Lansing Educational Foundation
200 E. Mary Street
Lansing KS 66043
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 727-1100 1111
Mission Statement

The Lansing Educational Foundation enhances the excellence in the learning environment in partnership with the schools and the community.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sharon Burns
Board Chair Ms. Christine Aus
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aus Construction
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Ways of Giving

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  • Citizens Savings & Loan Debit Card- $0.05 of every swipe goes back to our foundation
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Please mail donations to:
Attn: Lansing Educational Foundation
200 E. Mary Street
Lansing, KS 66043
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

The Lansing Educational Foundation enhances the excellence in the learning environment in partnership with the schools and the community.

Background Statement

The Lansing Educational Foundation was founded in 2004 with 11 Charter Members. These members expressed a desire for the Lansing Board of Education to establish a foundation for the School District. For the pursuit of excellence in education, the Foundation is now governed by a 23 member Board of Directors with the support of a part time director and the district superintendent. With the focus on educational excellence, both in academics and fine arts, the Foundation offers additional opportunities for Lansing students through grants to district staff and special projects.

Impact Statement
  1. Autism Grants supporting students with Autism and related disabilities in the classroom as well as Staff seeking BCBA Certification.
  2. LEF Annual Honors Awards Breakfast recognizes student academic achievement, Teachers of the Year, Educational Support Professionals of the Year and Teacher Grant Recipients. Over 650 staff, business members, parents and students attended the 2019 Honors Awards Breakfast at Lansing High School.
  3. Fifth Annual Lansing District Art Showcase held on April 13, 2019 provided funding for art teachers in all schools in the district and exposure of student and community artwork within the Lansing/Leavenworth community. Over 450 community members in attendance.
  4. LEF has granted over $31,000 to Lansing Public Schools during the 2019-2020 School Year. This amount includes Educate the Pride Classroom Grants, Building Grants, Autism Grants, Major Gifts, Art Classroom Grants, and Teacher of the Year/Educational Support Professional of the Year Grant.
  1. To increase exposure of the foundation throughout our community thereby increasing awareness of funding opportunities to support Lansing Schools.
  2. To maximize fundraising efforts during this fiscal year thereby increasing grant opportunities within the schools. 
  3. To encourage and enhance excellence in the learning environment for all students in Lansing USD #469.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding for the Autism Grant Program for students in Lansing Public Schools thereby supporting unique and critical programs.
  2. Increase Funding for Educate the Pride Mini Grants thereby encouraging and enhancing excellence in the learning environment for all students.
  3. Support for the arts by providing exposure for students across the district and increase funding opportunities for the arts within Lansing Schools.
  4. Funding for day treatment program working with behavior and autistic students.
  5. Funding for post secondary special education program for functional students.
  6. Funding for gifted education and expanded learning opportunities for the brightest students.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Special Education
Areas of Service
KS - Leavenworth County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Lansing Educational Foundation has seen many successes since its beginning. This last fiscal year the creation of an Autism Fund, a successful gala and many unique opportunities to support the schools have taken place through the Educate the Pride Grant program. Our schools continue to change due to the nature of technology and continued funding challenges. The foundation faces those changes as well. Continuing to increase fundraising to meet the needs of the schools every year is one of the biggest challenges we face. Both in kind and direct donations are needed to assist the foundation in supporting our mission of enhancing the excellence in the learning environment in partnership with the schools and community.
My family came to Lansing in April of 1991. I grew up in Nebraska and had moved away from the Midwest with the thought that I would never be back here to live, only to visit. We had heard that the only place to live in the area was Lansing, as they had the very best school district around.
All three of our children have graduated from Lansing. I started out getting involved at the high school and middle school level and then went backwards getting re-involved at the elementary level. I served as President of the PTO, Vice-President of Lansing Booster Club, served on both the middle school and high school Site Councils. During my involvement with these organizations I, along with many other talented individuals, developed several very successful programs. We started the Breakfast with Santa at the Elementary School, the Middle School Fine Arts Fair, and the Tailgating dinners at the football games. I also held offices with the Officers & Civilian Wives Club while my husband was in the Army, including president and chair of the International Bazaar.
When I first heard of the Educational Foundation I was so excited about it that I actively pursued being selected to be on the Board. I am passionate about the Lansing Educational Foundation just as I am passionate about the Lansing community. The Lansing School District makes Lansing a sought after place to live and raise families.
From the beginning of the foundation in 2004, I have been a board member, board secretary for eight years, gala chair and co-chair for the first three fundraisers and annually support the breakfast. I also assisted in coordinating the Carnegie Arts Center partnership for the Vienna Boys Choir event.
I am dedicated to leading the foundation and I am dedicated to continue to encourage excellence for our students and teachers through our current programs and special program outreach.
The foundation has grown from when it was founded in 2004 due to the dedication of the board and support from our community. I see the foundation continuing to grow every year as we seek out new ways of supporting our students both in academics and the fine arts. Please consider partnering with us to support the students and teachers of Lansing Schools today.
Christine Aus, LEF Board President
Educate the Pride Mini-Grants fund classroom initiatives that focus on innovation and enrich student learning in the amounts of $500, $1,000 and $5,000. These grants have ranged from Study Island Software, Behavior Interventions Support Teams, new Classroom Technology, to assisting in student learning and the acquisition of character enrichment books and math enrichment centers.
Building Grants are granted via application approval by building administrators at $500 requests each. They fund educational projects or staff development for use building wide or by an entire grade level team.
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Comprehensive Grantmaking
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success Teachers and students annually benefit from the classroom and building support and educational enhancements these funds provide.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal is to increase funding annually to meet the increasing needs within Lansing Schools.
Program Success Monitored By End of the year reporting from grant recipients on program impacts and successes.
Examples of Program Success
The project helped our classrooms produce the results we were looking for. When applying for the grant, our goal was to help students have more differentiated instruction at their individual level. With the iPad grant, were able to assign students’ academic activities individually and it allowed our students to be working on different skills to meet their needs. It helped students immensely and is reflected in their growth on test scores.
Katie Ballew & Katie Cristiano, Elementary School Teachers/Educate the Pride Grant Recipients.
Description The Lansing District Art Showcase provides exposure of student talent and skills as well as fosters community partnerships through the showcasing of student and community artwork and local art donations. Funds are raised during this program that go directly to each building’s art program.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Funding
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success
Short term success can been seen through the incredible pride Lansing students take in their art work and the opportunity to showcase it to the community.
Additionally, the exposure Lansing students receive of community artwork through community partnerships with the Lansing Culinary Arts Program, Leavenworth County Artists Association and the University of Saint Mary.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal is to continue to provide exposure of the arts to our Lansing students and to support all district art programs by enhancing the educational excellence in their classrooms.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is seen through the number of student and community participants, number in attendance and dollar amount raised.
Examples of Program Success The 1st Annual Lansing District Art Showcase had over 200 community members in attendance. Nearly 300 student participants and over $1,000 raised to directly support education of the arts.
The Autism Grant program benefits students with Autism and related disabilities. Lansing Public Schools hosts a day treatment program, severe autism classroom and a special education program for students aged 18-21 for students residing in the Leavenworth County Area.
This program also supports teacher and staff education for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success LEF is currently supporting over 80 students through the Autism Grant Program.
Long-Term Success
Long term success for this program hinges on donor support through ongoing donations. 
Public Schools will always have a critical need in supporting students across the autism spectrum and with disabilities. 
Program Success Monitored By Successful implementation of Grant Programs in the classroom.
Examples of Program Success Support of sensory rooms across the school district, functional skill support, social skill curriculum, survival skills program, 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Sharon Burns
Term Start July 2018
Mrs. Sharon Burns, a graduate of William Jewell College, holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. She has worked as an accountant for the past fifteen years and currently also works in the gifted room at Lansing High School. Mrs. Burns is also the Community Relations Coordinator for Lansing USD469.
Mrs. Burns and her husband have four children and reside in Leavenworth, KS.
Former CEOs
Mrs. Nineveh CarvanJuly 2011 - June 2018
Mary Alice Schroeger2004 - June 2011
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 30
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Christine Aus
Company Affiliation Aus Construction
Term Sept 2018 to Sept 2021
Board Members
Ms. Christine AusAus Construction
Mrs. Patti Boe-CacklerLansing Intermediate School Gifted Facilitator
Mrs. Jonnie Brice
Mr. Andrew CameronDaylight Donuts, Donutology
Mrs. Jennah FlynnLansing Elementary School Teacher
Mr. Dan Gutshall
Mr. John HarrissDaylight Donuts
Mr. Rich HauverTechnogym, USA
Ms. Christina HoversonUSD #469
Ms. Stacey JenkinsUSD #469
Ms. Kathi LaMoeUSD #469
Ms. Priscilla LoPrestiRetired Teacher
Dr. Jeanette Lozenski
Ms. Christa MartinSaint John's Hospital
Mr. Joey McKee
Ms. Christy McKnightArmy
Ms. Janelle MoburgCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Chuck MooreheadCitizens Savings & Loan
Ms. Carol PageRealty Executives
Ms. Jane PlesslUSD #469
Mr. Mike Scherer
Ms. Mary Alice SchroegerUSD #469
Mr. Eric ValensteinCountry Club Bank
Mr. Dan WesselLansing USD469 Interim Superintendent
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 99%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
Mrs. Gale HethcoatRetired
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $40,000
Projected Expenses $30,000
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/Corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201920182017
Program Expense$54,296--$47,711
Administration Expense$11,862--$13,226
Fundraising Expense$742--$425
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.28--1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%--78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201920182017
Total Assets$123,725--$104,494
Current Assets$123,725--$104,494
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$2,087--$1,414
Total Net Assets$121,888--$103,080
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities59.28--73.90
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201920182017
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Lansing Educational Foundation
Address 200 E. Mary Street
Lansing, KS 66043
Primary Phone (913) 727-11001111
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sharon Burns
Board Chair Ms. Christine Aus
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aus Construction
Year of Incorporation 2008