What We Do

The Winnetka Public Schools Foundation (WPSF) is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that works to enhance and support the educational mission of Winnetka District 36 beyond the means of conventional public funding. Working closely with the Superintendent and district leadership, the Foundation makes grants in support of curriculum, professional development, and innovation. Many successful programs initially supported by the Foundation have become integrated into the District’s curriculum. The Foundation is extremely proud of the impact its programs have on our children each day — both in the traditional academic sense and in the area of social and emotional learning.

In addition to providing programs that enrich the school curriculum, community support for the Foundation helps us continue to attract the cadre of teachers that seek to work in our district. The Foundation has earned the respect of other foundations both here in Illinois and nationally.

WPSF grants help teachers and students dream bigger and achieve more by providing:

  • Additional materials and programs to enhance the core curriculum in every subject area
  • Innovative learning strategies in the classroom and creative endeavors in each school
  • A summertime professional development institute which is held in Winnetka and is available to all teachers

Foundation grants touch every child and have a significant impact across all five schools in Winnetka. Many small-scale pilot projects initially funded by Foundation grants are now essential parts of the exceptional curriculum provided by District 36. For more information on grants that have become part of our curriculum, click here.

The Foundation has been widely supported by generous donations from parents of students and the community at large. Since its inception in 1995, more than $4.2 million in funding has been provided to support the school district.


Through the Foundation’s support, our students benefit from extra resources that inspire, motivate, and challenge them. These programs, along with high-quality teacher development opportunities funded by the Foundation, make a difference in each and every classroom in the District.
— Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, Winnetka District 36