What is Spark*SF Public schools?
Spark*SF Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to advocating on behalf of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), composed of dedicated and dynamic professionals who are raising funds and advocating on behalf of the SFUSD. Their commitment is to make our Vision 2025 a reality.
Spark*SF Public Schools serve as a central structure for investing directly in the big changes we need to prepare our students to compete and thrive in today’s world. It is supervised by a board of seasoned and emerging public education advocates who are partnering with the SFUSD Board of Education to attract new funders. This board will also monitor how well we are using our private and philanthropic investments.
The structure we’ve set up for Spark*SF Public Schools will mesh with how we already work with long-standing community organizations that support volunteers and grants for SFUSD. And with this system for communicating, reporting and advancing investments and public support, funders will see a high degree of transparency and accountability for the investments they make.
Why are we doing it?
We don’t need to tell you that San Francisco and the country are rapidly changing. We know that keeping up with how we educate our students in this climate is no small effort. And that includes funding new technology, new courses and new ways of teaching and learning.
These last few years, with the support of the late Mayor Lee and business and philanthropic partners, we have expanded and aligned private dollars to rapidly improve important initiatives such as Early Literacy; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STEM); College and Career Readiness; Leadership; and cross-sector partnerships like My Brother and Sister’s Keeper.
We don’t want to just keep up. We have already begun to lead the way into 21st-century education. And now, with Spark*SF Public Schools, we have a new, direct way for donors support our schools in this transformation.