RUSD Foundation

RUSD Foundation

Mission Statement

The Riverside Unified School District Foundation supports student success by securing resources to enhance Riverside Unified School District’s mission of providing engaging, innovative and equitable learning experiences.

What We Do

The Riverside Unified School District Foundation (RUSDF) is focused on providing equitable and innovative opportunities to the students, staff and families of the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD). Resources developed by RUSDF enhance educational opportunities designed to propel student learning and staff development.

The Riverside Unified School District Foundation (RUSDF) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors consisting of business leaders and community members.

Who We Are

Board of Directors / Trustees:

  • Dayne Brassard, CEO Tilden Coil
  • Virginia Blumenthal, CEO Blumenthal Law Offices
  • Matthew Webb, CEO Albert A Webb Associates
  • Tom Podgorski, CEO CAtrs Teachers Retirement Services & Investment Advisor
  • Renee Hill, Superintendent Riverside Unified School District

When you invest in today's students, you invest in their future.

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Ways to Donate

Greatest Need Fund

Support the mission of Riverside Unified School District and assist in providing engaging, innovative, and equitable learning experiences for all students.

Pia Zarate Fund

Pia was a person who cared for everyone and made everyone feel cared about. Sadly her family, the community and RUSD lost her to cancer when she was only 32 years old.

To honor Pia’s memory, the Maria (Pia) Zarate Memorial Fund was established to make resources available to RUSD middle school science teachers to provide enrichment experiences for their students.

Civic Engagement Challenge

Students are challenged to work alone or in teams to create a plan addressing an issue in their local community or school site. Successful completion of the project makes these students eligible for the California State Seal of Civic Engagement, as well as scholarship awards for the top projects.


The Riverside Unified School District African American Parent Advisory Council (DAAPAC) advocates for education equity and inclusion for Black student scholars in Riverside Unified School District and to equip and empower parents in the process. DAAPAC seeks to provide Black students with supplemental educational and extended opportunities that promote learning, growth, and success.

Roger Folsom Athlete Fund

The Roger Folsom Athlete Fund was established to assist RUSD student athletes who have financial needs in order to pursue their athletics. Roger Folsom was a true hometown athlete. He was born and raised in Riverside and attended Grant Elementary, Central Junior High, Riverside Poly High School and Riverside Community College. He compiled a stellar record as a three sport player in football, basketball, and baseball.

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RUSD Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 85-2507113.