OSD Education Foundation

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What is the Olympia School District Education Foundation?

The Olympia School District (OSD) helped conceive the Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) to quickly and strategically meet emerging needs across the district. Since its inception in 1998, the OSDEF has been a proud partner of the OSD, awarding nearly $2 million to projects and programs that support the OSDEF’s mission to remove barriers and enhance educational success for all OSD students.


How does the OSDEF support our students and schools?

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Teaching and Learning Grants fund requests that are consistent with and supportive of the OSD’s vision of teaching and learning. Available in amounts of up to $1,500 throughout the school year, these grants support educators and schools working to: eliminate opportunity gaps and promote equity; develop and implement programs that address civics, philanthropy and being good stewards of the earth; bring innovation to the classroom; expose more students to the arts; and address mental and physical health and social and emotional learning/intelligence. Apply for grants at; www.osdef.org/grants.

  • The Performing Arts Initiative (PAI) enhances student access to the performing arts by bringing subsidized and free experiences to students. Last year the PAI exposed 19,000 students to theatre, music, comedy, dance, magic and other acts.
  • The Principal’s Emergency Fund fills an important resource gap for principals and educators looking to quickly meet low-income students’ urgent basic needs.
  • The Middle School Math Tutoring program helps sixth-graders who are not meeting standard in math achieve growth.
  • Through student wreath sales, the OSDEF helps support overnight Outdoor Education at Cispus for all fifth-graders.
  • Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the Mental Health Initiative will help increase the mental health literacy of the entire community.


To learn more about the OSDEF, visit; www.osdef.org.

Interested in becoming involved with the OSDEF or making a tax-deductible donation? Contact Executive Director Katy Johansson at; [email protected] or 360.596.6110.