About the Lake Washington Schools Foundation

The LWSF gathers and deploys community resources to enhance academic access and to nurture all students’ emotional well-being.

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation launched in 2005 after a dedicated group of community members joined together, committed to working with Redmond, Kirkland, and Sammamish parents, businesses, and community leaders in support of our future–the students in the Lake Washington School District. The State funds basic education, but our District sets a higher bar for its students and the Foundation supports those higher standards.

Since 2010, the Foundation has raised over $4.0 million funding district-wide programs that prepare each of our district’s students for school and for life. These programs include: Balance in Mind, a program that supports the emotional well-being of students; Find Your Fit, a college-prep program for students and their families; Kids Coming Together, a program that helps students grades 3-8 form lasting connections with peers through social and community service events; LINKS, a mentoring program that matches a caring adult with students who could benefit from additional attention; and Pantry Packs, a program that provides weekend meals for students experiencing food insecurity.

These would not exist without the generosity and support of our community.

Why do we need a schools foundation?

Research shows that support from a schools foundation raises test scores and increases individual student potential and performance. Schools foundations provide the enrichment opportunities that local levies cannot fund.

A child’s future starts today!

Parents, students and the surrounding community are essential partners in building a strong foundation for our students and setting the stage for their future success and well-being. To learn more about the programs funded by our supportive community, please visit our programs page.


Each student in the Lake Washington School District will receive an education that ensures future success. In doing so, we sustain economic vitality and enrich our community’s quality of life.

LWSF FY 2019-2020 Form 990
LWSF FY 2018-2019 Form 990
LWSF FY 2017-2018 Form 990
LWSF FY 2016-2017 Form 990
LWSF FY 2015-2016 Form 990
LWSF FY 2014-2015 Form 990
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