a history of giving that changes the lives of kids

The Heritage

For generations, the Park Cities community has been distinguished by its devotion to education. Countless families have moved into the community to benefit from the schools that are among the finest in the nation. Accomplished alumni provide ongoing affirmation of the quality of education received in the Highland Park schools through their own personal achievements and their contributions to the greater society. All Park Cities residents and alumni of the Highland Park schools take pride in our historic tradition where excellence is more than a goal, it is the standard.

The Challenge

Current school funding issues offer a challenge to our tradition of excellence.  An ever increasing percentage of our property tax dollars formerly designated for our schools, now leave the community to be re-distributed to other school districts across the state. For the first time in our history we are unable to maintain the quality of our schools through the expenditure of tax dollars alone.

Without adequate funding the standard of excellence is in jeopardy. It is increasingly clear that the only way to preserve our educational standards for future generations is through private funding.

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The Solution

The Highland Park Education Foundation exists to provide private funding in support of the education of our children.  Established in 1984, the Foundation is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organization raising private funds that cannot be diverted through state recapture legislation.

This private funding has proven to be significant in preserving and enriching the quality of education in the Park Cities through supplemental support for teacher salaries, facilities, equipment, and programs vital to our children.  We are fortunate to be a part of a caring community that understands the importance of the schools in defining the spirit of the community, maintaining property values, and creating a common bond among our neighbors.

The Opportunities

The Highland Park Education Foundation is committed to creating The Tartan Fund, a substantial permanent endowment fund which will assure the long-term quality of the Park Cities schools. Working together school families, residents, alumni and friends can generate the resources necessary to sustain and enhance the tradition of educational excellence. The Tartan Fund, along with other traditional programs, offers far-reaching solutions to achieve our ultimate goal of preserving the heritage of excellence of the Highland Park schools.

Education for Life

HPEF is a registered 501(c)3 organization
Tax ID 75-1999200

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