The people & organizations who have supported the Rural Schools Collaborative since its launch in 2015.

Thank You!

$100,000 and more

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Catalyst Fund, Missouri
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Missouri
  • Galesburg Community Foundation, Illinois
  • Gary and Jana Funk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • National Rural Education Association
  • Patterson Family Foundation

$50,000 and more

  • Celia and Mark Godsil, Abingdon, Illinois
  • Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Teton Science Schools, Wyoming

$20,000 and more

  • Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools
  • Big Idea Program, Glenstone Square, Springfield, Missouri
  • James T. and Jean Beddow, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
  • John and Mary Cooper Charitable Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
  • Grand Victoria Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
  • Great Schools SI Initiative, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Michelle and Sascha Mornell, Hillsborough, California
  • The University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama

$10,000 and more

  • Cambridge Foundation, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Hood Family Donor Advised Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Julie and Bruce Leeth, Springfield, Missouri
  • North Dakota Small Organized Schools
  • Rural Community Alliance, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Carol Silvey, West Plains, Missouri
  • Twomey Foundation, Roseville, Illinois
  • West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, Minnesota

$5,000 and more

  • Cambridge Mountain Bike Park Fund, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Iowa
  • Dakota Resources, Renner, South Dakota
  • Dean L. Lund American Family Insurance Agency, Inc., Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon
  • Metis Leadership Group, Island Heights, New Jersey
  • North State Together, Redding, California
  • Parker Griffith Family Foundation, Montgomery, Alabama
  • University of Indianapolis - The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Wisconsin
  • An anonymous, in-kind donation in memory of Dr. Larry Chadwick

$1,000 and more

  • John Aeschlimann, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Alabama Education Association
  • Alabama Friends of Rural Schools
  • American Family Insurance, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Arizona Rural Schools Association, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Ray F. Aton Memorial Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • California State University, Chico
  • Cambridge WI Farm to School Fund
  • Central Illinois Rural Schools Collaborative, Charleston
  • Community Foundation of Macon County, Decatur, Illinois
  • Fogle Family Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Forefront, Chicago, Illinois
  • Funk Family Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Hal and Kathy Funk, Springfield, Missouri
  • Josh and Stacy Gibb, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Graham Local Schools, St. Paris, Ohio
  • Lavina Grandon, Valley Springs, Arkansas
  • JKH Enterprises, Springfield, Missouri
  • Jay and Kim Handy, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Steven Johnson, Lisbon, North Dakota
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Natalie Kessler, Wataga, Illinois
  • Northern Arizona University Rural Resource Center, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Mike Knutson, Watertown, South Dakota
  • Larry Lee, Montgomery, Alabama
  • The Lumpkin Family Foundation, Mattoon, Illinois
  • Dr. Arthur Mallory, Springfield, Missouri
  • Tammy LaPrad, Macomb, Illinois
  • Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, Galesburg, IL
  • Ohio Small Rural Collaborative, St. Paris
  • Brian and Denise Reid, Charleston, Illinois
  • Rural Conservation Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Geneva Shoemaker, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Terry ┼×ivesind, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Shasta College, Redding, California
  • Steve and Laurie Struss, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Lance Ternasky & Willa Moore, Avon, Illinois
  • Tracy Family Foundation, Mount Sterling, Illinois
  • Your Cause, Plano, Texas

Additional contributions

  • Deborah Anderson, Oakland, Nebraska
  • David and Vicki Ardrey, Murphysboro, Illinois
  • Kate Baird, Springfield, Missouri
  • Sally & Rob Baird, Springfield, Missouri, in honor of Julie Leeth
  • Joseph Bartmann, Renner, South Dakota
  • Jane Bork, Pasadena, California
  • Kristen Bovee
  • Renee and Phillip Carr, Fox, Arkansas, In memory of Rodney Rushing
  • Rand and Molly Chappell, Charleston, Illinois
  • Liliana Coelho, Ithaca, New York
  • Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Earling Insurance Financial Service, Iowa
  • Bill and Gina Eggert, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Andrea Evans, Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Donald and Judith Fishburn, Forsyth, Illinois, In memory of Hal D. Funk
  • Savannah Franklund, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Megan Funk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pat Funk, Springfield, Missouri
  • Randy and Cheri Funk, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Pat Funk, Springfield, Missouri, In memory of Evelyn Ruckman
  • Katherine Funk, Springfield, Missouri, In memory of Hal D. Funk
  • Katherine Funk, Springfield, Missouri, In honor of Jana Funk
  • John Glasgow, Monmouth, Illinois
  • J.R. Glasgow, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Kelly Goode, New Windsor, Illinois
  • Gene Gowan, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Brent and Jeannie Glover, Harrison, Arkansas
  • Grace and Galen Hasler, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Rivi Handler-Spitz, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Rick Gregory and Carolyn Herman, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jefferson County American Federation of Teachers Local 2143, Birmingham, Alabama
  • C.J. Jennings, Brooklyn, New York
  • Quinton Klabon, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
  • Kelly and Louise Knauer Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • David Dickenson and Jeannine LaPrad, Michigan
  • Maggie Langenfeld, Earling, Iowa
  • Diane Lewis, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jonathan Lewis, Stoughton, Wisconsin
  • Gregory and Donna Lunnon, Oak Grove, Missouri, In memory of Hal D. Funk
  • Karen McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, Kansas
  • Carol & Walter McClennen, Holliston, Massachusetts
  • Nate McClennen, Jackson, Wyoming
  • Susan McKim, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Emily Meier, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Kevin and Jan Mayes, Smithville, Missouri, In memory of Hal D. Funk
  • Jim and Sally Meier, Waunakee, Wisconsin
  • Jan Miller, Meridian, Mississippi
  • Karen Miller, Ozark, Missouri
  • John Minnich, Madison, Wisconsin
  • National Governors Association
  • Rick and Brenda Norem, Bowler, Wisconsin
  • Bryan and Sharon Reber, Athens, Georgia
  • Barb Reffitt, Lampe, Missouri
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Judith Rose, Longmont, Colorado
  • Kallie Sandell, Renton, Washington
  • Susan Schroth, Redding, California
  • Ann Schulte, Chico, California
  • Jim Shurts, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Lacey Skorepa, Rock Island, Illinois
  • Howard Spiegle, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
  • Janel Stucky, Princeton, New Jersey
  • The Do Something Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Paul Theobald, Osmond, Nebraska
  • Third Cup Fund, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Sandra Thomastan, Alabama
  • Jon Turner, Ozark, Missouri
  • Susan Twomey, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Horace Williams, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Lisa Wilt, Ohio, Illinois
  • Mark Willhardt, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Hailey Winkleman, Carmi, Illinois
  • Clarence Wyatt & Lobi Stone, Monmouth, Illinois

We invite you to support our work by making an online contribution. Thank you for your consideration!

Gifts Given in Honor of a Teacher Who Has Made an Impact

2022 Gifts:

In honor of Mark Kohorst & Kris DeWild, by Maggie Langenfeld

In memory of her 1950's rural Iowa School Teacher, by Judith Rose

In honor of Jim Beddow & Gary Funk, by Steven Johnson

2021 Gifts:

In honor of Amy Troy, by Savannah Franklund

In honor of Joyce Bass, by John Glasgow

In honor of Richard Schmit, by Steve Johnson

In honor of Karen McCabe-Juhnke, by Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

In honor of Cyrus Weaver, of Middleton High School, by John Minnich

In honor of Sharon Huggins, by Ann Schulte

In honor of Emily Driscoll, by Hailey Winkleman