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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Ms. Reagan Hofeling updated us on how her teacher mini-grant impacted her classroom at Mountain View SchoolWith the DEF Mini-Grant I was able to purchase a Pneumo Pro for each flute student in band! These tools helped the students visualize how to use their air correctly. The flute students would start class on the Pneumo Pro while we did warm ups. As we transitioned back to the real flute head joint each student was able to produce a clearer tone each day. Our more experienced flute students used the Pneumo Pro to help them figure out their air direction for higher and more advanced notes. ... See MoreSee Less
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It was great to hear from Heather Featherstone of Mountain View School today to fill us in on how her mini-grant was used this year! Thank you for the funds from the DEF mini-grant. The funds were used to purchase a site license for the Soundtrap.com website, an audio editing site, and four USB microphones for use in my Intro to Podcasting music class at Mountain View School. The students learned how to use the software and the microphones to make final recordings of their podcasts. The students were very successful with the microphone and the software. ... See MoreSee Less
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2022-2023 Dysart Education Foundation Board Members

Kristi Richards


Dr. Jim Dean

Interim Superintendent/Director

Christine Williams


Mary Rosales


Beth Simek

Vice President

Donya Davis-Seay


Holly Bowen


Victor LaRosa


Michelle Watt


Bill Pupo


Lisa Fowler


Monica Dorcey


Ken Hicks


Marilee Timbrooks


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!