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Giving Tuesday 24-Hour Fundraising Challenge!

#EmpowertheFuture success of our students with emotional and behavioral disabilities by providing them with career and college opportunities and resources through the *Career Connections program! Will you help?

More than 80 percent of The Foundation Schools  students from across the greater Washington area live in poverty, but today you can bridge the gap to ensure our students have the means to OBTAIN post-secondary success with opportunities they would not otherwise receive.


$500*: Provides bus transportation for 25 students  to and from post-secondary events (i.e. college tours, career fairs,  etc.)

$400: Provides one students with driver’s education at  Drive Alive Driving School

$250: Provides one student with a SAT prep course

$100: Provides critical supplies for the “Strive to Succeed Workroom” (In- school internship for high school students)

$50: Covers college application and transcript fees for one student

$25: Covers community college application fee for one student

Thank you for helping to #EmpowertheFuture of our students and communities!

*For a minimum contribution of $500 to the Career Connections program, any individual or business in Maryland is eligible to receive tax credits equal to 50% of the contribution.


Sample emails to send to your friends, family and colleagues

Sample Facebook Posts

Sample Twitter Posts


Follow these three easy steps to make an IMPACT:

1) Create a #EmpowertheFuture fundraising team

Click the “fundraise for this campaign” button to create your team for the #EmpowertheFuture Giving Tuesday challenge! Don’t want to create a team? Click the donate button to make an individual donation.

2) Tell Your Friends!
No matter how big or small, every donation counts! Sample social media posts and emails are available.

3) Let the Challenge Begin!
The #EmpowertheFuture Giving Tuesday challenge begins on November 29, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on November 30, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. 


What is the Career Connections program?:

The Foundation Schools’ Career Connections program helps our students successfully transition from The Foundation Schools to post-secondary education or the world of work through the provision of career assessments/curriculum materials, business attire, testing/ placement fees, transportation costs, training and job coaching programs, field trips, college fairs/ tours, vocational training and other necessary preparation tools. Not only does it provide tools and opportunities in a small and individualized environment, but our students also receive direct support from the program through internship and externship opportunities including TFS Strive to Succeed Workroom and coordination with community partners.These supervised work-based learning experiences help students to develop their social skills and work ethic while enabling them to successfully transition from school to meaningful employment.

April 24, 2017
Alumni Spotlight

The Foundation Schools’ annual benefit was held on Thursday, March 30 at The University of Maryland Riggs Alumni Center. The event raised vital funds and awareness of the impact The Foundation Schools has on students’ lives.  This year’s program featured Rajon Jackson, an alumnus of The Foundation School of Montgomery County.  This video, created by […]

February 22, 2017
You are Invited!

Please join us at our 2017 Benefit as we “Build a Foundation to Empower the Future” with an exciting silent auction, special guests, student performances, fantastic student art and more!   Sponsorship opportunities available on our sponsor page. Please contact Kelli Kunert at kkunert@foundationschools.org or 301-881-0078 for more information. For contributions of $500 or more, donors are eligible to receive Maryland […]

January 6, 2017
Happy New Year! Save the Date!

Friends of The Foundation Schools, Save the date for The Foundation Schools 2017 Benefit and plan to join us as we “Build a Foundation to Empower the Future!” with an exciting silent auction, special guests, student performances, fantastic student art and more! Please contact Kelli Kunert at kkunert@foundationschools.org or 301-881-0078 for more information. Sponsorship opportunities available on our […]

December 6, 2016
Looking to Spread Holiday Cheer?

This time of year can be particularly difficult for our students and families in need, as more than 80 percent live below the poverty line. However, we have the power the brighten their holidays by supporting the 2016 TFS Holiday Drive!  For a list of drop-off locations, please email Sara Beegoo at SBeegoo@foundationschools.org To download and share […]

October 20, 2016
Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Click HERE to download the official flyer Click HERE to download the donation form You can donate online by visiting: https://www.givedirectcharity.org/donate/?cid=4775 (Select “Foundation Links” as the program area as the Drive is coordinated through this program for students who lack basic needs and therapeutic support) Thank you for your support of our students!

September 17, 2016
A Night Out Supporting Our Students!

** 9/9/16 Event Update from CaribUnited** Equinox September 2016 Event:   It is with the greatest sadness that due to unforeseen circumstances we have to cancel this year’s Equinox “The Formal All-Inclusive” event.  All who had made advance purchases for the event will receive a full refund.    This cancellation without a doubt is a sad moment […]

October 3, 2016
Remembering Dr. John Meeks, Founder of The Foundation Schools

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. John Meeks, the Founder of The Foundation Schools. He passed away at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Meeks, the inspiration and founder of The Foundation Schools, was devoted to the mission of our programs and a champion of the students we serve. He left behind a […]

August 8, 2016
School Supplies Needed!

Click HERE to donate online Thank you so much for your generosity for our students in need!

August 7, 2016
Alumni Spotlight: Rajon Jackson

On June 23, The Foundation School of Montgomery County commencement speaker and alumni, Rajon Jackson, reflected on his time at The Foundation Schools by commending the staff for not letting him internalize the negativity which surrounded him. “I was labeled the bad kid, a trouble maker and not smart…So, since I heard those things all the time I […]

May 2, 2016
First Lady’s Mental Health Awareness Youth Art Display

First Lady Yumi Hogan with TFS student Yasmeine Ford Photo Credit: Office of Governor Larry Hogan   On May 2, 2016 Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan hosted the First Lady’s Mental Health Awareness Youth Art Display in Annapolis. This event  featured talented student artwork with themes highlighting the importance of mental health awareness. The Foundation […]