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.

Funding

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 Facebook live event starts soon! Join Dysart for factual information about the upcoming override and why it’s so important.The Dysart Unified School District invites the community to participate in a virtual event to learn facts about the Override Continuation Election on Monday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be virtual and take place here on our district page via Facebook Live. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation by district leadership and participants will then be able to comment with questions for panelists to answer. We hope you can join us, and remember the last day to register to #vote is October 5 and Election Day is November 3! ... See MoreSee Less

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Mark your calendars! Dysart Unified School District will host a virtual informational meeting on Monday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. regarding the Override Continuation Election. See details below.The Dysart Unified School District invites the community to participate in a virtual event to learn facts about the Override Continuation Election on Monday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be virtual and take place here on our district page via Facebook Live. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation by district leadership and participants will then be able to comment with questions for panelists to answer. We hope you can join us, and remember the last day to register to #vote is October 5 and Election Day is November 3! ... See MoreSee Less

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Dysart Education Foundation is pleased to have been selected to receive a $2,500 donation from Cox Charities. This gift is part of nearly $565,000 in statewide donations given to local nonprofits this year. Thanks to the generosity of Cox employees in Arizona, we are proud to continue providing teacher mini-grants that support innovative learning opportunities including STEM projects and specific needs brought about by COVID-19. Thank you for your generosity and support of Dysart School District teachers and students! ... See MoreSee Less

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2019-2020 Dysart Education Foundation Board Members

Billie Laird

President

Quinn Kellis

Superintendent/Director

Teresa Heatherly

Director

Kristi Richards

Vice-President

Donya Davis-Seay

Director

Fran Sperling

Director

Michelle Benham

Secretary

Bill Pupo

Director

Holly Bowen

Director

Monica Dorcey

Treasurer

Ken Hicks

Director

Kara Poling

Liaison

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!