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About Us​

The CMS Foundation is the official nonprofit partner for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In our unique position as the trusted bridge between CMS and the philanthropic community, we leverage and steward private dollars to help the district achieve its highest strategic goals. We work to ensure that private investments have a meaningful, sustainable impact on public education in our community.

The knowledge and skills required to succeed in our global society continue to evolve, and so do the needs of our education system. Public funding alone is not sufficient to provide our students and teachers the opportunities they need and deserve. It takes the support of our entire community.

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our work

We work closely with CMS educators to understand district priorities and identify opportunities to maximize student achievement through the investment of private resources. With the help of our generous philanthropic community, we seed initiatives and help expand programs that support our students and educators.

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Strengthening the Teacher Pipeline

Addressing the critical need for teachers, the CMS Teaching Residency program provides an alternative pathway for passionate, skilled individuals to become licensed classroom teachers.

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Elevating Teacher Voices

Through our Teacher Talks lecture series and other storytelling initiatives, we help ensure CMS educators have opportunities to be seen, heard, innovate, collaborate and share best practices.

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Teacher Innovation Grants

Through grants awarded to CMS teachers, the Teacher Innovation Fund supports the implementation of school-based, innovative strategies to  prepare students for college and career success.

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COVID-19 Relief Fund

Our COVID-19 Relief Fund is helping students stay connected to their classrooms with technology and closing the connectivity gap as CMS students and teachers work diligently to continue learning during the COVID-19 crisis.

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voices & stories

Stay updated and explore the stories, ideas, and experiences of people throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools community.

The Yearbook

Explore stories of CMS students, staff, parents, and community partners navigating school during the COVID-19 pandemic in this special project.

teacher talks

When teachers talk, we listen. Watch CMS teachers deliver a variety of education (and life) focused lessons in this curated lecture series.

made in cms

Hear first-person stories from alumni as they reflect on their favorite teachers and school experiences as students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

news & events

Visit our digital newsroom to stay up-to-date on the latest events, fundraising priorities, program updates, community engagement opportunities, and more.

our community

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Follow along on social media and get connected to our community of teachers, students, parents, and other schoolanthropists like you who are making an impact in education.