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Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) seeks to engage in public and private partnerships that help the organization fulfill its mission and advance its vision.

Support from appropriate partners contributes to the financial health of the organization so that it may continue its activities to ensure the success of each of its initiatives and also provides awareness building for the organization and its programs, projects and ventures.

PDK has adopted the following guidelines for all corporate funding and sponsorships:

  • Sponsorships and all corporate-supported events or programs must conform to PDK’s mission and organizational priorities as outlined in PDK’s Strategic Plan.
  • Corporate sponsor’s products and services must be compatible with and complement PDK’s mission and values.
  • To prevent potential conflicts of interest and guard against any perception of conflicts of interest, PDK will not offer category exclusivity to companies whose products and services are endemic to PDK’s endeavors; this determination will be made by PDK.
  • PDK will refrain from associating with companies that have the potential to damage PDK’s image because of the nature of the companies’ products, services, or reputation.
  • PDK will not engage in sponsorships from companies in business areas deemed inappropriate for use by children, e.g. tobacco, alcohol, etc.
  • PDK will retain ownership and total control of all PDK events, programs, initiatives, awards, and communication vehicles. The policies, programs, and integrity of PDK must remain entirely unaffected by any sponsorship.
  • PDK will retain total control over its marks/logos and their use by corporate sponsors.
  • PDK/ (Kappan Magazine) will have total editorial control over all sponsor-related communications to PDK members and the general public.

The Next Generation of Teachers Fund – Help PDK identify and attract the next generation of great teachers. Educators Rising, solely sponsored by PDK International, is transforming how America develops aspiring teachers. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. Your donations directly support programming and curricular resources used by teacher leaders and students.

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Putting the Public Voice Back in to Public Schools – PDK/Gallup Poll – Too often in national education conversations, the voices of everyday Americans — the public in public schools — are drowned out. For more than 40 years, the influential PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools has put Americans’ voices front and center. With your help, we can expand the scope and influence of the 2015 PDK/Gallup poll. We can dig deeper into the issues and deliver more insight on Americans’ values and preferences.

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Undesignated Gifts – By not designating your gift, you give the PDK Educational Foundation Board of Governors maximum flexibility to direct your generous contribution to the area of greatest need.

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PDK & PLT Endowed Scholarships – the PDK educational foundation manages over 70 endowed scholarships supporting young men and women on their path to becoming exceptional teachers. You can view a listing of the scholarships and you can donate to any one of them by calling PDK international at (800) 766-1156.

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Whether you are a teacher or an administrator, PDK provides opportunities and information for educational leaders at all stages of their careers working in diverse locations. Travel, publications, awards, and scholarships make PDK a valuable membership for all educators to have.