignment with the Spirit of 67 Foundation mission.

Spirit of 67 Foundation Grant Applications


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 Shop with Spirit Retailer Offers here.


spirit grant day with students and teachders receiving awardsGRANT DAY! Our mission is every student, every school, every day. To that end, we provided the funding, $173,930, for 33 grants to enhance the educational experiences for our kids. Click on this link to scroll through the document listing the grants awarded. We literally couldn't do this without your support. Thank you to our record number of donor families who show up to events, pledge support and believe in this cause as much as we do!


Raise Your Hand for Education Online Auction

October 16, 2018

Thanks 4 Giving Appreciation Luncheon

October 19, 2018

Grant Applications Deadline

January 31, 2019 at NOON

Faculty Revue
March 20, 2019, 4pm & 7pm
Grant Day

April 11, 2019

Save the Date:
Spring 2019 Event

Friday, April 26