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Staff Campaign

It all adds up! Since we started this campaign in 2004, GIPS staff has given $1,511,677 to our GIPS Foundation to invest in students.
For every dollar you have invested, our Foundation has added $22.16 to bring the total benefit to students up to $33,505,170!

Give for a REASON!

A note from your co-chairs:
The 2024 Add it up to Opportunity! Staff campaign is kicking off with the goal of adding up a lot of opportunities for students! Opportunities and students drive our desire to give as teachers and co-chairs. The work of the Foundation has a positive impact on ALL students in Grand Island Public Schools. From scholarships, to classroom grants, to legacy funds, our Foundation makes a difference every day.

Get ready for the thrill of making a real impact every single day! The dynamic team at GIPS is on a mission, and it's not just a job – it's a passion! Picture this: a collaborative TEAM of educators, custodians, paras, secretaries, counselors, administrators, social workers, nutrition service personnel, maintenance personnel, nurses, and specialists all coming together to shape the lives of nearly 10,000 students annually.

But here's the kicker – it's not just about us, it's about YOU! Yes, you are the driving force that propels our success. The GIPS Foundation relies on your support to make a difference in our community, showcasing our commitment to students and sparking a chain reaction of generosity. You are the key player, setting the bar high. And guess what? We're not just celebrating 21 years of excellence; we're gearing up for the most phenomenal year yet. Get ready to be part of something extraordinary!

Your contribution, no matter the size, will MAKE A DIFFERENCE for our students! 

2024 Co-Chairs
Chandra Kosmicki, Engleman Elementary
Beth Schott, Knickrehm Elementary
Holly Ortega, Barr Middle School
Eon Lemburg, Walnut Middle School
Kathryn Zeller, Westridge Middle School
Pat Doyle, Grand Island Senior High
Haley Koeppe, Grand Island Senior High

GIPS Payroll Deduction

Payroll deductions are available to Grand Island Public Schools employees only.

Note: If you would like to begin a GIPS payroll deduction click the button above to access the form.

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Jensen Challenge

$5,000 Matching Gift

With sincere desire to encourage the staff in Grand Island to continue giving to the Foundation, Douglas and Cheryl Jensen have pledged $5,000 in support of the past and as a commitment to the present and future by matching all new and increased gifts from staff to the 2024 Add it Up to Opportunity Staff Campaign. Your new or increased gift will add up twice as fast for students!

Team Competition


The contest will run March 25 – April 22. Although contributions will be accepted at any time, April 22 will be the last day contributions will be eligible for the contest.
There are 51 teams. Teams are divided by building. Each elementary building is a team. Barr, Walnut, Westridge, Senior High, and the Kneale Administration building have been split into 4 or more teams accordingly.

Competition #1:
Jensen Matching Gift

The team with the highest percentage of gifts eligible for the Jensen matching gift (new or increased gifts).


Receive the traveling trophy and an appropriate prize up to $150 to be worked out with their team leader.

Competition #2
T-shirt Challenge

The team with the highest percentage of gifts meeting the   t-shirt challenge ($72 or more).


Receive an appropriate prize up to $100 to be worked out with their team leader.

Back by Popular Demand:

100% Team Treat Day

All teams that give at 100% will earn a treat for their team delivered by the Foundation.  

YOU get a Personal Day

All Staff Members who give $132 or more will be entered into a drawing to win an extra personal day to be added to next year’s contract. Teaching & Learning Administrators will substitute for certified staff who require a sub. Classified staff are also eligible to win. Three winners will be drawn.

Free T-shirts

All who give $72 or more are eligible for a free t-shirt.  
Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL.

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