Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/23/2021 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 11. Report with Possible Action on the MPS Foundation
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
File Attachment:
Background: Established in 1997, and reconstituted as an independent 501©3 with its own Board of Directors in 2015, the MPS Foundation provides equity in education for MPS students, promotes educational excellence, and works to strengthen community participation in MPS through philanthropic commitments to student achievement.

During the February Accountability, Finance, and Personnel Committee meeting, the foundation will report on 2020 activities and equitable levers which allowed MPS and families to navigate the challenges of the pandemic by having its highest fundraising impact since inception, with over $3 million dollars in philanthropic contributions.

2020 highlights include:

· $1.1 Million for internet hotspots for the #ConnectMilwaukee Internet campaign
· $80,000 for academic and household supplies
· $170,000 for adult meals
· $1.5 million in support to its traditional programming – arts, workforce development / college and career readiness, literacy, STEM and STEAM, United Nations, First Nations, and over $130,000 in scholarships

The MPS Foundation Board would like to exercise its authority to provide its director, Wendell Willis, a stipend for the 2020-2021 school year of $12,500 due to the increase in duties associated with the position.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent