If you're looking for a way to create additional financial support and resources for your school district, you might consider starting a foundation.

Known as public school foundations or local education foundations, these organizations are, and should be, distinct from the school board and the district itself. In these days of budget cuts, rising expectations for schools, and decreasing tax revenues, foundations can provide a way to increase community participation through volunteer opportunities and stakeholder "buy-in" to your district.

According to the January 2004 edition of "Leadership Insider," a...

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