What is a School Partner?

School Partners provide a combination of volunteer time, in-kind contributions and financial resources to meet the specific needs of a DPS school through the School Partners Program.

What does a school partnership look like?

That’s largely up to you. We have a variety of partnership activities for you to choose from, and can also create a customized program that’s exactly the right fit for your organization and your employees. To be considered a School Partner, you must commit to a minimum of four activities with your school each year. Read further information about the diverse array of partnership activities available.

Why Join?

Joining the School Partners Program is an easy, rewarding way to make a contribution to Denver’s future. Your employees will love giving back – many School Partners say that their volunteer time with DPS students is the highlight of their week! What’s more, your business will benefit from a unique and profound sense of pride for contributing to the strength of Denver’s public school system and the success of our next generation of leaders – your future employees.

The School Partners Program offers support at every step of the process. Our team makes it easy for your organization to find the right school; build a meaningful and ongoing relationship with the students; and maintain employee engagement in the partnership activities. We offer ongoing assistance to ensure a strong, thriving and dynamic relationship with your school.

Recognition and Acknowledgement

School Partners are a deeply valued part of the DPS community. The School Partners Program celebrates the unique contributions of School Partners through many recognition vehicles including the DPS Foundation and Mile High United Way’s websites, social media channels, annual reports, at special events and more.

What kinds of activities do partners engage in?

Click here to learn about the diverse slate of engagement opportunities for partners.

Together, we can do more! Join our movement to create a great future for our kids. Learn more and contact Katie Wienecke at (720) 423-3226 or kwienecke@dpsfoundation.org.

School Partner Story

SchoolPartnersTIAA-CREF launched a long-term collaboration with MSU Denver and the DPS Foundation to adopt Bruce Randolph. Programs such as this one are part of the DPS Foundation’s School Partners Program, an initiative which cultivates, nurtures and sustains meaningful relationships between DPS schools and the Denver community. The collaboration will engage TIAA-CREF and MSU Denver volunteers in tutoring programs, a job shadowing event and financial literacy workshops, all while building invaluable mentor relationships for Bruce Randolph students. Principal Cesar Cedillo, former alumnus of West High School and MSU Denver stated, “This is what it’s about; getting students out of their comfort zone and into a new world.” TIAA-CREF also donated an abundance of school supplies for Bruce Randolph students, helping them start the new school year on the right foot. Read more>