To support, enrich, and enhance the Lake Forest High School experience for all students, faculty, and staff by investing in educational excellence.
Investing in Educational Excellence
We have built a partnership with LFHS teachers, students and administrators to assist in creating a top-notch learning environment for all. Limited only by their imagination, teachers and students apply for grants that help provide unparalleled learning experiences. The Foundation carefully vets these requests to insure that we are making strategic investments in educational excellence.
Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded more than 290 grants totaling over $2.2 million. Grants like the Business Incubator, Makerspace, 21stCentury Learning Labs, Sound Studio, and World Language Lab have helped to transform classrooms into learning spaces that mirror professional environments providing students with opportunities to gain real world experience across the curriculum. In 2019 alone, 13 new grants across 9 curricular areas were funded at over $147K. These include additional redesigned science labs, virtual reality headsets, an audio-visual update for the Raymond Moore Auditorium, a website conversion for The Forest Scout, the final 20% of funding needed for the new Fazioli Concert Grand Piano and much more!
Providing collaborative learning spaces, cutting-edge technology and world-class materials across the curriculum.
Donors & Sponsors
The positive and lasting impact the Foundation has at LFHS is only possible due to the generosity of our community. Every donation is valued and vital. Each year the Foundation partners with local businesses in a variety of ways to raise additional funds for grants. Event sponsorships and in-kind donations are critical to our success. Over the past decade, the spring luncheon has been our cornerstone fundraising event. In recent years, Foundation Month has provided an additional source of funding. We rely on these annual contributions from families and businesses in our community to achieve our mission. Visit our Donors & Sponsors page to learn more.
2020-21 Board of Trustees
Chair – Suzanne Sands
Secretary – Eileen Peters
Treasurer – Sandi Rupprecht
Nominating Vice Chair - Laura Gordon
*Executive Board includes all Vice Chairs.
Vice Chair – Dez Witte*
Coordinators – Jodi Cofer, Nicole Korczak, Kim Moore
Mailing Coordinator – Deb Bradley
Vice Chair – Christiana Walsh*
Liaisons – Betsy Mackey, Jill Mickey, Lauren Mordini, Laura Werner
Financial Coordinator – Kristin O’Neil
Faculty Liaison – Ashleigh Malec
Vice Chair – Maureen Fitzgerald*
Event Co-Chair – Mary Kay Hanlon
Event Co-Chair - Natalie Moore
Vice Chair – Peter Clemens*
Business Incubator Co-Chair – Stuart Scholly
Pitch Coordinator -
Vice Chair – Liz Olsen*
PR/Writer – Betsy Mackey
Graphic Design – Lisa Porter
Social Media – Marty Vander Velde
Webmaster – Beth Laufenberg
Spotlight on Grants – Megan Michael
Photographer – Judi Olenick
Asst. Treasurer – Wendy Darling
Database Management – Rich Chun
APT Liaison - Beth Laufenberg
Boosters Liaison – Sandi Rupprecht
Past Chair – Jeff Folker
Faculty Liaison – Ashleigh Malec
Board of Education Liaison – Jenny Zinser
Superintendent – Michael Simeck
LFHS Principal – Dr. Challa Holland