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As a creative and pioneering public education foundation, the Washoe K-12 Education Foundation will be one of the premier private funding organizations in the nation by successfully raising the resources necessary to ensure all Washoe County School District students graduate college and/or are highly-skilled and career ready.


To raise and leverage private and public resources to directly support essential Washoe County School District initiatives, which otherwise would not be fully realized. All Washoe K-12 Education Foundation-supported programs will contribute and be evaluated in relation to goals set forth in the self-imposed WCSD strategic plan, Envision 2020- Investing in Our Future.

Commitment to Donors

As a private foundation established in 2011, WEF commits to supporting programs and projects, which are priorities of the Washoe County School District Superintendent, while protecting the integrity of our generous donors. In addition to deliberate, careful project review of each grant opportunity, the WEF Board of Directors will provide transparency, frequent follow up and accountability to donors. To ensure that all grant funds go directly to benefit our children and their families, WEF operating costs have been funded by our Board of Directors and donations from Microsoft Licensing.

In its first three years, WEF has raised close to $4 million to support and fund: Parent University, High School Signature Academies, Acceleration Zone Schools, STEM Teacher Training, Teacher Effectiveness Surveys, Advanced Placement Fees, Career and College Ready Materials and school uniforms for low-income students.

Board of Directors

Michonne Ascuaga – Business Executive Chairman
Jim Pfrommer – Pfrommer & McCune, Ltd. – Vice Chairman/Treasurer
Fred Altmann – Better Green Building Company
Rob Cashell  – Cashell Enterprises
Mike Kazmierski – Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada
Nicole Lamboley – Renown Health
Stacie Mathewson – Stacie Mathewson Foundation and Doors to Recovery
Sandy Rogers – Community Volunteer
Jafeth Sanchez – University of Nevada, Reno
Caryn Swobe – Executive Director

501C3, IRS Identification Number 45-2488886

Honorary Board

Diane Barone – University of Nevada, Reno
Perry Di Loreto – Di Loreto Homes
Bernice Martin-Mathews – Small Business Owner
Konner Robison – Founder, Scholastic Gateway Fund

Caryn Swobe
645 Sierra Rose Dr., Suite 101
Reno, NV 89511

A creative and pioneering public education foundation.