Our community, our kids. Together we make a difference.

Step up for CSD
As the end of school approaches, it is a great time to honor the educators that make a difference every day!  Make a tribute gift in honor of a CSD teacher or staff person and we will post your message (check out tributes here), share it with them AND deliver a yard sign to your Decatur address! Learn more or make your gift HERE.
Become a DEF Mentor
There are many ways to give back to your community through DEF.  Volunteering as a mentor can be an incredibly meaningful way to connect with a Decatur student and establish a relationship that can have a lasting impact. For more information about becoming a mentor in one of our three mentoring programs, click HERE.
We Make an Impact! One of the ways we support youth in our community is by promoting teacher innovation in our schools. With generous contributions from our community, we are able to do that through our Teacher Innovation Grants that we award every fall and spring. To see the latest ways in which our teachers are engaging our students in new and creative ways, click HERE.
  • Support for Small and Big Initiatives

    “DEF’s magic recipe is that it supports small things that make a big difference as well as larger strategic initiatives. Whether it’s the pair of glasses for a girl who needs them to read, a grant to ensure that all kids can take advantage of enriching summer adventures or funding big collaborations in the arts, technology and sciences, DEF is there with ideas, support and funding.”

    — Margaret Master
  • Teacher Innovation

    “Decatur Education Foundation supports special projects that make our schools stand apart from the rest. They allow teachers to imagine and implement innovative and creative projects that inspire students. Teachers who have access to resources are more likely to ask, ‘what is possible?’ Thanks to the DEF, our teachers don’t ask ‘whether’ but ‘how.'”

    — Kristen Karably
  • Student Assistance

    “The specific needs associated with transitional (homeless) students and other students in need are multidimensional and can have a profound effect on the areas of their physical health, psychological development, and academic achievement. School systems alone do not have the ability to address all the issues faced by at-risk students and their families. DEF responds to CSD requests for student assistance and provides generous financial support. As a result, the multiple needs of students and their families continue to be met, bringing them closer to attaining stability and academic success!”

    — Robbin Dickerson, Family Support Specialist,
    CSD McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison
  • Why We Support DEF

    We believe that by enriching the lives of local children in need, we will strengthen the community as a whole. We made a gift specifically to support summer opportunities so that other parents in our community can breathe easier, knowing their children are in safe and fun learning environments.

    — James and Amy Radford, Decatur parents
  • Investing in the Fine Arts

    I give to the Decatur Education Foundation through payroll deduction because DEF has been so generous to the Decatur High School fine arts in their Teacher Innovation Grants. Thanks to the DEF, we’ve gotten additional sheet music to sing, handbells to supplement our performances, pianos for use throughout the DHS performing arts center, and great choir microphones which have amplified musicians at graduation, concerts, the spring musical, and even the marching band this past year. In short, the Decatur Education Foundation has given us a song to sing, bells to ring, and microphones so more ears can hear the great work of the CSD students.

    — Elise Eskew
    Choral Instructor, Decatur High School
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