Janesville Education Foundation

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Get To Know Us

The Janesville Education Foundation (JEF) is a charitable organization whose primary mission is to raise funds, make grants and support educational opportunities for the children who attend Janesville public schools.

Incorporated in 1983, JEF is supported by gifts from individuals and businesses. JEF makes grants to Janesville public schools primarily for proposals that show promise of enriching the classroom curriculum through innovation.

We want every student to have the opportunity to succeed and become the best in whatever field they choose to pursue.

The JEF Fund is led by an advisory board composed of community volunteers. The advisory board leads fundraising efforts and determines the annual grant awards.

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.

JEF has a special interest in pilot projects, model programs, and experimental efforts which actively involve students and eventually can be continued through other funding sources. To receive funding, programs must demonstrate need and potential for effectiveness and impact. Maximum grant request: $1,000.PLEASE NOTE: requests for Chromebooks, Ipads, Tablets, Notebooks, Laptops, Subscriptions, or Field Trip Transportation will NOT be considered.

The Impact of the Janesville Education Foundation

School District of Janesville

  • Book Vending Machine
  • Books for Harrison Music Room
  • Build, Write and Learn in the Library and MakerSpace!
  • Building a Community of Mathletes
  • Building Readers
  • Creating an Inviting LMC Space Brick by Brick
  • Decodable Reader Lending Library
  • Encouraging Family Reading Time for Preschool 4 Janesville Spanish Speakers
  • Expansion Lego Sets for Expanded Learning
  • Happy Atoms Molecule Kits
  • Hydroponic Herb Garden
  • Mapping Words: Enhance Students Guided Reading Word Work Experience
  • Math Manipulative Initiative
  • Next generation tools for literacy: Addressing learning loss with integrated audio supports
  • Rube Goldberg STEAM Speed Bag Project
  • Stories from Around the World: A Dramatic Arts Integration Approach to Literacy
  • Uke Can Do It!
  • Water Distillation System

Total 2023: $18,932

Apply For a Grant

Annual grant application deadline: November 1 & April 1

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 Janesville Education Foundation 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.
Janesville Education Foundation Fund
c/o Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
121 N. Parker Dr.
Janesville, WI 53545

Donor Services Representative

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DeeDee Williams
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:

Sandra Ardrey
Roberta Blazkowski
Renee Dooman
Cory Gander
Kathleen Hudy
Pat Sitorius
David Miser
Camilla Owen
Andy Paull