Dripping Springs Education Foundation 101

Did you know that the Dripping Springs Education Foundation provides funding to all Dripping Springs Campuses and is the ONLY organization allowed to fundraise for additional salaries not provided by the state?

When you make a donation to DSEF your dollars stay here in our schools, and do not get deferred elsewhere. Your 100% tax deductible donation benefits the following programs that are both life-changing and life-saving for the students at Dripping Springs:

Mental Health Services Initiative  — The MHSI provides salaries for 3 Licensed Mental Health Professionals working across all DSISD campuses and providing social emotional learning skills, counseling, and interventions for our students. 

Innovative Teaching Grants  —  Our incredibly talented educators are encouraged to apply for grant funding from the Foundation to make their teaching dreams come to life! 

Student Leadership Grants  —  All of our students are also encouraged to think creatively and apply for  funding to solve a problem or create a new opportunity at their schools.

DSEF’s vision is simple and compelling: TO ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE MORE STUDENTS WITH BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. After examining the landscape of our community and the needs of the students and teachers, the Board of Directors committed to a bold, new vision for the future that will deepen DSEF’s reach and ability to fund the financial needs of DSISD while supporting more students and teachers than ever before. This new vision includes funding much needed mental health and student wellness positions and offering new channels for investing in our students through DSEF. DSEF will fundraise at new levels, engage more DSISD families, and involve community investors like never before.

DSEF’s first step in making its vision a reality is a three-year commitment to provide critical staffing needs in DSISD including:

  • A full-time mental health professional to the staff at Dripping Springs High School
  • A half-time counselor at each elementary school in addition to the one full-time counselor

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Dripping Springs Education Foundation PROGRAMS

Innovative Teacher Grants

The DSEF exists to provide every teacher the opportunity to Reach Higher and Inspire others to do the same. One way we encourage this is through Innovative Teaching Grants.  Rolling application dates to apply! 


Student Leadership Grants

DSEF has a long tradition of recognizing leadership among our students.  The Student Leadership Grants are designed to foster the development of students’ leadership skills through their efforts to serve their school, our community, or others in the world around us.  Students, together with their faculty sponsors, apply for the grants.

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The DSISD Grant helps fund programs that prepare our children for the demands of a modern world, such as the District’s 21st Century Learning Initiatives.

Each year your Education Foundation donates funds to support Innovative Teaching Grants,  Student Leadership Grants, and an additional grant directly to the district.  It is the generosity of our many donors and volunteers that has made this entirely possible.


The Nick LeFevre Community Youth Fund

This fund provides support for DSISD students whose financial circumstances present a significant challenge, or barrier, to that student’s participation in a school-sanctioned activity or event.

Any eligible student in good standing in the DSISD may apply to the fund for financial support.


We’re still here, alongside the Dripping Springs community, looking for opportunities to provide support to educators and students during this time. Please continue to lift up our administators, teachers, special services, bus drivers, custodians, food services employees, community services, and more as they are tasked with providing a personal and exceptional education for every student in DSISD. We are thinking of all you, too - our Tiger family - as you work to protect yourself, family, business, and community. Please know that we’ll continue to be ALL IN  to support DSISD.

Do you want to be a mental health hero?

Join the Dripping Springs Education Foundation in supporting the mental health needs of students across DSISD by making a donation today! DONATE HERE

THANK You to our Wonderful Sponsors!