The EGHM Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3
organization made up of members who are local business
leaders from throughout the District 7 community. They hold
the common belief that a strong school district is vital to
quality communities. The foundation works closely with the
school district to identify the District’s needs. The focus
of projects funded is to provide direct benefit to as many
students as possible.
It is the goal of the foundation to support the positive
achievements of District 7 students and to provide some of
the resources that enable our students not only to achieve
success at the middle school and high school level but also
to watch them progress as young men and women who will be
the next leaders in shaping our community.
In 2011-12, the EGHM Foundation provided
$500,000 in upgrades to District 7 facilities, including
lights for the Winston Brown Track and Field Complex, a new
marquee at Edwardsville High School, and a new scoreboard at
the EHS Sports Complex.
For the 2012-13 school year, the EGHM
foundation supported the 21st century classroom project with
a contribution of $200,000 to jumpstart the fundraising
campaign. The 21st century classroom initiative is the
implementation of PolyVision Interactive Whiteboard systems
for 370 classrooms throughout the 14 schools within District
In addition, the EGHM Foundation will continue its
support of the middle school baseball program, middle school
and high school performing arts programs, and After-Prom.
This year the foundation will partner with the NAACP for an
ACT tutoring program for disadvantaged students. In
addition, the foundation will continue its efforts in
funding scholarships through the ROA program.
Members of the EGHM Foundation are well aware of the
financial difficulties District 7 continues to face and
fully realize that the District does not have the funding to
support extracurricular programs, as well as individual,
disadvantaged students who may not have the opportunity to
participate in various extracurricular activities without
the foundation’s support. The foundation will continue to
work closely with the District to provide funding to relieve
some of the pressure of extracurricular activities from the
In order to continue the work we are doing, the
Foundation welcomes donations of any size from businesses,
community members, and alumni. Donations may be targeted to
the donor’s choice of program, and of course, all donations
Checks should be made payable to the EGHM Foundation and
c/o Edwardsville CUSD7
708 St. Louis Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
In an economic crisis of the magnitude District 7
currently faces, there will be those who want to dismantle
extracurricular programs as a cost-saving measure. It is the
goal of the EGHM Foundation to continue to raise and expend
funds to maintain these programs for the value they bring to
our students’ overall educational experience. Participation
in these activities contributes to students’ physical and
mental health and the development of both social and
We hope that the greater District 7 community will
support us in these efforts.
The EGHM Foundation was established in the late 1970’s by
the late John Hunter, Jr., for the sole purpose of
supporting Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7.
Mr. Hunter was a long-time Board of Education member and
president of the school board. The foundation, a
not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization, is made up of members
who are local business leaders from throughout the District
7 community. They hold the common belief that a strong
school district is vital to quality communities. The
foundation relies on the school district to identify the
District’s needs. The focus of projects funded is providing
direct benefit to as many students as possible.
In the late 1970’s, the foundation purchased the 50-acre
tract of land that is now the Edwardsville High School
Sports Complex. The foundation provided the school district
with an option to purchase the land. The school district now
has ownership of the property.
In the 1980’s, the foundation provided funding to assist
in the development of the property into the athletic complex
it is today, serving football, baseball, soccer, softball,
When the new high school was constructed in the mid-90’s,
the foundation provided funding for adding four courts,
lighting, and office space for the tennis program; adding
two lanes and an all-weather surface for the track; and
completing portions of the fine arts auditorium, including
curtains, lighting, and sound system.
Since then, the foundation has purchased new band
uniforms and band-related equipment, middle school athletic
uniforms, and has provided funding for middle school
The foundation provides shoes for needy children who are
identified through individual schools. In addition, the
foundation administers two scholarship programs benefiting
Edwardsville High School seniors.
Most recently, the foundation has provided funding for
upgrades to facilities at the Sports Complex, behind the
high school, and at Lincoln and Liberty Middle Schools.
Source of Funding
Funding for projects comes primarily from the local
business community, though the organization does accept