QPS Foundation Launches 2021 Dream Big Annual Campaign


The Quincy Public Schools Foundation kicked off their annual fundraising campaign at Quincy Senior High on September 30. The Dream Big Annual Campaign will run through mid-January.

This year’s campaign will continue with the traditional slogan of “Dream Big” to encourage faculty and staff to utilize their imaginations when it comes to potential areas for improvement and enhancement of learning in the District, and for students, their potential beyond graduation.

The QPS Foundation’s Board of Trustees President, Lindsay Ertel, announced this year’s goal of raising $200,000. Various fundraisers will be held, including a virtual “Night to Dream Big” auction. Additionally, a Dream Big Award honoree will be selected by the staff of the Quincy Public Schools through a nomination and voting process. This is the first time the award has been selected this way.

Executive Director, Kent Embree, stated, “Our board feels that we need to recognize our district’s heroes of this pandemic, who happen to be the educators of our public school system. In honor of all of them, we will let the staff choose a worthy recipient from among the ranks.”

Over the last fiscal year, over $500,000 was needed from the Foundation to meet teacher and district requests for technology, curriculum, training and other program needs. Sources for funding included previous Dream Big campaigns, endowment dividends, grants and other gifts.


Gifts to the Dream Big Campaign should be made to QPS Foundation through the foundation office at Quincy Senior High School, postal mail or the foundation’s web site, www.qpsfoundation.org. Mobile device users may easily donate electronically by texting “QPSF” to number 44-321. Those interested in endowment giving may contact the foundation office at 217-228-7112 to request more information.