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Dave Crum

Executive Director, GFPSF

Phone: (406) 268-7340

Lyndsay Lettre

Administrative Assistant, GFPSF

Phone: (406) 268-7401



P.O. Box 2429- 59403

1100 4th Street South

Great Falls, MT 59405


Linda Caricaburu, Chair
Business Owner
Andrew Davidson, Vice-Chair
D.A. Davidson 
Jerry Lehman, Treasurer
  JCCS Accounting
Gerry Jennings, Secretary
Brian Loucks, Immediate Past President
Loucks & Glassley, LLC

Board Members

Darcie Aakre

GFH English Teacher

Drew Blewett


Karen Brandvold

D.A. Davidson 

Tim Culliton

Pacific Steel & Recycling

Jon Davis

CMR Science Teacher

Al Getten

Retired Teacher

Jeff Gray

GFPS Trustee

Kyle Herda

First Interstate Bank

Bill Johnstone

D.A. Davidson

Anne Martinez


Fran Masters

2nd Grade Teacher, Sunnyside Elementary

Jon McCarty

Scott, Tokerud and McCarty, PC

Bethann McGregor


Laura Merchant

Benefis Health Systems

Stu Nicholson


Leslie Oakland

City Motor Company

Doug Sexe

RBC Capital Markets

Mick Taleff


Tammy Lacey

GFPS Superintendent 

Recent News & Activities

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Summer Food Truck

Access to adequate food is limited in the summer and there are no doubt more kids going hungry than during the school year.

Would you like to help feed hungry students in the summer? The GFPS Foundation is working with the GFPS Food Services department to raise money to purchase a food truck that would serve meals in the summer. If you would like to make a donation, please send checks to the address below with "Food Truck" written in the memo. Please share with your friends and family. Every little bit helps our community!

Great Falls Public Schools Foundation
Attn: Dave Crum
P.O. Box 2429
Great Falls, MT 59403

Read more about it here: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/…/summer-challen…/29190989/


2015 Rav4 Raffle!

City Motor Company has once again donated an SUV to the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation to be used for fundraising. Below is the information for the 2015 Raffle. Please let us know if you will be participating this year so we can keep you on the email list. Please share this with other groups that may be interested and have them contact us. Don’t forget: It is never too early to request dates for displays!

Great Falls Public Schools Foundation

Toyota Rav4 Raffle

Fundraising Opportunity


WHO:      Great Falls Public School District athletic programs, student organizations, music programs, PTAs, etc.

WHAT:     This year, City Motor Company is donating a 2015 Toyota Rav4 to the GFPS Foundation to help fundraising to enhance education. The Foundation will cover the costs of producing the tickets and marketing the Rav4Raffle. Tickets will be $10 with a 60/40 split. District programs and organizations will receive 60% of every ticket sold and the Foundation 40%. This is a WIN WIN for Great Falls education!!  Organizations receive $6 for every ticket they sell and the Foundation receives $4 which supports Discovery Grants, Excellence in Education, scholarships, etc.  


  • Tickets and Posters will be available on July 1st, 2015 
  •  Ticket sales will begin on July 4th, 2015
  •  Drawing will be held on October 30th, 2015 at half-time of the crosstown football game.



  •  Foundation will display the Rav4 at events or businesses to promote ticket sales.
  •  Foundation and Organizations can sell tickets through businesses (i.e. a business can choose to donate their 60% to a specific sport, program, etc.).


For additional information contact: Dave Crum, Executive Director


Discovery Grant Video

Thanks to Kelly Wiles and the GFH Video Production students, we can now show you what kind of projects our Discovery Grant money funds. 

Thank you to all the teachers and students that participated in this film. 


GFPS Foundation celebrates successful year

Amy Konen, student support specialist at Mountain View, one of two teachers selected for BNSF Teachers of the Year Award.Jan Mader, physics teacher at GFH, one of two teachers selected for BNSF Teachers of the Year Award.

The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation has had a very good year, and thus, teachers and students in the public schools have fared pretty well, too.

At its Excellence in Education banquet Wednesday night, the foundation and school officials celebrated more than $250,000 in classroom grants distributed in the last four years, more than $300,000 in scholarships awarded this year alone, honored two distinguished educators and celebrated a new gift of $250,000.

Amy Konen, student support specialist at Mountain View Elementary School, and Jan Mader, physics teacher at Great Falls High, were named educators of the year, and each received a $2,500 award to use for continuing education or classroom enhancements. They were selected among the 33 teachers recognized by distinguished high school seniors preparing to graduate.

Additionally, guest speaker Mike Jennings announced his gift of $250,000 to the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation.

Dave Crum, executive director, said he was stunned by Jennings generous offer to go above and beyond what he's already done and his goal of giving $1 million by 2020.

"To say it was generous is an understatement," Crum said.

Crum said Jennings' latest contribution will be split between scholarships and other program contributions.

In the 2014-2015 school year, the foundation distributed more than $55,000 in Discovery Grants to classroom teachers for projects such as purchasing reading challenge books at Roosevelt Elementary, iPod Touch mobile devices for middle school environmental science field investigations and a hydroponic growing system for science and culinary art students at Paris Gibson Education Center.


33 Great Falls Teachers Honored for Excellence in Education

Matt Jones, BNSF; Fran Masters, Distinguished Educator Sunnyside; Phyllis Jenkins, GFH Distinguished Scholar; Dave Crum, GFPS FoundationThe Great Falls Public Schools Foundation today announced the names of 33 teachers nominated by area students as Excellence in Education honorees.

From this year’s honorees, an independent panel of local business and education leaders will select two educators to receive the distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored this year by BNSF Railway.

Teacher of the Year winners will be announced in May.

Thanks to BNSF Railway, each Teacher of the Year will receive $2,500 to use toward continuing education or classroom supplies or equipment.

“BNSF Railway is extremely proud of all 33 of this year’s honorees, and we thank all the students who nominated them,” said Matt Jones, Regional Public Affairs Director for BNSF Railway.  “BNSF takes great pride in honoring the people who are committed to Montana’s students, and we look forward to seeing who the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation selects as Teachers of the Year.”

“The Great Falls Public Schools Foundation takes great pride in all educators, achievers and scholars in this community, and we are especially pleased to highlight those who excel in education,” said Dave Crum, Executive Director of the Great Falls Public Schools Association.


In the News

Check out our new In the News section where we will be posting stories from the media outlets about the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation and/or projects we have provided funds to.