Center Foundation

The Mission of the Center Education Foundation is to enhance educational opportunities for students in the Center School District. We do this by funding grants written by Center teachers to support projects with their students.

Funding for the Foundation is provided by donations from parents, community members, alumni and corporate supporters. Events such as the Homecoming 5K and the Autos & Auctions Gala help us to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and teachers while raising funds to support over $40,000 in grants each year.

Center Elementary Foundation Award

The Foundation also sponsors the Distinguished Alumni Program, which recognizes alumni who have had significant success in their careers and/or community service over an extended period of time.

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is led by a Board of Directors made up of community members, alumni and corporate sponsors. For more information on the Foundation, visit our web site at The website contains information about upcoming events, grant applications and other Foundation programs. You can also click here to find us on Facebook.

Board of Directors

Bill Gotfredson, J.D.
Aaron Racine, J.D.
Vice Chairman

Tom Apel, CPA
Greg Bates
Ted Beckett, J.D.
Martha Capehart
Leonard Davis
Alan Farris
John Grossnickle
The Honorable Lisa White Hardwick
Andrew Johnson
Larry Mattson
Cindy Noll

Ex-Officio Member
Dr. Sharon Nibbelink
Superintendent of Center School District

Center Foundation Grant Information

The Center Education Foundation is all about helping teachers in the Center School District. The only use of Foundation money is for grants to teachers to help them enhance learning opportunities for our students.

If you are interested in receiving a grant, here is what you need to know:

  • Grants are awarded in May for the following academic year.
  • Grant applications are due on March 1 for the following academic year.Grant applications are reviewed by a committee of independent reviewers who make recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors for approval.
  • Grant applications can be submitted for any activity that enhances academic learning for students.
  • Grant applications that request purchases of technology equipment or software must be reviewed and approved by the Center Technology Department to ensure that they are consistent with the District's technology platforms and can be properly supported by our staff.

Grant Request Procedure (PDF)
Grant Request Form (Word)

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Foundation Executive Director Rick Chambers at 816-863-2254 or by email