The Terrell ISD Excellence Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, promotes 

quality education for Terrell Independent School District.  Established in 2008, the Foundation 

encourages excellence in education and seeks and distributes funds to support effective programs and 

initiatives to further enhance learning for public school students in the Terrell community.


In 2008 a group of community volunteers dedicated to education was invited to meet with the 

superintendent to hear of the need and the benefits of an education foundation for Terrell ISD.  A 

Steering Committee was formed to complete the task.  Subsequently, the Certificate of Formation was 

filed with the State of Texas, bylaws were drafted, programs developed and an application was made to 

the Internal Revenue Service for designation as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.


A Founding Donor Campaign began in late 2008 and ended in June, 2009.  Over $300,000 was raised to 

begin the work of the Foundation.  The Foundation’s first grants were awarded in August of 2009 in the 

amount of $49,858.  The work of the Foundation has continued, and at the end of 2020 school year, 

the Foundation has awarded $1,630,131 in grants to the students and teachers of Terrell.