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

Check out our 2021 Annual Report! 2021 Annual Report




Founded in 1992 by volunteers, the Dripping Springs Education Foundation raises private-sector funds to support academic goals and achievement at every school in our district. We do this largely through awarding teacher grants for classroom enrichment, teaching innovations, and continuing education.

The Foundation’s mission now includes establishing a reliable private-funding mechanism that will help our school district bridge the gap and maintain academic competitiveness – regardless of state funding levels. These measures will help cover expenses ordinarily paid for by state dollars. Our objective is to restore district funding levels in order to keep excellence and academic competitiveness in Dripping Springs schools.

We seek financial contributions from DSISD families, the community at large and corporate donors to fulfill this mission. As an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit, the Foundation provides accountability to its donors for the dollars raised.

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Questions? Contact info@dseducationfoundation.org

We are excited to announce the arrival of our new Executive Director, Audrey Pendergrass!

Originally from Lubbock, TX, and a graduate of Texas Tech University, Audrey made her way to the Austin area about 10 years ago where she has worked in the non-profit world ever since!

Most recently, she worked with Dell Children's Foundation and Seton Foundations. She has a knack for connecting people with their passions, and has already hit the ground running on our upcoming virtual Denim & Diamonds Gala - streaming live April 16th!
"I am so proud to be a part of the Dripping Springs Education Foundation and look forward to working hard for the students and teachers in our school district to ultimately impact our entire community." - Audrey
When she's not working, you can find her playing outside with her husband and two young kids, or exploring any restaurant or brewery with a playscape!