At the beginning of the school year, InvestED provides funding to partner schools. Funds are allocated based on the student population and percentage of students qualifying for the Free and Reduced Lunch program based on their family income.
During the school year, school personnel that are trained as InvestED coordinators help individual students in need. Funds can be used for covering academic testing fees, sports equipment, activity fees, renting musical instruments, field trips, clothing, basic needs and more. In addition to our partnership, InvestED supports local school fundraising efforts by matching donations through our Matching and Adopt-a-School programs.
At the end of the year, school coordinators provide an annual report on how the money was spent and the demographic data on students served. They also share personal stories of the students impacted by InvestED programs. We track this progress and work to grow our impact!
"On my 11th birthday, a family friend presented me with a beautiful gift. To this day, I still have no Idea why they gave it to me. This small act of kindness blossomed into a tradition that I’ve paid forward with my daughter, nieces, and friends’ daughters.I always have a big celebration when a little girl has her eleventh birthday to honor that act of kindness in my life."
"When I graduated from high school, it was necessary for me to earn an income to support my family and save money for college. It was difficult finding a job and I began volunteering at a computer-training academy. A friend recommended me to a humanitarian nonprofit where I became a data entry clerk. This small act of kindness began my life career and shaped my future."
"My mother was a single mom of two and we were living on government assistance, which provided the bare minimum our family needed to survive. On occasion, we would come home to random bags of groceries on our porch. This small act of kindness has helped shape the person I’ve become today."
"When I was living in Ebukolo Kenya, I was caught in a sudden rainstorm. I was a mile away from home and frustrated when a stranger rushed out of his home to usher me inside. The man gave me shelter, tea, cookies and 2 hours of conversation. That small act of kindness reaffirmed the generosity, kindness and human spirit. It taught me to give back in small ways each day."
"When I was traveling in Kurnool, India, I was invited to the home of an employee at a nonprofit I was visiting. He and his family were struggling economically, but he hosted me for a full meal. This small act of kindness taught me that no matter what level of wealth a person may have, each of us could still give to others. This man and other individuals like him inspired me to pursue a career in social enterprise."
"The first time I was separated from my twin sister in school, was in a brand new city. I was terrified walking into that room by myself. A girl offered to show me the playground (YAY!) and meet her friends. This small act of kindness taught me the value of welcoming others."
"When I was a senior in high school, I had an amazing guidance counselor who went above-and-beyond the call of duty to help me realize my college dreams. She spent extra hours helping me research and apply for scholarship opportunities to cover the full cost of tuition. Thanks to her dedication, I received generous financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and attended the university of my dreams. I am eternally grateful to both my counselor and the foundation! Together they provided those additional encouragements and resources I needed to continue achieving."
Shaw Middle School
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Gesa Credit Union
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Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
Director of Marketing, Promotions & Corporate Partners
City University of Seattle
Academic Program Director, School of Ed. Graduate Program
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Pinnacle of Parnassus Holdings
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Product Manager, Licensed Store Marketing
ESD 101 Assistant Superintendent,
Student Learning & Support Services
Renton School District
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Asst. Superintendent, Operations and Human Resources
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In 1963, Saul Haas (owner and founder of KIRO Radio and Television) had a daughter at Garfield High School and discovered that the critical needs of many low income students were not being met, jeopardizing their ability to stay in school. He began to donate to Garfield and other schools, eventually founding the Saul and Dayee G. Haas Foundation in 1972. In 2009, the foundation transitioned to public charity status and adopted the name InvestED. Because of Saul’s vision, tens of thousands of students throughout the state have received small acts of kindness and caring that has made the difference in their lives.
1963 - Saul Haas, founder and president of KIRO Broadcasting, launched the foundation
1973 - Saul Haas dies, Dayee Haas becomes president; Foundation expands statewide
1976 - Expansion to include all public and private secondary schools
1983 - Dayee Haas dies
1988 - Foundation celebrates 25 years
1998 - Matching program launched
2010 - Transition from foundation to public charity Saul & Dayee G. Haas Foundation name change to InvestED
2013 - Organization celebrates 50 years
2014 - The Seattle Seahawks choose InvestED as a partner for the license plate program
2020 - InvestED assists more than 130,000 students during 2019-20 school year and surpasses $1 million in annual support to schools