Think of a child standing outside a school’s music room, looking through the small window in the door, watching all of the other kids inside and wishing they too could participate. If only…   Too many children don’t have the means in their homes to be able to afford even the simplest necessities for participating in their school’s music programs.

Our Vision:

One day, all school age children in the Fort Collins Colorado area will have equal access to a quality music education, and the music programs at their schools, or non-profit organizations, will be thriving learning and cultural performance centers. (Video)

Our Mission:

Founded on April 1, 2009, the goal of “The Kayla Foundation” is to provide support to:

  • Poudre School District students, with financial needs, helping them more fully participate in their school’s music programs.
  • Poudre School District schools by helping to directly enhance their music programs.
  • Larimer County non-profit organizations that focus on the needs of children and young adults with providing musical opportunities for their clients.

Grant funding is made through grants to individual schools, or other non-profits, for the purpose of supporting their students / clients and their particular needs. Examples of funding needs are:

For Lower Income Family / Special Needs Students:

  • The purchase or rental of uniforms or performance attire.
  • Basic musical supplies / maintenance (e.g. sheet music / folders, reeds, replacement strings etc.)
  • Large instrument rental fees or the purchase of small instruments and accessories.
  • Fees for music retreats, field trips and special opportunity events.
  • Music therapy programs.
  • Travel expenses to participate in very special musical events (e.g. Carnegie Hall or similar performances).


For All Students:

  • Purchase of music teaching tools, subscriptions, software*, recording media and hardware for the classroom.
  • The purchase of sheet music and protective folders.
  • The purchase or repair of instruments, cases, stands and tuners for the classroom.
  • The purchase of sound system equipment for the school / non-profit.
  • Costumes, props, music and sets for school musical productions.
  • The sponsorship of visiting teaching or performing professionals, and accompanists.
  • Fees associated with musical events benefiting all music student / clients.

*Note that all software must be approved by the site or school IT Department.

We DO NOT Provide Funding for:

  • Teacher training
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Lighting equipment
  • Videography equipment
  • Travel or entrance fees to non-musical events
  • Lodging or food related expenses to musical events. If these funds are needed we recommend you contact Stacy Poncelow at poncelow@psdschools.org for more information.




Related Links:

Twelve Benefits of Music Education

How Music Benefits Children

Fort Collins Musical Zoo

Fort Collins Music District Studio

The Logo…

The Kayla Foundation logo uses her actual signature as its centerpiece. Her signature was copied from the last birthday card she would ever give to her mom, which was just 2 weeks before her death. Her signature is uplifted in the title line representing how she lifted up the lives of others while she was on earth and how her memory continues to lift spirits today. The heart shown was a heart that Kayla always used when signing her name. This particular one was taken from a CD she had made for her sister.

The Kayla Foundation LogoThe Kayla Foundation is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, a 501c3 organization.

To download a copy of our brochure click here.

 For further information please contact us at info@thekaylafoundation.org.