About LEF


Who We Are

The Lindale ISD Education Foundation:

  • is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit tax exempt-philanthropic organization of citizens
  • shares a vision of enhancing education in Lindale ISD
  • works to increase private support for educational activities in Lindale ISD
  • benefits Lindale ISD students and staff personnel by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars
  • fosters creative approaches to education through private grants and involvement
  • awards Foundation funds through a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders

The Lindale Independent School District has developed a quality educational program that provides students with enrichment, acceleration and attention to special needs.   Sustaining excellent educational programs and services requires technology, laboratories, cultural experiences, up-to-date occupational and technical equipment, resource materials and, primarily, outstanding teachers.  Meeting the current and future educational needs of all students so that they may be productive citizens of tomorrow does require a substantial investment.

  • Teacher salaries need to be high enough to attract the best candidates to the field, as well as attract the best professionals to a district that values quality.
  • Functional, well-maintained facilities are needed to house resources and programs that serve students.
  • Equipment and technology must be purchased, adapted and maintained for students to develop skills and knowledge for the 21st Century.
  • Staff development must be provided to enable teachers to remain informed, to improve their own skills, and become more effective.

In the state’s economy, most school districts no longer have discretionary funds for services and activities that exceed minimum needs and requirements.  The situation calls for finding new resources to assist in building and increasing excellence.

For that reason, the Lindale ISD Education Foundation was created.


What is the Purpose of the Lindale ISD Education Foundation?

The Lindale ISD Education Foundation provides a new and innovative source of funding to support the school district’s educational plan.  The Foundation does not attempt to replace lost state funding, nor does it attempt to take the place of the district’s operating budget.  When considering the level of funding required to educate students, the Foundation can expect only to provide funds for those projects and activities that go beyond the normal classroom experience.  Such initiatives WILL provide enrichment, research opportunities, training, intervention and prevention strategies and extend the educational effort.  Funds provided by the Foundation will directly benefit students in the Lindale Independent School District and will make a positive difference for them.  Donations will remain in the school district and thus benefit the entire community through an investment in education and quality of life.

The Foundation will begin its work by conducting a one-time Founders’ Drive to raise the initial capital to begin funding 2009-2010 programs.  The initial Founders’ Drive goal is $150,000 to be contributed by donors who will be recognized as Founders.  The Names of initial contributors will be appropriately displayed in a prominent location in the District.

In placing an emphasis on creating a perpetual source of funding, a per cent of all undesignated contributions will be set aside as an endowment.  As this endowment grows, it will eventually provide a secure source of educational funds for funding programs from interest earned on invested capital, keeping the endowment intact.  Remaining contributions will fund a variety of innovative programs and projects initiated by teachers and administrators at the campus and district levels.

The Foundation’s plan calls for development of ongoing annual activities and projects that involve the entire community of staff, families, businesses and organizations to build a broader base of funding and a higher level of support for the school district.  Ways to contribute include:

  • Planned giving
  • Annual support
  • Endowment gifts
  • Pledges
  • Gifts in-kind
  • Matched giving
  • Memorials and tributes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lindale ISD Education Foundation is to create and sustain a visionary coalition of businesses and citizens generating investments and funding for innovative programs and initiatives that enrich and inspire educational and leadership opportunities that will benefit the students and teachers of Lindale ISD.

The Foundation will achieve its mission by directing resources toward the following goals:

  • Encourage all students to work to their highest potential
  • Support staff for innovative efforts
  • Recognize staff for exemplary teaching
  • Build community awareness for the Lindale ISD Education Foundation
  • Inspire parents, community and businesses to participate with the school district in enriching education

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Memberships

The Lindale ISD Education Foundation is a proud member of the Texas Education Foundation Network and the National School Foundation Association.