QPS Foundation 2019 Dream Big Annual Campaign Launches


Help us reach our goal of $200,000 and support these areas in the Quincy Public Schools!

Curriculum • Technology • Fine Arts • Athletics • Endowment

Dale Stevenson believes Quincy Public Schools is blessed to have a “dream team” of dedicated teachers, outstanding administrators and a dynamic School Board.

Now the Quincy community can “get in the game” by supporting the QPS Foundation’s Dream Big Annual Campaign.

“As a community, we can do our part and help the public schools with all the resources they need that are not already funded,” said Stevenson, who with her husband John serves as 2019 campaign chair.

The foundation kicked off the second annual effort Monday night with a goal of raising $200,000 by Jan. 15.

“We want to continue to communicate the paradigm for public education is changing and that we really can only fully support public education with private donations and gifts,” QPS Foundation Executive Director Kent Embree said. “This annual campaign is our chance to build that funding and those resources for what we are trying to meet as far as needs in the district throughout the next year.”

Unrestricted gifts to the campaign allow the foundation to provide larger grants supporting five “pillars” of curriculum, technology, athletics, fine arts and endowment.


Last year’s effort raised $212,750, exceeding its $150,000 goal “It was a great way to help spread the word about what the foundation is doing and all the gaps they’re filling in education funding,” Stevenson said.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize how important the QPS Foundation is to our team members and our students,” School Board President Sayeed Ali said. “We want all of our stakeholders to know exactly what we’re doing and have confidence in our ability to create success for our students. I think we’re at that point, but I don’t think we get there without the foundation and the support from all of its members and volunteers, all of you.”

Stevenson credited efforts by last year’s campaign chairs, Reaugh and Ned Broemmel, and the foresight of the foundation’s board to think ahead about resources classrooms, teachers and schools would need for today, tomorrow and years to come.

“It makes it that much easier to continue to move forward,” Stevenson said.

Over the past year, the foundation provided over $370,000 to the school district, funded through endowment dividends, grants, major gifts, estate gifts and fundraising events such as the annual “A Night to Dream Big” gala dinner and the “Dream Big in Color” fun run.

The QPS Foundation also encourages donations for endowed funds it maintains called Circles of Investment, which have specific designations across the district.

“If someone has a specific gift or designation they’re trying to support, a Circle of Investment is another good option,” Embree said. “We will count those donations toward the campaign as well.”

Gifts to the Dream Big Annual Campaign may be made through the QPS Foundation office at Quincy High School, through the mail or through the foundation’s website, qpsfoundation.org.

Stevenson said she’s optimistic the campaign will reach its goal.

“It’s an exciting time for our public schools with the new school buildings, the great staff we have in place with the superintendent, administrators and teachers, but we don’t want to forget with all the excitement, there is still some work to be done,” she said.

Embree said technology remains a key need in the district.

“Even though we’ve had some really good things happen with private donations for projects like the Flinn Stadium expansion, there are still many needs in the junior high for technology upgrades,” Embree said. “We don’t really see the demand declining in the technology area as we find better and better ways to deliver curriculum.”

Late businessman to be honored at annual gala dinner Nov. 1

The Quincy Public Schools Foundation will recognize a late Quincy businessman and civic leader for his support of the public schools.

The late Harold “Knap” Knapheide, president of Knapheide Manufacturing Co., will be honored with the Dream Big Award at the foundation’s “A Night to Dream Big” gala dinner Nov. 1.

The annual award was created to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to QPS throughout their careers or personal lives. Previous winners were Kathi Dooley, Dick Thompson, George C. Meyer, Maureen C. Crickard and the Moore family.

“He has done so much for the district and been such a humble supporter of the district,” QPS Foundation Executive Director Kent Embree said. “We are just really honored to be able to recognize him in this respect with our highest award.”

The Dream Big Award winner was announced during Monday night’s kickoff for the foundation’s 2019 Dream Big Annual Campaign which hopes to raise $200,000 by Jan. 15 to support curriculum, technology, athletics, fine arts and endowment for QPS.

Dale Stevenson, who chairs the annual campaign with her husband John, welcomed the chance to honor Knapheide for the “incredible support” he provided to the schools and the community.

“We can’t think of anyone better to honor in that way,” she said. “We’re very pleased Knap’s family has agreed to let us do that this year, to celebrate him and honor him in this way.”


By  Herald-Whig