Leaf 742


History of LEAF

The District 742 Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF) was established in 1993 as a private, non-profit organization.  LEAF is dedicated to providing supplemental funding assistance for extracurricular activities in District 742 schools and helping to ensure a balanced, comprehensive educational experience for all students. In 2009, LEAF expanded its mission to include all academic programming, becoming a “full-service” Education Foundation.  LEAF provides financial assistance to District 742 educational programming through its Endowment Fund, ticket surcharge returns, ticket sales program at both Tech and Apollo High Schools and various other sources.

Annotated History


Thirteenth Night of the Stars at the Paramount Theatre nets $11,386 for student activities


Twelfth Night of the Stars features three performances and nets $11,435 for student activities
Third annual Learning Renaissance nets $19,930 in Fund-A-Need direct support of academic programs and $16,068 for the Acadmeic Endowment Fund
Total Endowed Funds on 12/31/13 – Activities Fund $720,984 Academic Fund: $184,492


LEAF updates Strategic Plan with ClearPath consultants
Adopt a Classroom Program raises $15,000 and provides 60 classroom supply grants
Tech Football and Tech Athletics Legacy Funds reach the $25,000 level and begin providing annual returns to those programs
LEAF obtains two grants for the PAKRAT PRogram and prvides $51,914 in support of this unique P03 literacy and parent involvment program
Total LEAF grants during the f2013-13 school year = $115,307!
Total Endowed Funds on 12/31/12 = Activities Fund: $597,523 Academic Fund: $130,268


NOTS sets a new record returning $8,049 on ticket revenue to student activity programs
LEAF’s new Adopt-A-Classroom program raises $11,750 and funds 49 classrooms with $250 grants for supplies
October – the second Academic Fund event, A Learning Renaissance, raises more than $23,000 and nets $14,734 for the Academic Fund
LEAF yearly fundraising sets a new record: $157,070.86


NOTS Silent Auction moves to online only
March – The first LEAF academic grants are awarded – $12,500
October – the first Academic Fund event is held – Food For Thought


LEAF Mission expanded to include academic opportunities and Enrichment
LEAF now has two funds:
1. Academic Opportunities & Enrichment
2. Student Activities


15th Year Campaign. ($324,850 pledged by November 2008)
LEAF Endowment stands at $563,756 as of December 2008


LEAF Endowment stands at $450,000 as of February 2007
LEAF Web Page developed: www.leaf742.org


Year-long development of a strategic plan and vision statement with funding from the Initiative Foundation


LEAF Board Handbook developed to encourage Board professionalism


LEAF Hires Executive Director
First LEAF Appreciation & Awards Banquet to recognize specific contributors to the success of LEAF
Night of the Stars moves to Paramount Theatre to a “sold out” crowd!


LEAF hired a fundraising consultant and began organized fundraising activities


LEAF undertook a special fundraising project, netting $140,000, to assist in preserving Junior High School activities programming
LEAF Begins Night of the Stars (NOTS) fundraiser


Status as a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non profit organization was received from the IRS

LEAF began its twice yearly granting program utilizing 5% of its endowment fund for the support of extra curricular activities programming in the District’s K-12 schools


Articles of Incorporation as a non-profit organization were developed and filed with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office. Application was then made to the Internal Revenue Service for tax exempt status


The first LEAF Board of Directors was formed and began meeting regularly. The organization’s by-laws were developed and formally adopted


The Board of Education approved the formation of an activities foundation to be called the District 742 Local Education Activities Foundation (LEAF)
In June of 1993, the Board approved a transfer of $100,000 to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation to establish the LEAF Endowment Fund
The Board approved a ticket price increase of $1.00 on each adult admission and $.50 for each student admission at both Tech and Apollo High Schools with the subsequent annual revenue from this increase to be deposited in the LEAF Endowment fund


The Board of Education formed an ad hoc committee to research the possibility of forming a foundation for the purpose of providing support for extracurricular activities in District 742
A Student Activities Advisory Committee subsequently recommended to the Board that such a foundation be formed

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