West Sylvan Foundation

Our Mission:

Support Public Middle School Education.

We are a parent-driven non-profit aimed at ensuring every student at West Sylvan Middle School in Portland, Oregon, receives a well-rounded educational experience with the resources they need to make the most of their 6th, 7th & 8th grade years - despite budget shortfalls. Your donation directly helps reduce class size and provide for a wider range of electives and educational opportunities.



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NOW Accepting Donated Goods & Services for DONATE-A-Thon!

We need parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors and local businesses to make tax deductible donations of goods, services, tickets, restaurant events, vacation rentals and more for our 2019 DONATE-A-THON — we can’t do it without these critical prizes.

We need:

  • Vacation Rentals

  • Game & Concert Tickets

  • Employee Store Passes

  • Gift Cards

  • Restaurant experiences

  • professional services

Make A Purchase Through One of Our Partners

Parents & Grandparents Can Support Our Students Every Day

1) (NEW!) Shop through West Sylvan’s BoonSupply.com Gift Website — Every purchase you make sends 40% (!) right to WS Foundation.

2) Register with Amazon Smile — When shopping on Amazon, put the word 'smile' in front of the web address before shopping (every time).  https://smile.amazon.com/ (NOTE: Designate West Sylvan Foundation as your "Smile" beneficiary; our school will earn a % of every purchase.)

3) Register with Fred Meyer Rewards Program — You'll be donating to WSMS every time you shop. Link your rewards program. Sign-in or account may be required. www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

4) Register with eScrip — Register your credit cards at www.escrip.com & West Sylvan Foundation earns a % of your spending at local businesses (including Little Big Burger, Thai Bloom!, TILT, and Market of Choice). Group ID for WSMS is #8567844

Make a direct FINANCIAL Donation

Your tax-deductible donation goes directly to supporting students at WSMS this school year. *Does your company have a match program? You could double your impact!


Our Impact



thousands of Dollars Raised annually



Years Serving Local middle school Students



West sylvan middle School Students impacted in 2019


Our Major Fundraising Programs


Our largest annual fundraiser of the year takes place November 8 - 22, 2019, and is run entirely online. No elaborate or expensive school auction required. Click here for more info. Year-round we take commitments of vacation rentals, tickets, goods and services. Click HERE if you have something to donate.

Annual 6th Grade Minute-t0-Win-IT & 7th & 8th Grade Fun events

We are combining fundraising with community-building. We have fun events planned for each grade level (Glow-in-The-Dark 7th Grade Party! 6th Grade Minute-to-Win-It!) but need volunteers to get these events off the ground this year. Email us if you'd like to help: ewsylvanfoundation@gmail.com.

6th Graders Compete at the Annual 6th Grade Minute-to-Win-It

6th Graders Compete at the Annual 6th Grade Minute-to-Win-It

SPirit WEar

Purchase our West Sylvan branded “Spirit Wear” at the Student Store and support the Foundation with your purchase. We also need sales people to sell at events. Email us if you’d like to help organize and/or sell “Spirit Wear.”

Fundraising & Community BUilding Parties

We need both event spaces (restaurants!) and hosts to help create fun events our parents and kids will pay to attend. We’re happy to promote your business throughout our student population of 1,000+ families in Portland. Email us here if you are interested in hosting a party or offering your event space or restaurant.

New Parents Back-to-School Brunch

New Parents Back-to-School Brunch


Who We Are

We think the middle school years are incredibly important and shouldn’t be overlooked.

∙We're a parent-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting 6th, 7th & 8th grade students at our local, public middle school. Our fundraising directly reduces class sizes & preserves the important electives kids count on each year: arts, languages, technology, library, music.

∙Despite statewide budget cuts, we believe a strong public school system is important for our city & world. Our school serves 1,000 kids as the largest middle school in PDX offering a Spanish Immersion and English program.

∙We count on parents, local businesses, volunteer hours and our greater community to support of our students. Each year we make a substantial financial commitment to the West Sylvan Middle School staff and principal based on projections, curriculum goals and threat of budget cuts specific to our school.

∙ In the 2019/2020 school year, our foundation proudly supported facilitating the transition of West Sylvan to an accredited Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program . This is a long process and we are excited for and proud of our students and staff.

∙ History: The West Sylvan Foundation was formed in 1994 by a group of Portland parents wanting to support middle school students in a time of financial crisis. Budget cuts following passage of Measure 5 created financial challenges for Portland Public Schools and thanks to their vision, the West Sylvan Foundation continues to provide funds to help reduce class size and provide for a wider range of electives.


2019 West Sylvan Foundation Board

Board Chair - Chelsea Heiser

Secretary - Andrea Nitta

Christina Bevans

Laura Hammond

Jennifer Hill

Katherine Kurtz

Julia Qin

David Reese

Amanda Vowels

JeNNifer Whitten