PPS Parent Equity Fund

Funded by the PPS parent community, the PPS Parent Equity Fund provides needed financial support to high-need PPS schools.

In 1994-95, on the heels of Measure 5’s cuts to public education, parents from a number of Portland schools asked the Portland Public School Board to allow them to create a vehicle for raising private dollars to support teaching and staff positions at their schools. The Portland School Board allowed for the creation of “local school foundations” at all of Portland’s public schools. The School Board also required that an Equity Fund be established. One-third of all funds raised (after the first $10,000) by Local School Foundations is set aside in the PPS Parent Equity Fund that we steward and distribute to high-need schools using a data-driven formula; a formula that is examined each year to ensure the funds are reaching the highest need schools.

Since its establishment, the PPS Parent Equity Fund has attracted national attention for its creative and collaborative approach to addressing disparities in school funding and has awarded almost $11 million in grants to schools in need. Read more from national media outlets: The New York Times (6/21/12) and Education Week (3/12/12).

See how the 2016/17 PPS Parent Equity Grant Recipients Used Their Grant Awards

Formula for determining 2017/18 grants can be found here

Click here for the PPS Parent Equity Fund Contribution Calculator

Recipients:

2017/18 PPS Parent Equity Fund Grant Awards

2016/17 PPS Parent Equity Fund Grant Awards

2015/16 PPS Parent Equity Fund Grant Awards

2014-15 PPS Parent Equity Fund Grant Awards

2013-14 PPS Parent Equity Fund Grant Awards

2012-13 PPS Parent Equity Fund Grant Awards

2011-12 PPS Parent Equity Fund Grant Awards