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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.

School Supplies Needed!

Please help to ensure that our at-risk students can start the new school year with the supplies necessary for them to get on the path to success.  Donations of all types of new school supplies are needed and welcomed throughout the month of August, including: Pencils Colored Pencils Pens (Blue & Black Ink) Calculators (Including Used TI-84 Graphing Calculators) Notebooks (Composition […]

Congratulations to Our MANSEF Cardin Scholarship Winner!

We are so proud of FSMC student Ariannah, winner of the Cardin Scholarship from MANSEF! Ariannah showed great improvement academically, behaviorally, and socially, and she will be using the scholarship to attend private trainings at ZAVAZONE to develop her personal fitness, motor skills, and coordination. Congratulations, Ariannah!

Thank You!!

Thank you so very much to all of our sponsors, supporters, and guests who made The Foundation Schools 2018 Benefit such a resounding success!! Together, we raised over $160,000 for our vital programs, such as Foundation Links and Career Connections, that help our students rise above their challenges, and we could not have done it […]

Watch Us on Comcast Newsmakers!

The Foundation Schools was recently featured on Comcast Newsmakers! Hear what our CEO Gina James has to say about our mission, our recent benefit, and how we serve the intense needs of our students. View the video here!

March 22, 2018
Save The Date!

The Foundation Schools has been helping students rise above their challenges to see a successful future for more than 40 years. On March 22, 2018, please join us for a fun evening that includes dinner and drinks, networking, a silent auction, incredible student art and captivating student performances. This exciting event is held at the […]

Our 2016-2017 Annual Report is here!

Click here to see The Foundation Schools 2016-2017 Annual Report!  

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 […]

August 1, 2017
2017 School Supplies Drive!

Today is the first day of The Foundation Schools’ annual school supplies drive! Nearly 80 percent of our students live in poverty while struggling with emotional and behavioral disabilities. You can provide the tools and confidence they need to succeed this upcoming school year! We will be collecting school supplies during the entire month of […]

June 8, 2017
Save the Date for Do More 24!

On June 8, The Foundation Schools will join 600 local nonprofits in Do More 24 to raise funds for 24 hours. Just $24 can help our students with severe emotional disabilities have a brighter future. Visit DoMore24.org to learn more, and bookmark our page DoMore24.org/npos/the-foundation-schools for when the big day arrives!          […]

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 […]