IPEI is "Turning Twenty"

October 18, 2016


Twenty years ago a group of local citizens including business people, parents and
educators saw the need for more community connections and private relationships in support of the Ithaca City School District.

The Ithaca Public Education Initiative was incorporated as a not-for-profit with 501(c)(3) status in 1996 as a vehicle to facilitate access to our community’s resources that can help ensure the success of district students. IPEI volunteers, board members and staff continue to support teachers and community members seeking to enhance the education of every student.

This mission remains manifest in IPEI’s oldest program: Teacher Grants for individual teachers fund innovative educational projects that involve a community partner and that cannot be funded through tax dollars.

In addition, IPEI has sought to foster school and community connections by creating additional grant programs, collaborations, affiliates, and initiatives.

As IPEI turns 20, there is much to be proud of, and even more to look forward to as we continue to expand and improve our support for innovation and creativity. Our third decade will engage a new generation of local volunteers and community partners to continue the mission by increasing opportunities throughout the ICSD.

Jennifer Engel was a member of the task force that became the first IPEI board, and she continues as an active volunteer and supporter. Reflecting on IPEI’s evolution and its potential, she expressed, “The possibilities are endless! As IPEI turns 20, we can think about ‘what’s next?’ and how to continue our role making sure that education in Ithaca is the very best it can be.”

Turning Twenty in 2016: Between 1996 and 2016, IPEI made 1,700 grants and awards totaling approximately $1.6 million, due to the community’s generous support!

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