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Who are we?

The RNSF is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 2023 for the purpose of funding projects and initiatives that enhance the educational, artistic and athletic experiences of Rye Neck students.  The RNSF accelerates excellence at our schools by creating a competitive and state-of-the-art educational experience for our children and educators.


Why was the RNSF founded?

The purpose of the RNSF is to provide financial support for innovative projects and programs beyond what is covered by the District’s annual operating budget.  While our teachers, administrators and Board of Education do a terrific job within the constraints of the budget, the RNSF seeks to provide further financial support outside of the district’s budget to improve the educational experiences of our students and fund cutting-edge curriculum and technology improvements. 


What do we do?

The RNSF’s volunteer Board of Directors work with teachers, administrators, and students to identify innovative ideas that will have the greatest impact on the most students. The RNSF board performs extensive due diligence on grant proposals and allocates available funds based on an established set of written grant criteria. Grants approved by the RNSF Board are then referred to the Board of Education for final approval. 


How does the RNSF interact with the school district?

The Superintendent and a designated member of the Board of Education are non-voting members of the RNSF Board of Directors.  The district assists the RNSF in evaluating proposed grants to ensure their educational value, relevance to the curriculum, and alignment with district goals.


What differentiates us?

The RNSF, PTSA and Booster Club are separate organizations with similar visions – to enrich the lives and experiences of Rye Neck students.  The RNSF complements the work done by the PTSA and Booster Club to improve our schools.  While the PTSA and Booster Club take active roles in the daily lives of students by supporting communication, educational assemblies and supplies, and athletic and community traditions, the RNSF differs from those organizations in that it has one purpose – to fund grant requests, primarily from teachers, coaches, staff and administrators, for curriculum enhancements, upgrades to equipment and facilities, and other experiential learning opportunities.


How are our schools and community impacted?

The RNSF positively impacts all Rye Neck schools by supporting academics, arts, athletics, student support services, and faculty.  By maintaining vital connections with alumni and the broader Rye Neck community, the RNSF provides a means for all constituents to join together to enhance the educational experiences of Rye Neck students.


How can I support the RNSF?

The RNSF welcomes financial donations of any size from families, faculty, alumni and community members, as well as donations from other sources, including corporate donations, charitable gifts and employer matching.  Donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law. These contributions are then used annually to fund grants that provide new equipment, programs, curricular innovations, teacher training and tools that make Rye Neck an even stronger academic institution.


What percentage of donations are distributed to the schools? 

The RNSF is a not-for-profit organization consisting of an all-volunteer Board of Directors with no staff or office space.  Our expenses are mainly event and operations-driven and all net proceeds are donated to the schools through the grant process.


Do other public schools have foundations? 

Many other communities throughout Westchester County have foundations to support their schools, including Rye, Mamaroneck, Harrison, Port Chester, Chappaqua, Bronxville, Byram Hills, Scarsdale, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, and Edgemont, among others.



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