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Special Projects/


The annual fund supports the general operations of the Foundation as well as the staff and students at Roosevelt High School. We fund projects brought to us through our Grant application. Through this process we provide opportunities that are not possible with Roosevelt’s current state funding. Examples of our funding include: mock trial competition fees, professional development for staff, updating of trophy cases throughout the school, Annual Senior Party, photography equipment for the journalism department, visiting authors and much more.


Capital campaign

Roosevelt for Generations is a $3 million fundraising campaign and collaborative effort between the Roosevelt High School Foundation and Des Moines Public Schools. To learn more about the projects and why we need you.

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The Foundation provides over $30,000 in scholarship funds each year to graduating seniors annually. These scholarship opportunities are generously funded by Roosevelt alumni, supporters, parents and community members. These scholarships are both merit and need-based, and cover a variety of student interests. “Named Scholarships” honor a special person and require a minimum annual donation of $2,500. Many opt to support the foundation anonymously, which has no minimum donation amount. We depend on both forms of support to ensure our ability to provide these valuable gifts to graduating seniors.

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Losing a loved one is always tough, and we keep all our alumni in our thoughts. Many alumni who have passed leave a legacy by designating monetary gifts to the Foundation. If this is something your loved one has in their wishes, please reach out to the Foundation to set up a fund In Memory or In Honor of them to support our annual fund or a designated program. If you have loved ones asking how they can donate, simply fill out our online form and leave the name of the individual in the HONORARIUM box.




Consider rallying your fellow Riders and donate on behalf of your graduating class. Class gifts provide us the ability to continue our Hall of Fame program, which honors outstanding alumni each year and provide reunion assistance, including school tours. 




The Foundation hosts events throughout the year to raise money for our Annual Fund. Our two major events are the Rider Cup, which is a golf outing at Waveland in May of each year, and R Party, which is a fun celebration of rider pride hosted each fall. These two events are currently our biggest fundraisers and we are always looking for individuals and corporations to sponsor these events. If you are interested in sponsorship, please click on the event links below to donate or contact the Foundation.




Throughout the year we need extra hands for events, reunions and fundraisers. If you are interested in volunteering for the Foundation, please email us at we'll get you signed up! 


Each summer we look ahead to the coming fiscal year and with that we look for new people to join our board. We accept applications all year round, and each September we add a few new faces to the board. If you are interested, please fill out our online application today. 

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