About the Bismarck Public Schools Foundation

The Bismarck Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) was established in 1989 by the Bismarck School Board. The Bismarck School Board created a board of directors for the foundation to generate funds and other gifts for the school district. In 2003 the BPSF obtained its 501 (c)(3) status as a tax exempt organization. Donors may deduct contributions to the BPSF as provided in section 170 of the tax code. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers and gifts to the BPSF for its use are deductible for federal, estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the provisions of the tax code.

  The Mission of the BPS Foundation is to:

Enhance the mission of the Bismarck Public Schools by providing services and recognition to staff and students that are not normally available through the funding of the Bismarck Public Schools budget.

Executive Director: Kayla Effertz Kleven

Kayla Effertz Kleven comes to the BPSF with over six years of experience working as a senior policy advisor for Governor Hoeven and Governor Dalrymple. Her primary portfolio has included education, agriculture and tax issues. She also is co-owner of Olson Effertz Lobbying & Consulting, LLC.

Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Effertz Kleven was the Youth Office Manager for the North Dakota Department of Commerce working to promote North Dakota careers to students and creating internship programs. She has bachelor degrees from the University of North Dakota in marketing and communication, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership. Kayla is married to Craig Kleven and has two great step-children in the Bismarck Public Schools.   More information about Effertz Kleven can be found at www.linkedin.com/in/kaylaeffertzkleven.

Board Members

There are 15-20 Board Members. There are three officers (president, vice-president and treasurer), 9-14 members, and three ex-officio members (the School Board President, the School Superintendent and the Foundation Secretary). They are selected by a three-person committee composed of: the President of the Bismarck Public School Board, the Superintendent of the Bismarck School District and the President of the Bismarck Public Schools Foundation.

Each member shall serve a three-year term. A member may serve three consecutive terms. Officers are elected by the Foundation Board of Directors from its membership. Meetings are held regularly throughout the year.

Duties of the Advisory Board are:

  • To serve as directors for the Bismarck Public School Foundation re: the generation and use of BPS Foundation funds and gifts.
  • To seek funds and other gifts to strengthen educational programs and services for Bismarck Public Schools.
  • To develop by-laws, policies, and procedures which will encourage and enhance contributions to the BPS Foundation.


If you are interested in becoming a board member or assisting the foundation in any way, contact us.

2016-17 BPSF Advisory Board

Jason Millner, President
Stifel Financial

Wes Engbrecht, Vice-President
Capital Electric Cooperative

Christopher Friez, Vice-President
North American Coal

Judy Masset, Vice President
Tour Director and Retired BPS Teacher

Mark Thompson
H.A. Thompson & Sons

Emily Johnson
KLJ Solutions

Tiffany Vinje
Vinje Law Firm

Steve Marquardt
Titan Machinery

Rudy Steidl
Retired BPS Administrator

Mary Miller
Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Jane Jesperson
Community Volunteer

Sydney Trottier
CHS Student Representative

Sarah Vadnais
BHS Student Representative

Karl Lembke
Bismarck School Board

Tamara Uselman
Superintendent, Bismarck Public Schools

Kayla Effertz Kleven
Foundation Executive Director

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