Foundations help schools fill funding needs

Community-based resource tapped by large, small districts alike

As state funding tightens, rural public schools are finding help from foundations.

The Russellville School Foundation organized this summer to support the Cole County R-1 Schools. The independent, not-for-profit organization has a separate board of directors, but works in cooperation with school officials, said President Larry Bishop.

Incorporated in 1998, the JCPS Foundation, which supports the Jefferson City Public Schools, was one of the first foundations incorporated to support public schools.

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