A Decatur family has bestowed the Decatur Education Foundation with its single largest gift to date, a $500,000 donation that will provide a wide range of educational support to the city’s students.
The gift was announced this evening on the city square at the kick-off of the “Terrific Thursdays” holiday shopping season.
“This gift will allow us to continue to build on the work accomplished over the past 10 years to ensure that every child in Decatur has opportunities to thrive,” says Paula Collins, chair of DEF’s board. “Coupled with the continued support from our community, it will allow us to impact exponentially more children. For that, we are most grateful.”
The Decatur family, who chose to remain anonymous, said they made the gift to express their gratitude “to Decatur teachers and staff who do such wonderful work educating the children in our community, and who play such an important role in making Decatur a great place to live.” They also expressed appreciation to those who made a difference in their child’s education and said they viewed the Decatur Education Foundation as “the best vehicle for making an impact on students throughout the community.”
“This gift will impact youth across our community, at every grade level, and build on our successful partnership with City Schools of Decatur,” says Gail Rothman, DEF executive director. “But it’s more than a major act of generosity — it is also a catalyst for us to take the Foundation to the next level. There is so much more to be done to ensure that all children have what they need to be successful in school and in life, and we hope that it will inspire others in our community to join in our work.”
A portion of the gift has been set up to inspire additional donations to build broader, deeper support for the Foundation. Every dollar given to the Decatur Education Foundation’s annual campaign between now and December 31st will be matched 1:1 up to $50,000 total. Find information about how to donate on this page.
About the Decatur Education Foundation
The Decatur Education Foundation works to help Decatur children and youth realize their full potential, not only in the classroom but also through learning experiences that contribute to personal development. The Foundation generates financial support from individuals and organizations, awarding grants and administering scholarships, and engaging the community to contribute their time and talents to activities that ultimately benefit Decatur’s youth. DEF fills a unique role in the Decatur community, connecting resources with the needs of children.
Gail Rothman, Executive Director, email@example.com — 404-377-0641