Grinnell-Newburg School Foundation

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Mission: Working with the community, GNSF promotes excellence in the Grinnell-Newburg public schools through fundraising efforts.  GNSF Initiatives: Bi-Annual mini-grant awards, Teacher reimbursements for classroom supplies, Special campaigns for high-value projects.

Location: Grinnell (1.3 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: Projects include establishing digital equity for the students of the GNSD, involving outreach to community to gather info on needs towards the goal of equal access to WiFi.  Grant-writing.  Expanding family engagement, research family engagement strategies and recommend possibilities to board, research and present funding options to board.  Compiling and tracking data/ data analysis.  We have one-time needs every year with our annual campaign.



  • One-time events: yes
  • Ongoing: yes
  • Groups possible? Groups are welcome

When is service needed: year-round

Number of hours: Flexible, as much or little as is possible for the volunteer


  • In-person: yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: yes
  • Fully virtual possible: yes


Training supplied: An orientation session on the history, function, and goals of the Foundation, in addition to relevant training for the task at hand.  Volunteers have the opportunity to conduct research and present findings at board meetings (which are currently held virtually)


How to apply: Email Elizabth Hansen at, or

Contact: Elizabeth Hansen, Executive Director, 641-236-5518 (Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, umbrella organization for GNSF), 


Operation information: GNSF has non-profit 501(c)3 status as an affiliate of Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation. The Grinnell-Newburg School Foundation Board and its supporters recognize that community support and engagement along with sufficient resources are key to the success of public education. GNSF raises and allocates funds for projects beyond those supported by regular school sources. The additional funding helps fill the gap that exists between the programs teachers would like to implement to improve student achievement and those available to them through district funding. In addition, GNSF is striving to build a strong Endowment Fund for Grinnell-Newburg Schools. This fund will ensure continuation of successful programs and allot funds for new research-based initiatives in order to assist the District’s efforts to provide high quality public education to ALL students. The Grinnell-Newburg School District strives to keep pace with the ever changing demands in public education. The District’s operating budget fluctuates year to year depending on enrollment, demographics, local, state and national economics and legislative decisions. GNSF believes budgetary constraints should not restrict innovative learning opportunities in the classroom. Through generous donors, GNSF provides financial support to enhance teaching and learning for every student in the district.

Address: 1510 Penrose Street, Grinnell, IA 50112

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