An advocate of educational excellence

We secure funds and other resources to build a better future for the children of our district. As an active partner, we support the McCall-Donnelly schools in “educating students for life”.

COVID-19 Grant Applications

We are now accepting applications for grants for special programs designed to support th education of Kindergarten through 12th grade during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are being accepted on a continuous basis with no end date at this time.

Idaho consistently ranks as one of the lowest in per capita spending for public education.

mdef aims to help bridge that gap by providing educational grant funding to local educators

to date, mdef has awarded


Our Vision

Our vision is an engaged community committed to helping children reach their highest potential through innovative educational experiences.

Our Mission

To accomplish our vision, the McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation serves as an advocate and catalyst for educational excellence. We secure and provide funding, and engage and mobilize our existing community assets to enhance learning opportunities for children.

Our History

MDEF, a nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation, was established in 2006 by a committed and concerned group of citizens, who cared about our children, to address the increasing shortfall in public funds available to maintain the margin of excellence essential for our students to succeed and excel in our global society. Since its inception we have donated more than $500,000 to the McCall-Donnelly School District and area non-profits. As a result of our fundraising efforts, the school district and educational organizations in our area have been able to fund critical programs and materials in our local schools.



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MDEF is accepting applications for grants for special programs designed to support the education of Kindergarten through 12th grade McCall-Donnelly School District (MDSD) children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

grant application eligibility

To be considered, projects must be specifically necessary as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts it has had on education for K-12 MDSD children.   Selected projects will provide educational benefits and address educational shortcomings resulting from the atypical school environment the pandemic has caused (i.e. distance learning, social distancing, limited time in classroom settings or other impacts).  Proposals should be for no less than $2000 or greater than $20,000.  Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis, and there currently is no end date for applications.


Children’s Theater

The McCall Arts & Humanities Council’s  Children’s Theater program will offer two 6-week after school theater workshops for students in grades 4 through 8, twice weekly 3:15 to 5:15—one in the fall, and one in the spring. Students will receive experiential education in acting, improvisation, verbal and non-verbal communication, and teamwork. Workshops will be supplemented by auditions and a full 8-week theatrical production culminating in 6 performances during the winter. This program will also serve to pull together students, educators, parents and community organizations. Overall, 60 students will be directly involved and up to 300 participants indirectly impacted by performances throughout the district.


P.O. Box 3048
McCall, Idaho 83638