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Welcome to The NSSEO Foundation, Inc.,
a 501 (c)(3) Organization

The Foundation was established in December of 1991 and recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1993.  The organization’s purpose is to secure and channel resources to support and promote the educational programs and services for students served by the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO). The Foundation’s board of directors engages in fundraising activities throughout the year. These activities include sponsored events and sales, grant writing and solicitation of corporate and private financial support.

The NSSEO  Foundation is actively seeking applications for positions on their Board of Directors. For more information, please email us at NSSEOFoundation@nsseo.org .

Foundation Board of Director Application

NSSEO Foundation ByLaws

Board of Directors

Sandy Neumann | President
Cindy Marcinkowski | Vice President
Kevin Kelly | Treasurer
John Kurth | Secretary
Mark Hamlen | Director
Craig Nicholas | Director
Jim Platt | Director
Linda Sohn | Director
Beth Anne Ausnehmer| Director
Jill Wood | Director

The NSSEO Foundation, Inc. provides financial support for the NSSEO programs and services that are not funded through the regular budget process. The Foundation has targeted development of after school programs and activities, activities that are an extension of the classroom curriculum, transition activities with a focus on community partnerships, and the NSSEO Parent Education Resource Center (PERC).

The NSSEO Foundation has an ongoing financial commitment to PERC. The PERC building, programming and parent supports are a significant focus of our fundraising efforts.

Additional fundraising is currently focused on purchase of a wheelchair accessible van, sensory room upgrades for our schools, construction of a greenhouse and our Mini-Grant program for staff initiated projects.


Each year the NSSEO Foundation funds projects proposed by staff members. Projects include sending our Deaf Academic Bowl team from Hersey High School to the regional and national competitions, literacy nights for families at Timber Ridge, overnight experiences for students at Miner, regular after school social activities for students with vision challenges, parent education nights for families of students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices at Kirk or Miner School and many more.

NSSEO staff are invited to apply for NSSEO Foundation, Inc. Mini-Grants at the beginning of each school year. Grants are open to certified and licensed staff, or professional teams including paraprofessionals. Priority will be given to projects that reflect research based strategies and techniques. Mini-grants are awarded up to $2,500 for projects that enhance the normal program budget supports, and may not supplant existing budgetary items. Services must be provided to special education students served by Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization. The NSSEO Foundation, Inc. is always willing to consider larger grants on an individual basis throughout the year when proposed by program administration

Mini Grant Application and Information 

Mini Grant Expenditure Spreadsheet 



The NSSEO Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

Donations and memorial gifts are tax deductible.

Donations can be made by check to:

The NSSEO Foundation, Inc.
799 W Kensington Road, Mt Prospect, IL 60056

If you prefer to donate online, please visit the NSSEO Webstore or click the Paypal button below.

Corporate matching gifts are gratefully accepted and thank you letters are sent to both individual donors and companies.

Memorial and Honor Giving

A donation to the NSSEO Foundation, Inc. is a thoughtful way to honor someone’s life. Your gift will help the Foundation secure resources to support the educational programs and services for the students served by Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization.  So the family can be made aware that a donation has been received to commemorate their loved one, please fill out the Memorial and Honor Giving form, after making your donation through the Paypal link provided below.

Memorial and Honor Giving Form




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The NSSEO Foundation, Inc. actively seeks grant funding opportunities. Organizations interested in supporting the activities of the Foundation are encouraged to contact us!

For more information email: nsseofoundation@nsseo.org or contact Marcia at 847-463-8100.