Through our Fund-A-Need program, your gifts make incredible opportunities for students by funding field trips outside the classroom, by providing technology to teach students with creative approaches and meeting classroom needs in many other ways. Anyone can make a difference today.


How It Works

The Fund-A-Need program is a unique way to connect our generous community with the teachers and students in need. Teachers submit proposals for the needs in their classrooms that tax dollars can’t cover—these needs can range from new textbooks to a field trip to the Henry Doorley Zoo to musical instruments. We post the needs on our website and Facebook page so donors like you can give to the areas of greatest need in our district.

Fund-A-Need receives and reviews proposals from Lincoln Public Schools teachers who want their students to have an experience for which the school does not offer funding.


Now’s your chance! You can directly impact students by meeting their classroom needs.

Click here to review Fund-A-Need proposal options:    SEARCH PROPOSALS


Have a classroom need? Fill out a one-page online form describing your need and the cost to make it happen. (Include 7.25% sales tax if you or the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools will make the purchase.)

Questions? Shoot an email to Gary Reber at the Foundation for LPS.

Use these examples to help you write your proposal. Also see TOOLKIT for other information.     SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

Have a successful Fund-a-Need? Click here:      REQUEST FUND-a-NEED FUNDS

Safety Tees

Saratoga Elementary School

Our fifth grade team has worked all year to raise funds to take students on a memorable end-of-the-year field trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo. We have finally been given enough donations and raised enough from other fundraisers to be able to go. We would really love to be able to purchase T-shirts for our team to be able to wear on our trip. The shirts would allow students to move around the zoo with their groups in safety. Students will be able to be easily seen.

  • Chelsy Neuhalfen

    Chelsy Neuhalfen

    Fifth grade teacher

We have raised $50.00 of our goal.


Celebrate Diversity

North Star High School

We would like to recognize the diversity of our students and help all students feel connected with their school community.

In an effort to do so, we would like to put on a cultural fair for students and staff to learn about the various cultures and languages represented at our school. One item we would like to offer students is a shirt that represents everyone in our school. T-shirts like this can be expensive, and so many of our students are unable to purchase them. We would like to be able to subsidize the cost of the shirts as well as pay for supplies that students will need to put on the cultural fair -- such as trifold boards, art supplies, printing services, etc.

  • Becky Ives

    Becky Ives

    ELL teacher

We have raised $20.00 of our goal.


reMarkable Tablet

Southwest High School

ReMarkable is an electronic tablet that provides paper-reading, writing and sketching on a digital screen that "feels" like paper. If awarded the grant, I am planning to use this tablet as a pilot project for our department, evaluating its usefulness for a possible future purchase by a whole department.

The tablet allows annotating directly on the display on PDF documents, electronic textbooks and e-books that can be transferred (also synced) wirelessly between the device and any computer. Other devices, such as iPad and Samsung Notebooks, let you write on the screen too, but based on our experience (we experimented with different devices in our department), it is always problematic to write on a tablet's screens made from glass.

ReMarkable tablet claims to have a new technology where the screen is soft is feels like paper when you write on it. They call it "canvas display that gives you a true paper feel." The thickness of the lines is controlled by the pressure of the digital pen applied by a user. The specially designed pen is a part of the package.

One of the most useful features of the tablet for me as a teacher is the ability to write on the tablet's display and project the notes on a big screen. The notes can be posted daily, making them available to all the students including to those who was gone on that day.

  • Eugene Kirianov

    Eugene Kirianov

    Science teacher

We have raised $0.00 of our goal.


Science Quiz Bowl

Schoo Middle School

Your gift will allow Schoo to purchase a two-team buzzer system, similar to what is used at the Nebraska State Quiz Bowl Competition. Our students will practice with this buzzer system. Our team practices once a week during the fall and winter. We have had a science quiz bowl team at Schoo for six years, and at this time our school does not have one of these systems to use during practice. During competitions, students answer questions using a quiz bowl buzzer system. Having a buzzer system will allow our students to gain confidence in answering questions quickly, and will give them the chance to properly practice competing against each other and other LPS schools.

Last year, our science quiz bowl team participated at the state level in the Nebraska Science Bowl, and did well. Our returning members are excited for what this next school year could bring, and our graduating members are planning on joining the quiz bowls teams at their respective high schools. Over the course of the year, our students have gained confidence in understanding complex science topics, and have determined topics of science that interest them. Thank you for your support!

See what else happens in Ms. Wehner's science class.

  • Jessica Wehner

    Jessica Wehner

    Science Teacher

We have raised $0.00 of our goal.