Our mission is to

Catalyze big ideas & foster community engagement that will accelerate transformation of the Durham Public Schools to ensure success and equity for every student.

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We believe

All children can succeed at the highest levels.

Students’ and families’ voices matter and they know what they need from schools in order to thrive.

Professional educators deserve support.

Public schools can lead in dismantling systemic racism while being mindful to address current and historic systems of inequality.

Public schools are crucial to a vibrant Durham.

Impact is sustainable when we commit to continuously learn, collect evidence for what works and scale promising practices.

Our community possesses the ideas and power to create the transformational change we need.

Our Priorities

The Durham Public Schools Foundation serves DPS students, educators and families. We lift up their ideas, foster community engagement and champion public education to ensure success and equity for every student in Durham Public Schools.



Celebrate the great teaching and learning happening in our schools, build community investment in public education and motivate more families to choose DPS.


Develop and fund innovative ideas from Durham’s students, educators and school communities that bolster student success and support growth and retention of Durham’s teachers and principals.


Advance dialogue and creative solutions across DPS to promote a culture that values new ideas, fosters a love of learning and puts equity at the center of decisions.


Our Theory of Change

DPSF pursues our mission through a theory of change grounded in listening to the people we serve - the students, educators, families and school communities of Durham Public Schools.

Through the Foundation, the Durham community comes together to: