Yourself in the big picture
So Many Ways to Help! in your estate planning allows you to postpone
your donation until such time that your estate is
Donations to the Ypsilanti Public Schools settled. For donors who contribute regularly to
Foundation come in all shapes and sizes! Here are the foundation, consider applying that donation
some of the ways you can lend a hand: to the premium on a life insurance policy naming
the foundation as the beneﬁciary. It is an excellent
n Support classroom work through
project grants way to plan for the establishment of an endowed
scholarship that will recognize your donation and
n Encourage and support students in their
provide funding for students in perpetuity.
quest for education after high school
Lastly, please do not undermine the value of
n Provide support to the YPSF for the work
donating your time and/or talent to the foundation.
it conducts daily on behalf of students
The foundation is always looking for volunteers to
serve on ad hoc committees, to assist with events, or
Creative Ways to Give to help with large mailings, database management
When upgrading your vehicle, please consider and other ofﬁce tasks. Friends and partners are
donating your used vehicle to Charity Motors, in always welcome to join in the daily activities in the
Detroit, rather than trading in your vehicle to the foundation ofﬁce.
dealership. This option will beneﬁt the foundation Please think about how you may help to
and will give you a wonderful tax deduction. Cars advance the Mission of the Ypsilanti Public Schools
are not the only items you can donate for cash. Foundation!
Family heirlooms including jewelry, silverware and
land can be donated to the foundation. Contact
YPSF and we’ll help you turn your treasures into a
tax deductible charity!
Bequests are gifts that provide posthumous
recognition of the donor through wills, trusts,
or life insurance. Remembering the foundation
Now help to
Home to over 21,700 residents, mentorship program; current YHS
The Ypsilanti Public Schools
Ypsilanti is a racial and cultural students are participating in the
Foundation holds fast to one
diverse community. The city Early College Alliance program
basic truth – that given the
is historically rich in homes at Eastern Michigan University;
opportunity, anything is possible.
dating back to the 1800s. These middle school students are
The Foundation has a vision, a
architectural wonders were built weekly visiting WCC through the
dream, that every student in the District
by prominent citizens of the era, “College is My Future” initiative
will achieve their goals through superior
including the Hutchinson mansion and YPS elementary and middle
academic opportunity, respect for self and
The graduates of today are the future,
(former S&H Green Stamp school students are exclusively
others, and an interconnected support
leading our communities and our country.
magnate), the Preston Tucker home and the Samuel Barnes participating in summer science and
system of family, friends, neighbors and
In memory of a parent, or child, or
home (Peninsular Paper). math academies through the U-M
simply making the commitment to invest
In 1849, the establishment of the Michigan State Normal College of Education. Professional
in the future of one student each year, the
School in Ypsilanti as the site for the new “teacher training” Learning Communities, to help
The Mission of the Ypsilanti Public legacy never ends.
school had a profound impact on the city. Bringing students teachers sharpen their techniques with the objective of improving
Schools Foundation is to advance the from around the state and around the county to Ypsilanti, student achievement, are solidly in place and a district-wide
promise of success for all students through the Michigan, the School – now Eastern Michigan University – writing initiative is garnering praise from teachers and parents.
generation and distribution of resources to be continues to serve as the nation’s largest producer of educators Bolstered advanced placement classes are installed at the high
used to enrich teaching, inspire learning, promote and boasts an enrollment of more than 22,900 students from school and a new Montessori program on the kindergarten level
excellence in education, and reward dedication to around the world. A vital partner to Ypsilanti Public Schools, has drawn considerable attention because of stellar student
these tenets through grants and scholarships. faculty from EMU provide opportunities for teacher education, achievement. A Michigan Blue Ribbon School, award winning
placement of expertly-trained student teachers, and programs staff, students and programs, coupled with a robust curriculum
for students in math, sciences, reading, history, academic service are just some of the amenities the district offers to students. This
To achieve our Mission,
learning, and citizenship. is a proven educational program to build on and philanthropic
the Foundation is committed to
Supported entirely through donations, the Foundation efforts can sculpt the district into a world class environment.
Four Objectives: provides classroom grants, postsecondary scholarships and Talented YHS graduates head off to college and then step
support of extracurricular academic programs to advance the into successful careers. This reality materializes because you
n The Recognition of students who
mission. There are many ways that individuals, businesses and have given the gift of a scholarship, removing personal and
work to their highest potential
foundations may become partners. Please, consider how ﬁnancial challenges that might otherwise hinder their academic
n The Recognition of faculty for you may join in the quest to advance the academic pursuits.
exemplary, innovative teaching success of all students who attend Ypsilanti Public
n The Engagement of Ypsilanti Public
Schools Administrators and Staff as
Enhancing a dynamic
So how does
partners in this Mission
n The Engagement of Community
Ypsilanti Public Schools has been educating students for over
Partners for help in achieving this For the student who sees barriers instead of opportunity, the
150 years and has evolved into an urban district that is gaining
Mission Scholarship Funds are “restricted,
promise of help and support, rewards for remarkable effort, and
recognition. Progressive partnerships with local universities have endowed” funds that may be used only
the belief demonstrated by the recognition of a scholarship can
resulted in students and staff from the University of Michigan, for the purpose identiﬁed by the donor,
make all the difference between success and failure.
During the auto industry’s boom years,
Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community and for which the principle remains
Ypsilanti was the base for Apex Motors
College actively participating in the education of YPS students. intact while using only the interest earned
and Preston Tucker’s “Torpedo.” Once
Look beyond the dollars to
Ypsilanti High School graduates are being admitted to the to annually award scholarships.
a thriving auto hub, Ypsilanti has been
what your scholarship gives
University of Michigan’s College of Engineering through a A donation of $2,000 restricts and
hard-hit by the recent downturn in the
to a young student: “names” the fund. Ongoing contributions
economy and has suffered from plant
from family, friends, and/or bequests will
closings, resulting in a loss of jobs that
grow the Fund to $10,000, at which time
has severely impacted local families. n A gift of hope – to believe in something he or she
it becomes endowed. Based on interest
Consequently, there has been a greater never thought possible
earnings, scholarship awards are made
than 3% drop in the population since
every year, while the principle fund
2000. Still, Ypsilanti remains a community n A gift of dreams – permission to take the top off
balance remains intact forever.
that takes pride in its history, looks toward and make the sky the limit!
Contributions to a 501c3 scholarship
a brighter future, and
fund are tax-deductible.
n A gift of pride – to be someone special who can
For more information regarding
make a difference in the world
establishing a “Named Scholarship
Fund,” please call the Foundation Ofﬁce
Now imagine providing these gifts to deserving young men
at: (734) 714-1080
and women for years to come, leaving behind your legacy for
the possibilities… the future.