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  • The purpose of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Designated Fund is to enhance and enrich our students' experience by supporting projects and initiatives that promote equity and inclusion for individuals of all ages, dialects, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic status levels. Intentionally fostering empathy for all peers and adults will encourage increased tolerance and dialogue between diverse populations within District #61 and the larger community.

    "In a world in which economic, ethnic, gender, health, and racial dispariites are prevalent, it's imperative that we work to ensure that our school district inentionally embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. Doing so is in the best interest of our students, staff, families, and community." — Nikki L. Garry, Foundation Vice Chair and DEI Designated Fund Founder

    District #61 Minority Demographics

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    Wish to support the mission of the Decatur Public Schools Foundation? Our Trustees connect your gift to those of other supporters to make a tremendous impact on our city's classrooms. You can check out our menu of specific options to contribute, or simply make a general gift for unrestricted use by the Foundation across a range of educational activities.
    Every contribution is 100% tax-deductible. Provide your contact information and our office will generate a Thank You letter for your records. 

Ideas for Schools

    • Black History Month events (February)
    • Women's History Month events (March)
    • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month events (May)
    • National Hispanic Heritage Month events (September/October)
    • Indigenous Peoples Day events (October)
    • National Coming Out Day events (October)
    • Chicago and St. Louis-area DEI events
    • Student Collage projects

DEI Fund Steering Committee

  • Nikki L. Garry

    Vice Chair, Decatur Public Schools Foundation

    Director of Campus Life for BIPOC Student Support, Millikin University


    Kathy Thompson

    Secretary, Decatur Public Schools Foundation

    Retired Teacher/Administrator, Decatur Public Schools


    Zach Shields

    Executive Director, Decatur Public Schools Foundation

  • DPS Foundation LogoThe Decatur Public Schools Foundation is a privately-funded, tax-exempt organization. Its mission is to acquire and distribute resources to Decatur Public Schools to enhance, enrich, and encourage learning opportunities for its students, staff, and community. It is directed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operates independently to generate financial and in-kind support for District #61.