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(JACKSON, MS, September 22, 2023) Parents for Public Schools (PPS) is pleased to announce a three-year, $550,000 grant received from founder and supporter, Dick Molpus. The grant focuses on the long-term sustainability of the organization by providing funds to add a staff member focused on development and fundraising.

Additional funding will strengthen PPS’ national infrastructure and initiatives as well as its chapters’ work across the nation. Further, this grant will aid in building the organization’s capacity to continue its advocacy on behalf of the nation’s public schools.

Joann Mickens, Executive Director of PPS, stated: “We are honored that our founder, Dick Molpus, continues to see the value of public schools and the work that we at PPS do to support them. It was his vision to create this organization, and he is intent upon keeping it viable into the future. The addition of a director of development, who will focus on the financial sustainability of PPS, is absolutely essential, and we thank Dick for his generous funding of this position.”

PPS is currently in the process of interviewing applicants for the director of development position.

About Parents for Public Schools

Parents for Public Schools, Inc. is a nonpartisan nonprofit that began in Mississippi more than 30 years ago by parents who organized to support public schools. Since its founding in 1991, PPS has become a diverse, national organization of community-based chapters whose mission is to advance the role of parents and communities in securing a high-quality public education for every child.