The Gower Foundation for Excellence in Education strives to enrich the educational experience of all Gower students through opportunities that support their education and social-emotional growth at school and in the community. 

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About The Gower Foundation

The Gower Foundation is a non-profit, independent, tax-exempt corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. It is qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization to receive tax-deductible donations. The Foundation seeks funds from private, business, and corporate sources to support unique learning experiences for students and teachers so that all Gower students are at their best!

The Goals of the Gower Foundation include:

  • Student Development: The Foundation will provide students and teachers with the resources for supplemental educational and enrichment activities that build upon the District’s curriculum beyond what is typically financed with tax dollars.

  • Staff Excellence: The Foundation will provide resources to support innovation and creativity among Gower educators through support of high quality staff development.

  • School/Community Collaboration: The Foundation will serve as a bridge between area residents, businesses, and District alumni to identify and channel resources to the service of Gower students.

Foundation Tax Information

The Gower Foundation is a 501(C)(3) organization

Tax Exemption ID: 36-3901099

Members of the Gower Foundation Board

Bob Jankowski: President

Carla Williams: Vice President

Hollie Hickey: Secretary

Angie Lilek: Treasurer

Ericka Polanco Webb: Trustee - Social Media and Marketing

Nagla Fetouh: Trustee - Communications

Gena Lupo: Trustee - Gala

Lampros Tzimas: Trustee - Development

Melissa Pitsoulakis: Trustee - Programming

Laura Benning: Teacher Trustee - Gower West

Kelsey Ward: Teacher Trustee - Gower Middle


2019 - 2020 Parent Speaker Series

The Foundation's goal is to host Gower experts on topics that are relevant and important to us, as parents, as we think about raising children who are prepared for the 21st Century. Visit our Speaker Series tab for more info on this year's lineup.

2019-2020 Parent Book Club

Visit the Parent Book Club tab for more information on the Gower book club gatherings led by our very own Gower parent and award-winning librarian, Janine Asmus. Stay tuned for information about exciting changes coming next year!

Student Enrichment Opportunities



Foundation-Sponsored Events

The Gower Foundation is also excited to be launching a series of after school enrichment programs that we hope to continue to grow. Visit our events page for more information. We always welcome new ideas from parents and students and are working with Gower Middle to bring some interesting new opportunities for middle school students.

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7700 Clarendon Hills Rd
Willowbrook, IL 60527


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