At the Monday night board meeting of Evanston Township High School District 202, Joanne Bertsche, executive director of the ETHS Foundation, and David Futransky, senior vice president of institutional advancement for the school, presented the board members with the annual report of the ETHS Foundation showing that the organization raised over $3 million in one year.
The foundation was created in 2008, just a few years after Witherspoon arrived on campus as superintendent, and helps raise and distribute funds for academic and extracurricular programs that the school budget cannot normally cover.
During the 2021 fiscal year alone – July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 – the foundation has raised over $3 million in grants and committed over $1.7 million in grants and scholarships to ETHS . Of that money, $900,000 went to two major school projects: a new state-of-the-art ETHS Literacy Lab with a full support staff and a new women’s locker room and all-gender locker room.
In its entire history since 2008, the ETHS Foundation has donated $9.5 million in grants to ETHS, according to Bertsche and Futransky, and $7.6 million has specifically paid for new learning spaces and advancements on campus.
“You can see from 2008 to 2021 what the trajectory was, and isn’t it ironic that it also follows Dr. Witherspoon,” Bertsche said. “I can honestly say that having the support and validation of leadership at the top makes a difference. It has increased our visibility and the trust of our donors to donate to our school. I look forward to working with Dr. Campbell in the same capacity, because I know he is already interested in partnering and talking to our most generous alumni and supporters.”