Donors

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

We put a lot of care into this list, but if your name is inaccurate or omitted, please let us know by emailing info@ruralschoolscollaborative.org. Thank you for your generosity!

$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, Kansas

$50,000 and more:

  • Celia and Mark Godsil, Abingdon, Illinois
  • Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Teton Science Schools, Wyoming
  • The University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama

$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, Illinois
  • Grand Victoria Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
  • Great Schools SI Initiative, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Michelle and Sascha Mornell, Hillsborough, California

$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, Bismarck, North Dakota
  • North State Together, Redding, California
  • Parker Griffith Family Foundation, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Rural Community Alliance, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Carol & Richard Silvey, West Plains, Missouri
  • Twomey Foundation, Roseville, Illinois
  • West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, Minnesota

$5,000 and more:

  • Arizona Rural Schools Association, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 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
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Metis Leadership Group, Island Heights, New Jersey
  • Northern Arizona University Rural Resource Center, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • University of Indianapolis - The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Wisconsin

$1,000 and more:

  • John Aeschlimann, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Alabama Education Association
  • Alabama Friends of Rural Schools
  • American Family Insurance, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 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
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks President's Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • 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
  • Natalie Kessler, Wataga, Illinois
  • Mike Knutson, Watertown, South Dakota
  • Larry Lee, Montgomery, Alabama
  • The Lumpkin Family Foundation, Mattoon, Illinois
  • Dr. Arthur & Joann Mallory, Springfield, Missouri
  • Tammy LaPrad, Macomb, Illinois
  • Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Nate McClennen, Jackson, Wyoming
  • Derek & Sherry Nelson, Lake Mills, Wisconsin
  • Ohio Small Rural Collaborative, St. Paris
  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • Brian and Denise Reid, Charleston, Illinois
  • Rural Conservation Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Susan Schroth, Redding, California
  • Geneva Shoemaker, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Terry Şivesind, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Shasta College, Redding, California
  • Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, Effingham, Illinois
  • Steve and Laurie Struss, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Lance Ternasky & Willa Moore, Avon, Illinois
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • University of Maine, Orono, Maine
  • Tracy Family Foundation, Mount Sterling, Illinois
  • Your Cause, Plano, Texas

Additional Contributions:

  • Deborah Anderson, Oakland, Nebraska
  • David and Vicki Ardrey, Murphysboro, Illinois
  • Annelise Ayres, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Kate Baird, Springfield, Missouri
  • Sally & Rob Baird, Springfield, Missouri
  • Joseph Bartmann, Renner, South Dakota
  • Matthew Baumgartner
  • Catharine Biddle, Orono, Maine
  • Rhonda Bishop, Pittsburg, Missouri
  • Terry & Jane Bork, Pasadena, California
  • Kristen Bovee
  • Renee and Phillip Carr, Fox, Arkansas
  • Rand and Molly Chappell, Charleston, Illinois
  • Connie Ciesielski, North Aurora, Illinois
  • Liliana Coelho, Ithaca, New York
  • Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Dave Dallas, Bend, Oregon
  • Aaron David, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Julie David, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Madeline Dayley, Seattle, Washington
  • Earling Insurance Financial Service, Iowa
  • Bill and Gina Eggert, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Andrea Evans, Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Donald and Judith Fishburn, Forsyth, Illinois
  • Savannah Franklund, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Megan Funk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pat Funk, Springfield, Missouri
  • Randy and Cheri Funk, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Pat Funk, Springfield, Missouri
  • Katherine Funk, Springfield, Missouri
  • Getting Smart, Federal Way, Washington
  • John Glasgow, Monmouth, Illinois
  • J.R. Glasgow, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Kelly Goode, New Windsor, Illinois
  • Gene Gowan, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Brent and Jeannie Glover, Harrison, Arkansas
  • Rebecca Handler-Spitz, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Melissa Harris, Snellville, Georgia
  • Grace and Galen Hasler, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Rick Gregory & Carolyn Herman, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Troy Hippen, Monmouth, Illinois
  • 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
  • Todd Kruse
  • David Dickinson and Jeannine LaPrad, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Dean Langenfeld, LaVista, Nebraska
  • Maggie Langenfeld, Earling, Iowa
  • Jonathan Lewis, Stoughton, Wisconsin
  • Gregory and Donna Lunnon, Oak Grove, Missouri
  • Kevin and Jan Mayes, Smithville, Missouri
  • Karen McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, Kansas
  • Carol & Walter McClennen, Holliston, Massachusetts
  • Susan McKim, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Emily Meier, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jim and Sally Meier, Waunakee, Wisconsin
  • Kristi Millar, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Ronald Millar
  • Jan Miller, Meridian, Mississippi
  • Karen Miller, Ozark, Missouri
  • Kristi Miller, Monmouth, Illinois
  • John Minnich, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Gregory Montalvo, Macomb, Illinois
  • National Governors Association
  • Rick and Brenda Norem, Bowler, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Allen Pratt, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Bryan & Sharon Reber, Athens, Georgia
  • Barb & Paul Reffitt, Lampe, Missouri
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Annah Rogers, Calera, Alabama
  • Judith Rose, Longmont, Colorado
  • Bradley Rowe, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Rural Educational Heritage INC., Fox, Arkansas
  • Madeline Sall, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Kallie & Natan Sandell Lopez, Renton, Washington
  • Matthew Schofield, Nicholson, Pennsylvania
  • Ann Schulte, Chico, California
  • Jim Shurts, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Lacey Skorepa, Rock Island, Illinois
  • Howard Spiegel, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
  • Jay & Nicole Spoonhour, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nate & Janel Stucky, Princeton, New Jersey
  • The Do Something Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Paul Theobald, Osmond, Nebraska
  • Third Cup Fund, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Sandra Thomaston, Alabama
  • Jon Turner, Ozark, Missouri
  • Susan Twomey, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Mary Jo Unger, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Nancy Van Milligen, Dubuque, Iowa
  • James and Barbara Voight, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Amy Whitehead, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Henry Whitehead, Mineral Point, Wisconsin
  • Horace Williams, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Lisa Wilt, Ohio, Illinois
  • Mark Willhardt, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Hailey Winkleman, Carmi, Illinois
  • Michael Wleklinski, Seattle, Washington
  • Clarence Wyatt & Lobi Stone, Monmouth, Illinois

In Honor of...

Mr. Peter Amati
By Nate McClennen

Joyce Bass
By John Glasgow

Dr. Jim Beddow
By Steven Johnson

Mr. Bill, my debate coach
By Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

Mr. Caeser
By John & Karen McCabe-Junke

Kris DeWild & Mark Kohorst
By Maggie Langenfeld

Emily Driscoll
By Hailey Winkleman

Gary Funk
By Steven Johnson

Jana Funk
By Katherine Funk

The Funk Family
By Community Foundation of the Ozarks President’s Fund

Ms. Judy Halli
By Annah Rogers

Grace & Galen Hasler
By Gary Funk

Sharon Huggins
By Ann Schulte

Julie Leeth
By Sally & Rob Baird

Don Ludens
By Mike Knutson

Mr. Phil Martin
By Steven Johnson

Karen McCabe-Juhnke
By Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

Nate McClennen
By Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

Hayley Richardson
By Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

Richard Schmit
By Steven Johnson

Amy Troy
By Savannah Franklund

Cyrus Weaver of Middleton High School
By John Minnich

David Williams
By Matthew Baumgartner


In Memory of...

Dr. Jim Beddow
By Josh Gibb, Steven Johnson, and Carol Silvey

Dr. Larry Chadwick
By Anonymous

Hal D. Funk
By Katherine Funk, Donald & Judith Fishburn, Gregory & Donna Lunnon, Kevin & Jan Mayes, and James & Barbara Voight

Jack Norem & Bill Rose
By Rick & Brenda Norem

Bob Plunkett
By Todd Kruse

Evelyn Ruckman
By Pat Funk

Rodney Rushing
By Renee and Phillip Carr

Betsy Webb, Former Bangor Superintendent
By Catharine Biddle

Milton Schroth
By Susan Schroth

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