Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools

What We Do

Our Mission: The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools works to help make sure every student, in every school, has the tools and resources to reach their highest potential. As the strategic fundraising partner for Fresno Unified, we gather with our schools and greater community to accelerate progress for our students through highlighting the great things going on in Fresno Unified and funding the highest impact investments.

The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building community and business partnerships and engaging philanthropic organizations to empower every child to achieve their full potential.

The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools was established in 2022 under the leadership of Superintendent Bob Nelson. Bob has an unmatched ability to “woo” and win funders and influence supporters to change and improve the culture of the district.

Wendy McCulley, Chief of the Office of Engagement and External Partnerships, has a strong business background, something often missing in public education, with a focused entrepreneurial growth mindset and new energy. Wendy’s ability to connect our community partners whose work aligns with student growth to become involved in more engagement opportunities is proven as evidenced through her work in the Department of African American Academic Acceleration.

The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools as a new entity will be focused on developing diverse opportunities for philanthropic, community and business partnerships that support student and teacher opportunities for innovative projects.


The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools partners with philanthropic, community and business partners, and school sites in support of high impact investments.


The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools is governed by a board of directors that partners with the superintendent and his team to monitor how the district is using its investments to ensure transparency and accountability.

Strategic Alignment

The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools’ investments will support district initiatives that are aligned with the Vision, Mission, Values and Goals of the district and that are aligned with our partners goals and priorities.


The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools will be transparent and accountable in the distribution of resources in a targeted, equitable and strategic manner to ensure the success of student outcomes throughout the district school sites.

An Educated Child is the heart of Fresno!

Our Vision: The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools supports Fresno Unified School District’s vision – Where students, families, and staff are valued and empowered to achieve their greatest potential. As the district moves forward in implementing its vision, mission, values, and goals with a strategic eye towards Achieving Our Greatest Potential!, the Foundation will strategically support high impact initiatives that will provide measurable results for student achievement.

Make Your Impact Count