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Potsdam Educational Opportunities Fund (PEOF)

What is the Potsdam Educational Opportunities Fund (PEOF)?

The PEOF represents concerned parents and others who have joined to provide Potsdam Central School educators with resources to enhance learning experiences reaching beyond the scope of the school curriculum.  The PEOF, operating under the auspices of the Northern New York Community Foundation, has launched a program of raising money and granting funds to PCS teachers and staff for the enhancement of their work with students, on the basis of competitive proposals.  The PEOF Advisory Committee, representing a broad cross-section of parents, community leaders, and concerned citizens, is working in close collaboration with PCS teachers and administrators to develop a strong and ongoing system of support for the most creative and successful initiatives that can be provided to Potsdam students.

How can you give to PEOF?

The fundraising efforts of the PEOF have been significantly leveraged through the matching gift of over $100,000 by an anonymous couple, both alumni of Potsdam schools.  This matching gift allowed us to raise a total of $195,000 in our first two years!  This money is split between an annual fund and an endowment fund. The annual fund will be spent yearly, while only the earnings from the endowment fund will be used each year.

You can donate to PEOF by filling out the “Donor Form” and sending it and your check to the Northern New York Communication Foundation, indicating that the gift is for PEOF. 

Please make checks payable to: NNY Community Foundation
Mail to:       120 Washington St., Suite 400
Watertown, NY 13601


NNY Community Foundation is a 501(c) 3 corporation.
All contributions are tax deductible.


What has PEOF done?

In the 2012-2013 school year we gave nearly $6000, in 2013-2014 we gave over $5000, in 2014-2015 we gave ~$8000, and in 2014-2015 we gave over $9000 to several projects at Potsdam Central.  You can read more about these projects in our Newsletters (see documents below). 

Potsdam Educational Opportunities Fund Advisory Committee Members

Devon A. Shipp
(Chair, Clarkson University/Parent)

Michael Sitton
(Vice-chair, SUNY Potsdam)

Julie Helenbrook
(Secretary, Parent)

Petra Krauss
(Parent/Clarkson University)

Tracy Wanamaker
(SUNY Potsdam/Parent/PCS Music Friends)

Danielle Gray
(Board of Education)

Mary Evans-Welpe
(Speech Pathologist/Parent)

Todd Kaiser
(Potsdam Central School)

Anthony Betrus
(Parent/SUNY Potsdam)