Annual Events

The Foundation holds two events annually: the Carlson Event and the Phone-A-Thon.

Carlson Event

The annual Carlson Event allows the Foundation to educate the community about the types of grants we fund and the work this allows our educators to do. This event allows parents and educators to interact so that parents come away with a clearer understanding of what the Foundation does, and educators can get a sense of what is important to parents in the district. This event was enabled by a generous gift left to the Foundation in 2002 by Charlotte Carlson, a long time educator in the Winnetka Public School System. For more on Charlotte and the Carlson Funds, click here. For more on our latest Carlson Event, including pictures and specifics on participants, click here.


The Phone-A-Thon, WPSF’s largest annual fundraiser, is held in midwinter. The fundraiser kicks off with an online donation period, followed by a two-day event during which WPSF board members reach out to community members by phone to request their support.