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, Springfield, Missouri
  • Galesburg Community Foundation, Galesburg, 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, Jackson, 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 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
  • T.L.L. Temple Foundation, Lufkin, TX
  • 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 L. 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 La Prad, Macomb, Illinois
  • Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky
  • Nate & Rachel McClennen, Jackson, Wyoming
  • Derek & Sherry Nelson, Lake Mills, Wisconsin
  • Ohio Small Rural Collaborative, St. Paris
  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • Pennsylvania State University, Centre County, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • Tracy Family Foundation, Mount Sterling, Illinois
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • University of Maine, Orono, Maine
  • Your Cause, Plano, Texas

Additional Contributions:

  • Chuck Alex, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Deborah Anderson, Oakland, Nebraska
  • Jim and Janet Anderson Family Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • 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
  • Anna from Givebutter, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Cat Biddle, Orono, Maine
  • Rhonda and Mark Bishop, Pittsburg, Missouri
  • Terry & Jane Bork, Pasadena, California
  • Kristen Bovee
  • Renee and Phillip Carr, Fox, Arkansas
  • Rand and Molly Chappell, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Connie Ciesielski, North Aurora, Illinois
  • Liliana Coelho, Ithaca, New York
  • Dr. Jen Collins, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Leslie Cook, Jackson, Wyoming
  • Amanda Cowart, Lemon Zest Copywriting, Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin
  • Kristen Cuthrell, Greenville, North Carolina
  • Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Dave Dallas, Bend, Oregon
  • Aaron David, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Alisha David, Madison, Wisconsin
  • J. David, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Madeline Dayley, Seattle, Washington
  • Earling Insurance Financial Service, Iowa
  • Bill and Gina Eggert, Cambridge, Wisconsin
  • Jeremy Eltz, Carmel, Indiana
  • Dr. Andrea E. Evans, Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Donald and Judith Fishburn, Forsyth, Illinois
  • Jill Rose Franklund, Longmont, Colorado
  • Savannah Franklund, Monmouth, Illinois
  • Skye Franklund, Longmont, Colorado
  • Rodney Frederick, Zionsville, Indiana
  • Megan Funk & Jon Urban, 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
  • Winter and Marshall Kinne Family Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • Abbey Kirk and Ryan Jones, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 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
  • Brandon Lucius, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Gregory and Donna Lunnon, Oak Grove, Missouri
  • Kevin and Jan Mayes, Smithville, Missouri
  • Karen McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, Kansas
  • Austin McCabe Juhnke, Columbus, Ohio
  • Carol & Walter McClennen, Holliston, Massachusetts
  • Kim McCully-Mobley, Aurora, Missouri
  • 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
  • Hannah Mills, Wilmington, Delaware
  • John Minnich, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Gregory Montalvo, Macomb, Illinois
  • National Governors Association
  • Rick and Brenda Norem, Bowler, Wisconsin
  • Thomas and Kimberley Prater Family Fund, Springfield, Missouri
  • 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
  • Dr. Melissa Sadorf, Tucson, Arizona
  • Madeline Sall, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Kallie & Natan Sandell Lopez, Renton, Washington
  • Matthew Schofield, Nicholson, Pennsylvania
  • Karen Schreder, Chico, California
  • Ann Schulte, Chico, California
  • Jim Shurts, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Lacey Skorepa, Rock Island, Illinois
  • Howard Spiegel, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
  • Jamie Spielmann, Redding, California
  • Jay & Nicole Spoonhour, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nate & Janel Stucky, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Jacob Swartzentruber, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Sydney Tardrew, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Lindsay Taylor, New York, New York
  • 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 D. 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. James Beddow
By Dr. Steven L. Johnson, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

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

The Borderlands Rural Teacher Caucus
By Dr. Melissa Sadorf

Nathan Breitholtz
By Amanda Cowart

Mr. Caeser
By John & Karen McCabe-Junke

Melissa Carlson
By John & Karen McCabe-Junke

Whitney Clark
By Cat Biddle

Dr. Derham
By Troy Hippen

Kris DeWild & Mark Kohorst
By Maggie Langenfeld

Russell Dobson
By Gary Funk

Emily Driscoll
By Hailey Winkleman

Eastern Oregon University Rural Teacher Alumni
By Dave Dallas

Norma Eden
By Kim McCully-Mobley

Educators and Administrators of Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, CO
By Jill Rose Franklund

Blake Fisher
By Skye Franklund

Gary Funk
By Jim and Janet Anderson Family Fund, CFO President's Fund, Winter and Marshall Kinne Family Fund, Kelly and Louise Knauer Fund, Thomas and Kimberley Prater Family Fund, and Dr. Steven L. Johnson

Jana Funk
By Katherine Funk

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

PJ Gorneault
By Cat Biddle

Ms. Judy Halli
By Annah Rogers

Grace & Galen Hasler
By Gary Funk

Prof. John Hitchcock
By Aaron David

Elizabeth Holub
By Cat Biddle

Sharon Huggins
By Ann Schulte

Kara Janzen
By Karen McCabe-Juhnke

Marie Kinney McMorris
By Kim McCully-Mobley

Dianne Leavitt
By Cat Biddle

Julie Leeth
By Sally & Rob Baird

Don Ludens
By Mike Knutson

Mr. Phil Martin
By Dr. Steven L. Johnson

Karen McCabe-Juhnke
By Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

Nate McClennen
By Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

Carolyn McInteer
By Abbey Kirk

Faye McMorris Estes
By Kim McCully-Mobley

Mentor Teachers of the Wyoming Rural Teacher Corps
By Leslie Cook

Cristina Perez
By Cat Biddle

Hayley Richardson
By Taylor McCabe-Juhnke

Richard Schmit
By Dr. Steven L. Johnson

Mrs. Elizabeth (Hughes) Stimmel
By Dr. Jen Collins

Dr. Karen Tardrew
By Sydney Tardrew

Laura Thomas
By Cat Biddle

Amy Troy
By Savannah Franklund

Cyrus Weaver of Middleton High School
By John Minnich

David Williams
By Matthew Baumgartner

In Memory of...

Dr. James Beddow
By Josh Gibb, Dr. Steven L. 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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