One local school district's educational foundation is doing a fundraiser that aligns well with the holiday season.
Lincoln Community High School's Educational Foundation this year is selling gold plated ornaments of the school's mascot, the "Railerman". Superintendent of Lincoln High School, Robert Bagby says this drive will raise a small portion of funds, however, it is mostly being done to raise awareness of the Foundation's existence.
Many foundations are very limited in the amount of support they can provide students with scholarships and money to provide the district for un-budgeted things they need. Bagby explains about 15 years ago, Lincoln High School's foundation raised almost a million and a half dollars, and that money is used solely for student scholarship.
That million and a half dollars is managed wisely by a couple financial professionals in Lincoln. While many educational foundations rely heavily on fundraising efforts throughout the year, Lincoln High School's has very few fundraisers, in fact, it is because of this Bagby has found not many people know about the Foundation.
Every spring the school district holds a financial aid night for seniors interested in going on to college. Bagby says on that night, Foundation representatives will speak to all those in attendance and inform them of scholarship opportunities for college. Bagby feels the amount of scholarship money the Foundation is able to distribute each year speaks volumes for the things they try to accomplish.