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Help us build a better tomorrow...TODAY!

Our children are the future. If we fail them today, we can expect that their "tomorrow," as well as that of our nation, will be something tremendously less than what we all hope for. If we take pride in our children and help them realize their potential, then we can all be assured of a bright future.   

Your contribution to the TIE Foundation can help us achieve our goals and begin to make a difference for our children. Your donation is tax deductible, as the TIE Foundation is a non-profit 501(3)(c) with ID#86-0670224 and United Way #1274. If you are an individual or an organization and would like to make a secure online donation to the TIE Foundation through PayPal, please click on the "Donate" button below:

Our Mission

Tempe Impacts Education's caring volunteers collaborate with community groups to foster excellence in our Tempe Elementary School District students, families and educators by securing resources to empower them to successfully accomplish their goals.

Make a difference in the lives of our children

With your help, the TIE Foundation can target these areas: 

  • Connecting With Kids - A service center providing for children in need of:
    • medical services
    • dental services
    • hygiene items
    • school supplies
    • eye care
    • clothing
    • backpacks
  • Beans and Rice Program - Approximately 31,000 lbs of beans and rice are distributed each year to more than 1,800 families. 
  • Scholarships and Transportation - for students to attend summer enrichment school
  • Musical Instruments - for students so they can participate in band and orchestra
  • Awards - for student and employee recognition
  • Scholarships for Classified Staff and Certified Teachers - to obtain certificates in areas of critical need
  • Hands-on Materials - for science and math classes

Annual Golf Tournament

TIE Foundation golf tournament will be returning Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Arizona Grand Resort. 

Save the Date for TIE Golf Tournament February 21, 2019 12 p.m. at Arizona Grand Resort

52nd Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day

The TIE/Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast was held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Tempe Academy of International Studies McKemy Campus Cafeteria. Together, all schools collected $1,827, combined with $900 total door sales for a grand total of $2,727. Approximately 909 people were served, plus an additional 300 free meals were given to all of the volunteers and music students who serenaded attendees with holiday tunes. Thank you to those who came and supported our students!


The 2019 TIE Foundation Spracale Education Awards Dinner

TIE Presents Run for the Roses, for Tempe Elementary Kids at the Spracale Education Awards Dinner - Save the Date Saturday, May 4, 2019 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Double Tree by Hilton 2100 S. Priest Dr., Tempe 

Thank you to all our sponsors, our supporters, and those who attended the 2018 event and helped to make it a huge success and our best to date!

To become a sponsor at the 2019 TIE Dinner, please select a sponsorship level below. 

Download Sponsorship Tiers and Benefits Flyer

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Sponsorship Tiers:

If you have questions, please contact Paul Gutierrez at (480) 730-7101 or paul.gutierrez@tempeschools.org.

TIE Dinner 2018 Photo Slideshow: 


Looking for more TIE Dinner 2018 Photos? 

The following link is an online album where anyone can view, download, and print photos from the 2018 TIE Dinner https://goo.gl/9RvS8k. Did you also get a chance to stop by our photo booth at this year's TIE Dinner? You can find and download your photos by clicking this link -bit.ly/TIEDinner18.


The Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award

The Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award is given annually to recognize an employee of the district who has made or is making a significant contribution to education in the Tempe Elementary School District for a minimum of 10 years. (Current TIE Foundation Board members are not eligible for the Award.) 

Congratulations to Amy Garza, Graphic Design Specialist - Strategic Partnerships and Innovation & Community Affairs and Marketing, the 2018 recipient of the Joseph P. Spracale Commitment to Education Award!

 Amy is a dedicated and compassionate employee who puts her heart and soul into everything she does. It’s easy to see when Amy is working with students and teachers how passionate she is about her job. With an endless toolbox of words, photos and designs, Amy’s creativity is always pushing new boundaries. Her finished work continually shines a bright spotlight on the successes of TD3 students, employees and schools. Selfless and humble, Amy is always putting others before herself. As one of her colleagues notes: “Amy is one of those unique people who cares so much about everything around her.” 


The Ralph & Carla Lingerfelt Commitment to Community Award

The Lingerfelt award is given to an organization or individual who has made a major contribution to the community with a heavy emphasis affecting the boys and girls in our schools and the community. Ralph was a teacher and principal in Tempe Elementary district for over 35 years. Carla traveled the same path both as a teacher and then a principal. Both continued to support the boys and girls in the district well after their retirement.

Congratulations to Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Kiwanis Club of Tempe - Nuevo, and Kiwanis Club of Tempe - Sunrise, the 2018 recipient of the Ralph & Carla Lingerfelt Commitment to Community Award!

There’s never a moment that Kiwanis clubs in Tempe are not involved in some way with changing the world for TD3 families and making the world better for students. From raising money to helping support weekend food programs to delivering beans and rice to TD3 families around the holidays to volunteering time to read to TD3 students (along with many, many other giving activities), Kiwanis members do what they do out of service to others — a never-ending desire to give back to their Tempe community. These clubs provide unparalleled relationships with TD3 students, families and employees. In the words of TD3 Superintendent Christine Busch, “I can’t imagine our life in Tempe Elementary without their involvement.” 

Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Scholarships

Twice a year the Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Foundation awards scholarships to Certified and Classified employees. Please see the Tempe Impacts Education (TIE) Scholarships page for more information.


President & Executive Director – Joseph Spracale
Vice-President – Sharon Doyle
Vice-President – Walt West
Co-Treasurers – Debra Hunter, CPA & Dr. Dale Despain, Ph.D.
Secretary – Paul Gutierrez

Kim Bauman
Christine Busch
Tom Canasi
Bobbie Cassano
Brittany Franklin
Doug Honaker
Ralph Lingerfelt
Loretta Meador
Mark Mitchell (Ex Officio)
Adrianne Rexius
Lisa Roach
Evan Rogers
Kathy Stevens
Brad Whitley

3205 S. Rural Road • Tempe, AZ 85282 • (480) 940-0958

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