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Denver Public Schools Foundation was established in 1992 in recognition of the fact that public funds alone cannot adequately support the ambitious efforts to advance student achievement in Denver Public Schools. The Foundation maintained a relatively passive role over the next ten years until it was revitalized in 2002 under the instrumental leadership of former DPS Superintendent Jerry Wartgow.
In 2005, under Superintendent Michael Bennet, DPS launched a comprehensive strategic plan called The Denver Plan, and the Foundation worked to align its mission and activities to support the goals and priorities of this far-reaching and ambitious plan.
Since 2009, the DPS Foundation has worked closely with Superintendent Tom Boasberg to support continued implementation of The Denver Plan, while meeting on-going, basic needs of schools and classrooms, teachers and students.
As a result of its twenty year history, the DPS Foundation has become recognized as the portal of philanthropy for community investment in Denver Public Schools and a critical partner to the district for community engagement.