Ensuring Support for Students to

Provide the best
future for our community.


The Blue Valley Educational Foundation empowers teachers to go beyond traditional classroom limits to enable our students to innovate, lead, and, most importantly, learn for their futures. Our mission is simple: enrich educational excellence. We accomplish this through the generosity of our community partners that support our outreach, financial development, and ongoing funding of extraordinary educational programs. 

Through the grants that we award, we provide the support needed for our teachers and staff to personalize their approach to teaching each student, maximizing outcomes for each and every child in our district. We proudly partner across all parts of our community to ensure that the students in our community have access to all the support they need to be successful.

We invite you to be a catalyst for the future of Blue Valley by sharing the BVEF story.


Joy Ginsburg
Executive Director
Blue Valley Educational Foundation


Joy GinsBurg, Executive Director

 jginsburg@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-4622

Joy is responsible for all strategic operations of the Foundation including fundraising, donor recruitment, and budgeting.  She oversees the Foundation’s fundraising campaigns such as Parent Membership, Payroll Donation, and Community Sponsorship efforts. Her new initiatives include the New Teacher Welcome, the Night of Lights Community event, the Hall of Fame at the Community Breakfast and increasing support for the Major Saver campaign. Joy works closely with district administration to ensure BVEF supports district goals such as Social and Emotional Wellness and the Chinese Immersion program. Joy’s twelve year old daughter is a 6th grader at Prairie Star Middle.

“First and foremost, I’m a Blue Valley mom," says Joy about her role at the Blue Valley Education Foundation. "I care deeply about the priorities of our school district and am determined to bring together parents, stakeholders, business leaders, teachers, and administrators so our community as a whole can have the greatest success possible. I do this for my kid and I do this for all our kids.”



Lisa Austin, Communications Coordinator

laaustin@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-4109

Lisa is responsible for internal and external communications for the Foundation. Some of those initiatives include event-planning, speech writing, social and media relations, and volunteer coordination. She heads up the Partners in Education program, Sunflower Ambassador program, School Business Partnership program, School Liaison/Faculty Fellows volunteers and aspects of marketing and communications for the Community Breakfast, Night of Lights, Battle of the Bands, and Surprise Squad. Also a Blue Valley mom, Lisa has twins who are ’17 graduates of Blue Valley High. 

“I love being able to make a connection between people," says Lisa about her role with BVEF. "Whether I’m working with community leaders, district staff or volunteers, there is nothing better than seeing how successful collaboration positively impacts our schools!”


Cindy Mcalister, Business Manager

cmcalister@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-4053

Cindy oversees the daily financial operation of BVEF and manages nearly $2M in assets, scholarships, Silver Societies, teacher awards and endowments.  She performs administrative duties for the BVEF Board of Directors, managing the Foundation’s finances and helping to prepare the annual audit. Cindy also serves on the Finance, Fund Development and Grant committees to provide fiscal insights and support projects. She helps manage teacher and district-wide grants and she plans the logistics around our district-wide Surprise Squad to award the grants, which has grown to three separate bus routes in one day. She helps coordinate multiple events including the annual Community Breakfast and Battle of the Bands along with supporting the CAPS Innovation Celebration.  She has been with BVEF for over 15 years and is a Blue Valley parent.

 “It has been a privilege to be a part of the Foundation’s growth over the past 15 years.  I work hard to be a good steward of donor gifts to ensure the reach of the Foundation impacts students district-wide.”


A Letter From our Executive Director

Honoring the work.


I am so proud to be the Executive Director of YOUR Blue Valley Educational Foundation. This is more than a job for me. Every day I get the joy of waking up, going into the office and figuring out new and improved ways we can – together – make our schools even more exceptional. I get to spend my days working to ensure our schools have everything they need to provide the most innovative and well-rounded education for our kids.

As a parent of a Blue Valley student and the daughter of a teacher, I honor them through my work. They are my reasons for rolling up my sleeves and giving it my ALL each and every day. My kid. Your kids. Our teachers. Our schools.

Can’t think of better reasons than that, can you?

Over its 27 year history, BVEF has put more than $4.6 million into our schools and we are determined to do more every year.

First and foremost, I’m a Blue Valley mom. I care deeply about the priorities of our school district and am determined to bring together parents, stakeholders, business leaders, teachers, and administrators so our community as a whole can have the greatest success possible.

I do this for my kid and I do this for all our kids.



With Blue Valley pride,

Joy Ginsburg
Executive Director
Blue Valley Educational Foundation

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A Letter From our President

Seeing the impact first-hand.


As the President of the Blue Valley Educational Foundation, I get to see first-hand how our donations make a difference in the lives of our students, teachers and schools. We raise funds to help our teachers think a little differently, give our students something special, and to help make ends meet in our buildings that have needs their typical budget can’t afford.

I am so proud of the work we have already been able to accomplish… but our work has just begun. We need more volunteers, more donors, more companies to support what we are trying to accomplish. Whether we are focused on ensuring our classrooms are the most innovative or making sure our students emotional wellbeing is a priority, BVEF is here to make our schools stronger.


Are you interested in getting more involved? Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities? Do you want to join a standing committee? Be a part of an event planning committee? Want to just sit down with us to learn more about how you, your company, your organization can collaborate with us?

Please reach out. If we all come together, we will be able to support ALL the priorities of the Blue Valley School district.




With appreciation,

Carol Sherman
Blue Valley Educational Foundation


Our Leadership

Our Milestone Donors


$100,000 Level

Commerce Bank


Ash Grove Charitable Foundation

$20,000 - $49,000

Bayer Healthcare

Blue Valley North Parent Booster Club

Burns & McDonnell

Johnson County Community College Foundation

Price Brothers Management Company

Brooks and Carol Sherman

$10,000 - $19,999

Frank and Chris Cappo

Compass Minerals

In Memory of Max Galloway

JE Dunn Construction

Kansas City Audio Visual

Midwest Trust


SMART Technologies

Thomas McGee LC

$5,000 - $9,999


CarterEnergy Company

Crossfirst Town and Country Bank

Delta Dental of Kansas

Devin and Karen Layton

Liberty View Elementary PTO

McCown Gordon Contruction

McGraw Hill School Education Group

Museum at Prairiefire

One Gas Foundation

Ed and Amy Tranin

University of Kansas Health System

Wenger Corporation

Dick and Mary Linna Woods


BCI Mechanical, Inc.

Blue Valley Insurance Agency, Inc.

BNIM Architects

Dimensional Innovations Foundation

Douthit Frets Rouse Gentile & Rhodes

Frontier Investments Banking Corp

Robert and Laura Hennessey

Kevin Cowan Architects

Ko Martial Arts (KOMA)

Master HC Kim

Master’s Tae Kwon Do Academy

Mathnasium of Leawood

Corey E. Mohn

Dr. Eric and Cheryl Schoenberg

Staples Community & Giving

Steve Klika for County Commissioner

Sunflower Bank NA

Transamerica Retirement Solutions

Westlake ACE Hardware