Moline Public Schools Foundation

Promoting Excellence since 1988
Jayne O'Brien, Executive Director
Phone: 309-269-7375

About Us

Through the vision and energy of a former Moline School District Board President, Janice DeTaeye, the Moline Public Schools Foundation was founded in 1988 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization, after she learned of the idea at a state school board convention.  In partnership with a dedicated superintendent, teachers, students, and community volunteers of Moline School District, the Moline Public Schools Foundation continued to evolve and hired their first part-time staff member, Joy Boruff, as their Executive Director.

Our Board…
As a tax exempt organization that operates independently from the Board of Education of the Moline School District, the MPSF Board of Directors promotes charitable giving purposes to advance education projects consistent with its mission and purpose. MPSF allocates funds to both our endowment and grant requests through three main fundraising efforts, including our Family Fall Event, Spring Gala, and Marching with the Foundation.  Additional funds are generously gifted through memorials, planned giving, or pledge campaigns. MPSF Board is comprised of an Executive Director and 25 three-year term volunteer members who donate to MPSF, act as liaisons to the local schools, and serve on committees such as Gala, Fall Fundraiser, Allocations, State of the Schools, Membership, Publicity, and Marching with the Foundation.  Additionally, our volunteer Board of Trustees oversees and advises our endowment funds.
Why We’re Important…
Illinois schools’ budgets are often comprised of national, state, local, and investment funding sources; these resources are being reduced, cut entirely, or failing to produce the same amount of return. In the same manner that we manage our personal finances, school districts begin trimming their budgets, leading to a reduction in resources and staff while still being required to meet all federal, state, and district educational mandates.  From 2000 to 2014, Moline School District’s enrollment has declined from approximately 8,000 to 7400 while their students qualifying for free and reduced services increased from 31% to 48%. In that same timeframe, they’ve lost approximately 100 teaching staff.  Moline School District receives about 77% of its budget from local taxes; if our area is not productive or growing, they lose money.  All of these losses impact the quality of education of the children in our community.  MPSF exists to improve and strengthen school programs; we do so by granting an average of $30,000/year to requests from staff within the Moline School District.  Our goal is to fund the $100,000 in requests that we receive annually.

How Quality Schools Impact You…
Education of our local children impacts everyone in our community.  Quality schools attract families, businesses, and investors.  With each graduating student, our community experiences a greater chance of creating adults who will secure gainful employment, produce stable families, vote, volunteer, and embrace diversity. These factors lead to social and economic growth, increased tax revenue, higher home values, a longer, healthier life, and increased community cooperation and collaboration. Moline School District donates in-kind space to sports teams, community groups, and is often a partner in neighborhood community issues.  Quality schools are a long-term cost savings which help avoid the risks of increased unemployment, crime, mental health issues, drug and alcohol use, and high demands for public health care, welfare, and community social services. 

Our Board Members

Jayne O'Brien
Executive Director

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Melissa Birdsell
Angie Curnyn
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Chrissy Diekman

Kelly Giovanine
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Kelly Hancock
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Lindsey Hines
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Ryan Jennings
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Stephanee Jordan
Bill Karben
Amy Keys
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Kelly Lundahl

Brent McCormick
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  Michelle Pittington
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Amy Sivertsen

Amber Soucinek
  Julie VanPelt
Julie VanPelt