About Us

The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is an independent, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization established in 1991 and funded entirely by community and business supporters of education in Winona. The single purpose of the Foundation is to enrich and expand educational opportunities in Winona Area Public Schools by supporting important programs and projects that would otherwise not be available via normal district resources.

Grants are awarded each month by the Foundation that fund field trips, speakers and enrichment programs to enhance classroom learning. The Foundation also holds over 80 special funds created by individual supporters to benefit educational causes of specific interest. Donations can be made to the Foundation’s general fund or allocated to a special project, school or program of your choosing. These gifts can be made online (via this website), in person or by mail and are frequently made in honor or memory of a special person or event. Scholarship funds and memorials have been set up in a special person’s memory or honor to help the Foundation carry out its mission. Many donations have also been the result of specific financial arrangements such as wills, trusts or life insurance policies.

For more information, please contact our office at support@foundationwaps.org; 507-494-1004, 1570 Homer Rd, Winona, MN 55987.

Heartfelt thanks to all our generous donors and supporters. In the past year alone, over a quarter of a million dollars has been directed through the Foundation to projects and programs that enhance public education. We are so grateful for your help in keeping our schools strong.