About the Foundation

The Knappa Schools Foundation (KSF) was founded in 1997. Knappa School District had recently become independent from Columbia 5J and community leaders were intent on seeing the district be successful. Out of that concern, which reflected the sentiment of the entire community, KSF was born. The organization was modeled after the long-standing Astoria Schools Foundation with the help of their President Michael Foster.

The KSF Mission Statement is “To provide resources to enhance education and encourage individual success for the students of Knappa Schools.” Now in its nineteenth year, KSF has been very successful in its efforts to improve the quality of education in our community. Funds raised through the annual dinner and auction have been used in a three-point approach to fulfilling our mission statement. First, KSF awards scholarships each year to deserving students entering that critical first year of post-secondary education. To date those scholarships total over $230,000. Secondly, KSF awards mini-grants to encourage innovation in the classroom and access to technology. Total mini-grant awards exceed $250,000 through 2015. Lastly, KSF has continually invested portions of the fundraising revenue since its inception. Foundation assets now total over $1.1 million with the inclusion of the most recent gift from the Merrill Estate. These invested assets will be enhancing and encouraging Knappa schools and its students into perpetuity.