During the 1988-89 school year, at the request of the superintendent, a group of Marion Independent School District (MISD) supporters formed a Foundation with the goal of providing students with opportunities that were not typically funded by the school district.
In 1994 the Foundation’s board of trustees hired its first executive director to lead the charge in raising $300,000 to support technology enhancements at MISD. The endeavor was known as Project C.O.N.N.E.C.T. and it enabled the district to install a fiber optic network in all school buildings and enable classrooms to connect to the Iowa Communication Network. This campaign was extremely successful both in raising the necessary funds and in developing the awareness of the Foundation and its mission in the community and school district.
The Foundation has extended its fundraising efforts and project supports to include several endowed scholarships and enhancement funds. In 1999, the Marion Fund was established to provide an internal granting program for the District. Distributions are made annually to support expanded curriculum, technology, capital improvements and program development projects throughout the District.
Through developed, planned giving programs, community collaborations, business partnerships and continued fund appeals to alumni and community members, the Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association will continue its mission to provide broader educational service opportunities.