The Mount Vernon Public Schools Foundation was established in May of 2006 as a non-profit public charity to improve the quality of public education and provide a means for such improvement for the Mount Vernon Public School District. The foundation received its non-profit status with the State Washington and 501(c) 3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.

It was learned that a prior foundation called the Mount Vernon Schools Enrichment Foundation had been created through a donation from the Mount Vernon Noon Kiwanis Club, as a meaningful way to celebrate the 65th anniversary of their service organization in the mid 1990’s. A small amount of funds was invested with a local bank, which was transferred to the newly formed foundation in 2006.

What began as a concept quickly emerged into reality. A purpose and mission statement was developed along with articles of incorporation, by-laws, and investment and conflict of interest policies. The foundation is governed by a 15 member all volunteer Board of Directors. Board membership was drawn from the community-at-large. The Superintendent of Schools is an ex-officio member. The Foundation does not have a staff and is solely dependent on tax-deductible donations from the community and alumni.

Although still in the infancy stage of raising funds to provide needed support to the District, the foundation was able in 2008 & 2009 provide enrichment classroom grants and provided limited funding for the high school planetarium, Mount Vernon Band Booster Club campaign, Lincoln School auditorium curtain and the La Venture School reader board.

"The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other."
~H. G. Wells