IPSF honors corporate Irvine’s support of education
“We are proud to live in a professionally diverse community that allows us to build rich partnerships with companies across many industries. With their support, we are able to fulfill our vision of providing students with opportunities that prepare them for the future workforce,” Eaton said.
Companies represented on IPSF’s Top 100 List include many of Orange County’s most influential corporations, including Microsemi, FivePoint, DCI Engineers, and Ingersoll Rand/Trane, as well as global brands such as Google, Maruchan, and Kia Motors.
“These partnerships have provided a foundation for IPSF to fund grants that allow teachers to bring new, innovative curriculum to the classroom, build maker spaces to foster creativity and collaboration, and bring the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program to every high school in Irvine,” Eaton said.
IPSF was recently ranked No. 3 in the nation and No. 1 in California among K-12 education foundations by Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations.
On Feb. 13, IPSF presented a $2 million check to Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) at its Board of Education meeting representing the foundation’s 2018-2019 school year funding commitment. During the meeting, the school district also announced IPSF’s support of a new funding area of focus for the next year, a $250,000 commitment to district-wide mental health resources.
In addition to the mental health initiative, IPSF’s areas of funding support to IUSD for the 2018-19 school year include: Smaller Learning Groups, which allocates resources for additional elementary instructional assistants, and additional middle and high school teachers; funding of the grades K-3 Primary Music program at all elementary schools; the CubeSat STEM program at all high schools; and the Health and Wellness initiative, which funds athletic trainers at each Irvine high school, and provides nursing services for grades K-8.
IPSF offers more than $3 million in additional support to ISUD through sponsored programs that include Instrument Rental, Afterschool Classroom Enrichment, Summer Enrichment Academy, and the Innovative Grants Program for teachers.
Since 1996, IPSF has donated more than $68 million in grants, donations, and program support to IUSD.