The Cardinal Fund

Join the effort to prepare District 214 students for a successful future! The Cardinal Fund, named for Arlington High School -- District 214's first school and home of the beloved Arlington Cardinals -- supports advanced placement exams for those who can't afford them, translating into early college credits and thousands of dollars of potential postsecondary cost savings. The fund also supports industry and career credentials for our students in areas like manufacturing, information technology and healthcare. Together, we are ensuring the spirit of Arlington lives on in the future of our District 214 students.

Give Now

Do you remember the first time someone believed in you more than you believed in yourself? The first time you overcame a monumental challenge? The first time you realized your success was empowered by people who supported you and simply provided an opportunity to excel?

You can give the gift of those moments. Click here to learn more about how you can make a difference, and click here to donate as part of our Annual Giving campaign 

The District 214 Education Foundation is a nonprofit arm of District 214 supporting innovation, student success and lifelong learning beyond our normal operating budget.

At a time when nearly thirty percent of District students lives in poverty and the future of state funding is uncertain, the Foundation creates and enhances partnerships and engagement opportunities that ensure we continue to position every student for success. 

The District 214 Education Foundation replaced the former Community Education Foundation, presenting the first formal 501(c)(3) opportunity to support big-picture student and lifelong learner needs across the District. In a single year, contributions have been used to provide programming to students who will become the first in their family to attend college; fund Advanced Placement tests for students who cannot afford them; bolster the business dreams of standout entrepreneurial students; and award scholarships to seniors demonstrating college and career readiness.

Gifts to the Foundation have the potential to impact 12,000 students across six nationally recognized comprehensive high schools and four programs of specialized learning, as well as integral Community Education programming like adult and family literacy and the Catherine M. Lee Women’s and Children’s Center, which impact generations through education. 

District 214 has been part of the community for 100 years. Please join us as we move enthusiastically into the next century. We believe the best way to empower our schools and our communities is to come together with the recognition that we are all part of something greater than ourselves, and the knowledge that, working together, we can make a difference.

To make a gift, please contact the Foundation Office at 847-718-7708 or foundation@d214.org.