Des Moines Public Schools students playing instruments
Access to Arts for All Students

Des Moines Public Schools Foundation

Des Moines Public Schools is the largest school district in Iowa, with students representing 88 countries and a poverty rate of more than 74 percent. The DMPS Foundation recognizes the importance of varied learning levels and the need to engage the whole child to foster high achievement in all areas of learning. The Foundation works to support the goals and objectives of Des Moines Public Schools, which aim to provide the best opportunity for all students to be prepared to meet the demands of our future work force.

OneRun 2023

The 4th annual District-wide OneRun fundraiser will be held at Water Works Park on Saturday, September 23, 2023, with check-in between 8:00-8:45 a.m. The event is a 2-mile fun run/walk with an option to cheer on the sidelines as a supporter! Registration is free for everyone; participation is what will send funds to each school.

OneRun 2023 Registration

Event fees will be paid by corporate and individual sponsors. Once participation totals are tallied, the money raised will be sent directly to the schools. Each participant may designate one school. The more participants and donations, the more money to the schools!

Click here if you’d like to help sponsor the event.

Thank you to these Sponsors for the 2022 event.


DMPS Foundation Dinner

The Des Moines Public Schools Foundation Board and Des Moines School Board will be hosting the DMPS Foundation Dinner on Thursday, November 2nd.

Tickets to Foundation Dinner

The evening event will include toasts to our school district, a warm welcome for our new DMPS superintendent, Dr. Ian Roberts, and, most importantly, the opportunity to raise much needed financial support for the students of Des Moines Public Schools.

The event will be held at Drake University’s Olmstead Center with a reception at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.



DMPS is participating in GIVEdsm, an online resource that provides the opportunity to learn about the needs and opportunities of our community and offer support to those that match your interests.

Donating to the DMPS Foundation is contributing to the future success of our students.

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"Without hip-hop class, I wouldn't even know who I really am as a person. Poems and music have made me experience and find out who I really am."
– Davuntae, Movement 515 participant

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2017-2021 Focus Areas

The DMPS Foundation will concentrate its giving on efforts integrating the arts in the Des Moines Public Schools that provide K-8 students firsthand opportunities to increase student engagement and narrow achievement gaps.
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