The Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation was founded in 1998 by members of the community who wanted to enhance educational opportunities for children in the Harrisburg School District. The Foundation is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) and works in partnership with the school district. It is an independent organization.
Our mission is to improve academic achievement, support programming and promote leadership and personal development of students within the Harrisburg School District. We do this by facilitating community participation and bringing together resources, financial support and volunteers
Chris Baldrige, Executive Director
Karen F. Snider, Executive Director of the Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on January 12, 2017. Karen, prior to serving the HPSF, started her career in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and rose through the organization until finally being appointed Secretary of Public Welfare in 1991. After her tenure as Secretary of Public Welfare, Karen was named Chief Operating Officer of Northwestern Human Services, as well as founding Susquehanna Consulting and Financial Group in Harrisburg. Her tireless dedication not only helped clients in the Pennsylvania human service system, but she also become an advocate for numerous community and charitable activities. Karen served on numerous boards and was named Executive Director of the Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation in 2012. Her timeless devotion and passion allowed the Harrisburg Public School Foundation to expand its support for the students, staff members and the entire Harrisburg Public School community. Her energy, dedication, and smile, will be greatly missed.