Endowment Funds

The Elyria City School District Endowment Funds are permanent and stable sources of funding to enhance the educational process and increase student academic achievement throughout Elyria City Schools. 

A general fund and a fine arts endowment fund are held with, and invested by the Community Foundation of Lorain County

An Advisory Board, appointed by the Elyria City Schools Board of Education, manages grant making from the funds. 

The Endowment Funds are used exclusively to enrich and enhance academics, fine and performing arts and other extracurricular activities for every school in the Elyria City School District. 

Since its inception, the fund continued to grow by virtue of the generosity of local citizens and school employees, business, industry, fraternal and parent teacher organizations.

Distributions of over $1 million have been made from the endowments. 

Grants Making a Difference

Programming and projects that have been made possible through the endowment funds include:

  • Author visits to encourage student readers and writers
  • Math and language arts supporting materials in the classrooms
  • Theater performances and student art exhibitions
  • Hands-on STEAM learning tools
  • Extraordinary programs for students with special needs
  • And so much more!

Leave a legacy

As a donor, you can contribute in a wide variety of ways that benefit both the fund and you. 

Consider including the endowment fund in your estate plans.

Any number of planned gifts can be arranged. 

  • real estate
  • personal property
  • charitable gift annuities
  • securities
  • gifts through a will or trust
  • charitable remainder trust
  • retirement benefits or IRA
  • life insurance

The Community Foundation of Lorain County can help you make a gift that may benefit you through tax savings, while benefitting your local community. 

For more information or to make a donation to the Elyria City Schools Endowment Fund, contact the Community Foundation at (440) 984-7390, [email protected].

About School Endowment Funds

The Community Foundation of Lorain County is very proud to be the first Community Foundation in the United States to establish School Endowment Funds. Distributions from School Endowment Funds provide Lorain County students with opportunities outside the realm of state-funded standards.