Dysart Education Foundation

DEF is composed of volunteers who are passionate about supporting education in our community.  We are a nonprofit organization committed to raising funds for the purpose of enriching student learning in the Dysart Unified School District and supporting continued education for high school graduates.

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Dysart Education Foundation (DEF) was established in 1985 by employees and community members of the Dysart Unified School District. The Dysart Education Foundation was established for the purpose of raising, receiving, and disbursing funds to enrich the education and activities of students, teachers, and staff in the Dysart Unified School District. DEF is completely run by volunteers which ensures that every donation goes directly to funding scholarships and grants. Our board is comprised of retired teachers, professors, administrators, community leaders, and parents. DEF cares about our community and is dedicated to supporting our future leaders through education!

Are you passionate about supporting student education?  Do you have time, skills, or community connections that you’d like to use to help further the mission of the Dysart Education Foundation?  If so, please contact us today at general@defweb.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Currently the Dysart Education Foundation supports students through providing scholarships that high school graduates from the Dysart Unified School District can use toward higher education tuition costs.  Also, each year teachers are selected through a competitive grant process to receive mini-grants for innovative classroom learning activities.  Programs like this can only be sustained through the generous contributions of the community we serve.


Individual and Business Donations
The Dysart Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and, as such, donations to the organization may be tax deductible. The Foundation relies on contributions from the Dysart community for its funding and volunteer assistance.
United Way Campaign

United Way donations can be designated specifically for the Dysart Education Foundation. In 2019, DEF raised over $6,500 through the United Way.

Amazon Smile
DEF is registered as a non-profit on Amazon Smile. Register today and select Dysart Education Foundation on the website below. When you purchase items from Amazon Smile, a small percentage of your total will be donated to DEF helping us support students and teachers in the Dysart School District. Thank you for your support!
Fry's Community Rewards

DEF is registered as a non-profit with Fry’s Food Stores. Log in to your Fry’s account, select Community Rewards then select Dysart Education Foundation or one of the high school alumni groups to support a scholarship for that school. Once you link your Card, all you have to do is shop at Fry’s and swipe your Shopper’s Card. Click here for more information about Fry’s Community Rewards.

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The Surprise Sundancer Board selected Dysart Education Foundation as a recipient this year for the 50/50 Raffle Grant.The Surprise Sundancers collected $29,000.00 during the 2021 Spring Training season. Dysart Education Foundation will be receiving $507.88 from the 50/50 Raffle Grant to assist with the program’s initiatives. Thanks Sundancers for your support! ... See MoreSee Less
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Molly Davis, El Mirage Elementary's Reading Interventionist, received a DEF Mini-Grant that will fund Kindermusik® for kindergarten and 1st grade students who are learning to read. The research-based curriculum is built around music and focuses on language, literacy, and social skills. Students' families will receive online access to download songs and a storybook each month and will be able to sing and read with their children at home.Congratulations Molly, and thank you to Cox Charities and Southwest Foodservice Excellence for funding the DEF Spring Mini-Grants! ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulation to Andrea Zunigha, Social Worker at Kingswood Elementary! Andrea was awarded a DEF Spring Mini-Grant for her "Souper Swag Sacks" project which will ensure that needy students have food over the weekend. Students can privately check out a backpack with food on Friday and return the backpack on Monday without the embarrassment of other students knowing. A big "Thanks You" to Cox Charities and Southwest Foodservice Excellence for funding DEF's Spring Mini-Grants! ... See MoreSee Less
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2021-2022 Dysart Education Foundation Board Members

Billie Laird


Quinn Kellis


Holly Bowen


Kristi Richards


Donya Davis-Seay


Beth Simek


Michelle Watt


Bill Pupo


Jackie Edmonds


Monica Dorcey


Ken Hicks


Contribute to Our Mission

Large or small, your tax-deductible contribution to the Dysart Education Foundation directly affects the quality education programs. Make a donation using Paypal. A donation verification letter will be sent to the address you enter when making your donation. This letter may take up to 30 days to arrive. If you leave an email address we can email you the letter.

If choosing to donate by mail, please make sure to include all the following information when you send in your donation…

  • Your name
  • Your address, city, state and zip
  • Your phone number
  • Your tax-deductible contribution amount

Please mail to:

Dysart Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1898
Surprise, Arizona 85378-1898

Thank you for your contribution!

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the members of the Dysart Education Foundation Board using the link above.  Thank you!