Darlington Excellence in Education Fund

Darlington Excellence In Education Fund

Get To Know Us

The Darlington Excellence in Education (EIE) Fund was established in 2003 from a bequest of Dr. Lyle Olson. The Fund serves both public and private schools in the Darlington area. It aims to inspire teachers and students at all levels to accomplish their very best by encouraging and promoting creative and innovative educational programs and recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievement.

Learn About Our EIE Grants

Gifts to Excellence in Education funds are an investment in quality education for today’s students and future generations. Private resources allow for educational programming not typically funded by tax dollars.

Your gift can be a lasting and meaningful way of recognizing a special person or event in the life of your family, organization or business, or as a statement that you value education today and into the future. Donations to any EIE Fund are welcome at any time of the year. All gifts are tax deductible.

Once per year the advisory board awards grants to the local school district for projects and/or programs that fall outside of the confines of the district’s operating budget. Grants are awarded at a ceremony in November.

The Impact of the Darlington Excellence in Education Fund

Darlington Community School District

  • Rosie bags and cart
  • Inclusive bilingual playground communication boards
  • Jazz experience at the middle school
  • Musical at the Overture Center
  • American Players Theater field trip
  • PBIS incentives
  • Snatoms hands-on modeling in science


Holy Rosary Catholic School

  • Physical education enhancement
  • iPad mini’s

Total Grants: $9,711

Apply For a Grant

Annual grant application deadline: October 15

Grant Guidelines

Tips and tools for you to use as you prepare your application. Print out this PDF as you prepare your grant for a quick checklist of your progress.

Give the Gift of Education

Donations to the Darlington Excellence in Education Fund are welcome at any time of the year. All gifts are tax deductible. Mail a check to this address, or click the button to donate online.
Darlington Excellence in Education Fund
c/o Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 733
Monroe, WI 53566

Donor Services Representative

Profile photo of DSR Linda Gebhardt
Linda Gebhardt
Phone: (608) 758-0883

Advisory Board Members

The Fund is advised by a committee of community volunteers who serve independently of the school district. The advisory board initiates fundraising activities and determines annual grant awards:

Bob Boyle
Michele Crowley
Katie Curry
Lori Nodorft
Carmen Rielly
Deb Pickett
Jill Ringen
Aaron Wolfe