About the Zeeland Education Foundation

Our History

The Zeeland Education Foundation was established in the spring of 2005. The goal of the Foundation is to raise private funds to enhance academic excellence for all students of Zeeland Public Schools. An anonymous donor graciously provided $10,000 in seed money to begin this effort. A community-wide fundraising campaign, called Crayons to Careers, was initiated to provide revenue and to establish the endowment fund. A Board of Directors comprised of parents, community leaders and educators within the Zeeland school district supervises the organization. The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area serves as the fiscal agent for Foundation’s endowment fund also known as The Legacy Fund.

Annually a committee comprised of students, educators, parents and community members form to serve as the Grant Review Committee. This committee reviews the requests of funding for projects and supplies that are designed to enhance the academic excellence of our students, and go above and beyond what the curriculum budget provides. Any Zeeland Public Schools staff member may apply for grants.

Our Funds

The Legacy Fund is our savings account (endowment). This fund is designed to provide long-range support to the school by investing the funds, accruing interest and leaving the principal intact. It provides a perpetual source of funding necessary to address educational needs far into the future. An endowment gift is made with the understanding that the principal is continually preserved and a percentage of the investment income is spent annually. Gifts can be made to the Legacy Fund as a cash donation, in-kind gifts, stocks, funds transfers and estate planning. The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area serves as the fiscal agent for our endowment fund, The Legacy Fund.

The Direct Impact Fund is our checking account. Gifts to this fund ensure that the Foundation is able to provide funding for the annual grant cycles while we continue to save for the future. Our goal is to support yearly granting cycles of $50,000. Our annual fundraiser, The Fowl Play Dinner, helps to provide for this.

Board of Directors

Tom Den Herder
President

Christine Powers
Vice President

Andy Johnson
Treasurer

Chris Pollack
Secretary

Jim Eickhoff

Gary Feenstra

Leslee Lewis

Ron Lewis

Amy Nash

Wendy Rebhan

Jim Schoettle

Korey Thomas

Mary Beth Timmer

Rick Van Dorp

Catherine Wasson

Nikki Kleinheksel
Director
Zeeland Education Foundation

Sara Stevens
Director
Zeeland Education Foundation

Cal DeKuiper,
Superintendent
Zeeland Public Schools

Dr. Brandi-Lyn Mendham
Director of Curriculum
Zeeland Public Schools

Contact Us

If you have questions or wish to discuss alternate ways to give to the Zeeland Education Foundation, please contact

Nikki Kleinheksel or Sara Stevens
183 W. Roosevelt Zeeland, MI 49464
616.748.3000
Zefdirectors@zps.org