Our 33,000+
Durham Public Schools
students are our future.


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The DPS Foundation is a community-led effort to accelerate the transformation of Durham Public Schools for success and equity for every student.

The DPS Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that builds community support and investment in our public schools.

We do more than provide funds - we’re innovators, working with partners across our community to develop, pilot and scale strategies that will accelerate the transformation of public education.

Our approach.

our big goals

Investing our dps students & educators

In 2019 the Hillside High School Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) received one of the first DPSF grants to honor Hillside Alumna Pauli Murray with a mural in the school. Hear the story about how they developed this idea and used DPSF grant funds to make a lasting impact for their school community. Learn about our other grant-funded projects.



A community call to action.

Durham is in the middle of a renaissance. But our public schools are not yet.

Durham’s success is linked to the success of Durham Public Schools. In fall 2018, a group of civic and business leaders and DPS educators, parents and alums came together to launch the Durham Public Schools Foundation out of a deeply held shared belief that…

When our whole community brings its talents and resources behind the 33,000+ students in our public schools, Durham will have innovative and equitable public schools where every student can flourish.

We have the economic power and political will to transform public education in Durham now. The Durham Public Schools Foundation brings a community-led effort to harness those resources and align them behind strategic investments that respond to the needs and opportunities identified by our students, educators, parents and community members.

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The best thing you can do for Durham
is support Durham Public Schools.
Send your kids to Durham Public Schools.
Our children need to go to school together.
— Steve Schewel / Durham Mayor

Learn about the Better Together initiative for Durham parents to talk with Mayor Schewel and other local elected leaders about their options in DPS.

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