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About Ossining MATTERS

Who We Are

Ossining MATTERS is a not-for-profit Education Foundation established in 2003 to raise funds for the Ossining School District. Our mission is to support and enrich the learning opportunities for all children in the Ossining School District by providing funding for projects that go beyond the scope of the school district budget.

How We Work

Each spring, Ossining MATTERS invites teachers and staff at every educational level within the district to submit grant applications for projects to be implemented the following school year. Our funding committee reviews these applications with the goal of choosing those that reach the greatest number of students, serve important needs, provide lasting impact, and best support the district’s educational goals. Ossining MATTERS also works with the administration and faculty of our schools in developing pilot programs to meet the same criteria we set for our grant applications.

Where We Find Our Funding

Our key fundraising events include our very popular annual September Run/Walk on the Old Croton Aqueduct and our hugely successful Spring Benefit Concert and Auction. Past concerts have featured internationally renowned artists Gil and Orli Shaham, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, DBR & The Mission, singer-songwriter Dar Williams, Broadway star Kerry Butler, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, Latin rock sensation deSoL, folk-pop quartet Tripping Lily, dynamic ensemble Derrick N. Ashong, Soulfège and NY Yankee, Latin-Grammy nominated, Bernie Williams and Gil Parris Quartet. We also actively solicit corporate grants and grants from other foundations.

What We Accomplished So Far

Thanks to the very generous backing of our community, we’ve funded hundreds of grants for the Ossining School District so far. The grants and projects we support are reaching students at every age level, from preschool through high school, enriching academics, cultural arts, and health/athletics. The programs, ranging from literacy-building projects to school year and summer science programs, gardening workshops, dance programs, and classroom and gym equipment purchases, meet a wide variety of student needs and interests.

How Can You Help

  • Join us at our community events! Lend your financial and moral support.

  • Contact us about the possibility of sponsoring specific projects.

  • Talk to your employer about making a financial contribution or sponsoring a program.

  • Volunteer your time to help plan fundraising events, assist with mailings or serve on other committees.

  • Add your name to our mailing list so that we can send you information and updates on our projects.

  • And of course, we accept donations throughout the year.

Do You Have Other Ideas?

Send us an email at info@ossiningmatters.org. OM is an all-volunteer organization.

Consider joining our effort!