About the Zeeland Education Foundation

Our History

The Zeeland Education Foundation was established in the spring of 2005. The goal of the Foundation is to raise private funds to enhance academic excellence for all students of Zeeland Public Schools. An anonymous donor graciously provided $10,000 in seed money to begin this effort. A community-wide fundraising campaign, called Crayons to Careers, was initiated to provide revenue and to establish the endowment fund. A Board of Directors comprised of parents, community leaders and educators within the Zeeland school district supervises the organization. The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area serves as the fiscal agent for Foundation’s endowment fund also known as The Legacy Fund.

The ZEF Grant Review Committee reviews the requests of funding for resources that promote scholastic achievement and extraordinary learning opportunities. 



Our Funds

DIRECT IMPACT FUND is our checking account. Gifts to this fund ensure that the Foundation is able to provide funding for our annual teacher and district grant cycles. 

LEGACY ENDOWMENT FUND is our savings account. This fund is designed to provide long-range support to the school by investing the funds, accruing interest and leaving the principal intact. It provides a perpetual source of funding necessary to address educational needs far into the future. Gifts can be made to the Legacy Fund as a cash donation, in-kind gifts, stocks, funds transfers and estate planning. The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area serves as the fiscal agent for our endowment fund, The Legacy Fund.

Board of Directors

Tom Den Herder

Christine Powers
Vice President

Andy Johnson

Chris Pollack

Bob Bishop 

Cal DeKuiper 

Jim Eickhoff

Gary Feenstra

Leslee Lewis

Ron Lewis

Amy Nash

Jim Schoettle

Korey Thomas

Mary Beth Timmer

Sarai VanderWood

Rick Van Dorp


Nikki Kleinheksel
Zeeland Education Foundation

Sara Stevens
Zeeland Education Foundation

Dr. Brandi-Lyn Mendham,
Zeeland Public Schools

Julie Patrerick
Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood and Elementary Curriculum
Zeeland Public Schools

Matt Stolz

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Curriculum

Contact Us

If you have questions or wish to discuss alternate ways to give to the Zeeland Education Foundation, please contact

Nikki Kleinheksel or Sara Stevens
183 W. Roosevelt Zeeland, MI 49464