Starting an Education Foundation

Congratulations on the decision to start a public education foundation!

This is an important step and required dedication to get through the initial groundwork - but the dividends are well worth it. And, there are a lot of resources to make it easier. More than 80 public education foundations have been formed around Indiana alone and are more than willing to share materials, advice and information as you see below.

As the association for public education foundations, INAPEF has a lot to offer new and seasoned foundations. Don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance at

Education Foundation Standards

Standards List/Assessment Tool

Overview of the Process

The Steps to Start an Education Foundation

Legal Structure

IRS website for charitable organizations

Application for Federal Tax Identification Number (SS-4)

501(c)3 IRS Application (tax exempt application; long form)

   Example: Springs Valley Education Foundation

501(c)3 IRS Application (tax exempt application; EZ-form)

   Example: Highland Education Foundation

Bylaws Examples:


   Springs Valley

   Vigo County

   The Advancement Center of Washington Township Schools

Articles of Incorporation

   Indiana Guidelines



Sample Mission Statements

Take a look at mission statements of other INAPEF members

Your Board of Directors

Recruiting Board Members

Board Roles & Responsibilities

Nomination Matrix Samples



Nomination Form

   Advancement Center for Washington Township Schools


Meeting Minutes - Tips & Sample Formats