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The purpose of FORWARD is to enhance learning opportunities for students by further enriching the curricula. We accomplish this by providing annual cash grants to create and implement innovative educational programs.  Grants are awarded each spring through a competitive process. To learn more about out our grant process, please visit our Grant Application page.


Throughout the year FORWARD holds community fundraising events to help support the grant program.  

YouTube video from 2012 explaining the purpose of Forward Foundation along with testimonials from teachers who received some of the first grants awarded.

FORWARD is a 501(c)(3) organization that distinguishes itself as a means for private giving separate from the core school district budget.

The foundation: 

  • Solicits, manages and distributes funds solely to the School District of River Falls

  • Enhances learning opportunities for students by further enriching the curricula

  • Empowers educators by funding new learning tools and initiatives

  • Is run entirely by an all-volunteer board of community members

Forward Foundation was established in 2012. 

FORWARD awards approximately $20,000 each year for innovative projects in the River Falls School District!


Every school in the district has benefited from FORWARD grants. 


Doug Cudd, member of the steering committee for the River Falls High School Class of 1967 50th reunion, presented a  donation to the FORWARD Education Foundation
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