The mission of the Yakima Schools Foundation is to enhance educational programs offered within the Yakima School District No. 7 by raising money
to fund immediate needs that support current classrooms and programs, and by establishing and maintaining perpetual funding sources, as
well as increasing community involvement in the Yakima Public Schools.
The Yakima Schools Foundation, founded in 1991, is a grass roots community-based organization working to expand and enhance learning opportunities for students throughout the Yakima School District. As a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the foundation exists exclusively by the support of private and corporate donations, payroll deductions, grants and other non-governmental funds.
The foundation is a completely separate non-profit organization that supports the mission, goals and needs of the Yakima School District. While not a part of the Yakima School District, the Yakima Schools Foundation has the flexibility to seek, accept, invest and channel funds without the restrictions imposed on public school districts.
Vice President: Nicole O'Connor
Secretary: Harlan Hefner
Past President: Harlan Hefner
Nicole St. Mary - Franson
Dr. Jack Irion
Nicole O'Connor is a Yakima native and graduate of Eisenhower High School. At IKE she played varsity basketball, edited the Reveille yearbook, and participated in Future Business Leaders of America. Following graduation she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Whitworth University in Spokane before finishing her formal education with a Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership at Seattle University.
When she moved back to Yakima in 2006 Nicole became involved in Junior League, Mothers of Preschools (MOPS) and the Yakima Dental Auxiliary and has served on each of their boards. These organizations helped her reconnect with the community and forge new friendships. After eight years as a grant management consultant, Nicole came on staff this fall at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission in the role of Director of Organizational Philanthropy.
Nicole joined the YSF Board in 2016 and currently serves as Vice President. "I feel lucky to have educators and coaches who invested in me. I want every child to feel that someone believes in them. I see YSF serving a role in encouraging the students, faculty, and staff of YSD when other resources may not be available." She lives in Yakima with her husband, Nate, three daughters, and a cute but neurotic rescue pup.
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