Make a difference with Food 4 Thought donation

Posted Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The D54 Foundation has committed to raising $280,000 to fund breakfast programs at all District 54 schools to ensure that students begin their dafood-4-thought-logoy ready to learn, and you can help by donating to the Foundation’s Food 4 Thought program.

Nearly one-third of District 54 students qualify for the federal free lunch program, and while District 54 receives state and federal funds for the lunch program, schools that want to offer breakfast programs to our students in need must raise the money on their own. Currently School District 54 is funding breakfast programs at eight schools for nearly 1,200 eligible students, and breakfast programs are being launched at an additional nine schools for more than 1,000 eligible students in early October with a $45,000 donation from the D54 Foundation.

Donations of any size to Food 4 Thought have a direct impact on students’ lives. It costs just $1 a day, or $5 a week, to provide a healthy breakfast to a student; a $200 donation provides breakfast to a child for a full school year. Businesses/corporations and individuals can also sponsor an entire school for a full year with a donation of $10,000.

Click here for the Food 4 Thought donation form. You can also make a secure online donation via our Support Us page.

For more information, call Jennie Waldorf at (847) 357-5038 or e-mail

Click here to watch a video spotlighting the Food 4 Thought program.

CPK FUNdraiser for Foundation

Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The D54 Foundation’s September 21 fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen on Golf Road in Schaumburg was a huge success. Thanks to all who supported us!

Septemberfest Parking and Food Booth

Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

***UPDATE: The D54 Foundation raised approximately $7,000 at this year’s Septemberfest. Thank you, everyone, for your support!

Looking for a place to park at Septemberfest? Want to support District 54 students simply by parking your car?

The Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation will manage the parking lot at Collins School on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4. For $5 you can park your car in the lot at 407 S. Summit Drive in Schaumburg, and walk a short distance to the festival at the Schaumburg Municipal Center.

On Monday, Sept. 5, the Foundation will partner with Pilot Pete’s, volunteering in a food tent on Septemberfest’s Not-for Profit Day. Stop by, grab a bite and a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Foundation.

The Foundation raises funds to support programs not fully funded by school budgets or tax dollars, including the following:

  • Breakfast programs within the district, so students can start each day ready to learn;
  • After-school STEM programs, so all students have the opportunity to become innovators, practice collaboration and be prepared for the exciting opportunities in their futures; and
  • Scholarship grants to students from low-income households to participate in extracurricular activities, so they have access to the same opportunities as all children.

Thanks in advance for your support.


Foundation awards $26,500 in Memorial Grants

Posted Saturday, April 30th, 2016


The Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation and its Memorial Grant Committee announced that the Foundation was able to approve all 233 grant applications received by the April 11 deadline.  The foundation plans to distribute approximately $26,500 in grant money by June 1.

“It is such a true pleasure to be able to tell over 200 families that the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation can help them have an amazing summer,” Memorial Grant Committee Chair Quinn Wulbecker said. “Our heartfelt thanks to all for their part in making this happen!”

The Foundation proudly offers its Memorial Grants to students in early childhood through seventh grade, which are funded, in part, through contributions received in honor of individuals who have passed away. These grants are offered to the children of School District 54 to cultivate an academic, cultural or athletic interest to enrich student educational opportunities. Memorial Grants are limited to a maximum of $150 per recipient and are intended for families facing extenuating financial circumstances.

A sincere thanks to Committee Chair Quinn Wulbecker and fellow trustees Debra Marton, Scott Ross, Chery Anderson, Jillian Sagan, Katy Garcia and Terri McHugh for serving on this committee, as well as Donna Anderson who coordinated all of the applications.  In addition, this year was the first year that the Foundation recruited the help of the school social workers, who played a critical role in raising awareness of the program, identifying students in need and encouraging those is in need to submit applications.  On behalf of the Foundation, they will be thanking this group for the time and effort they exerted for these families.

Organization Information:

The Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation, incorporated in 1987, was established to generate and distribute financial and other resources to the School District 54 community for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and providing students with extended learning opportunities. The Foundation is a qualified 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, chartered by the State of Illinois.

Media Contact
Terri McHugh, APR
Community Relations Director
School District 54

Support the Foundation by shopping with Amazon Smile

Posted Monday, January 4th, 2016

Did you know the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation is part of the Amazon Smile initiative? Amazon Smile Foundation donates to the charitable organization of your choice when you shop at Amazon. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to shop (and give) with Amazon Smile.

  1. Click this link
  2. Select Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation from the registered charities
  3. Start shopping! Amazon will remember your selection, so every eligible purchase you make on Amazon smile will result in a 0.5% donation to support Foundation grants.

You may even want to add a bookmark to make it easier to return to whenever you shop.

Foundation benefits from holiday tree and decor sales

Posted Monday, November 30th, 2015

Thank you to everyone who purchased holiday décor from John’s Evergreens in Elk Grove Village or Hoffman Estates and mentioned the D54 Foundation. We will receive more than $400 from your purchases. Click here for more information about this year’s sales: D54 Foundation Holiday Tree Sales 2015. We hope you will continue to support the Foundation during the 2016 sales.

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

D54 Spring Newsletter 2015

Lou Malnati’s Fundraiser

Posted Sunday, January 18th, 2015

MalnatisPizzaDine-in, take-out or ask for delivery to help support the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation.  Lou Malnati’s is sponsoring a Restaurant Benefit Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Schaumburg – 11am-10pm
1 S. Roselle Road 847-985-1525
Dine-in, Carryout & Delivery (within zone)

Barrington Road – 4pm-10pm
375 S. Barrington Road 847-524-1900
Carryout & Delivery (within zone)

Lou Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales to the Foundation, but you must print out and present this flyer or show on mobile device.  Any questions, please contact Sophia Grassa at

Please mention Fundraiser Event when placing order.

Thank You!

Posted Saturday, October 18th, 2014


Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and guests at this years Mardi Gras & Casino Night 2015.  Because of all of you, the Foundation will be able to provide numerous grants to District 54 students to enhance their educational experiences.

Dennis Quinn – Legacy of Leadership

Posted Monday, August 18th, 2014

It is with a sad heart that I write this announcement of death of former Schaumburg Township Elementary School Chairman Dennis Quinn.

Dennis and his wife, Barb, initially became involved in School District 54 by donating their time and resources to the PTAs at Nerge and Mead, the schools their children attended.

In 1998, Dennis joined the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation. Five months after joining, he became the Foundation chairman, a position he held until 2010. He was well known for his ability to not only raise funds to support our schools, but also to cultivate relationships between educators, business partners and the community we serve.

I first met Dennis in 2003, when I attended the Foundation’s Mardi Gras for the first time as a new administrator in District 54. As I became more active in the Foundation, I was fortunate to spend more time with Dennis and witness firsthand his dedication to the children of District 54.

In 2002, District 54 nominated Dennis for the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Award for volunteers, an award he received. More recently, the Foundation began offering the Dennis P. Quinn Super Grant, in recognition of the support Dennis has given to the Foundation. This grant, of up to $10,000, is awarded annually to a group of district employees to foster creative approaches to learning.

The Foundation’s Memorial Grant began under Dennis’ leadership as chairman. Children from families facing financial difficulties can apply for this grant to cultivate academic, cultural or athletic interests outside of the school day. These grants are funded, in part, through contributions received in honor of individuals who have passed away.

Although I am saddened that our community has lost a great man, I am honored to be able to donate to the Foundation in his name, to keep his legacy alive.

For anyone interested in attending, the family announces that visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 22, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 23 at Calvary Community Church, 1000 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Calvary Community Church.