Our Founders

The KASD Education Foundation was the brainchild of then KASD Superintendent, Dr. Brenda Winkler, in the Fall of 2000.  She quickly gained the support of local businessman, DeLight E. Breidegam, Jr., and Attorney Robert P. Grim.  The Founders were all highly successful KAHS graduates.


DeLight E. Breidegam, Jr.

As a founding director, Mr. Breidegam, co-founder of East Penn Manufacturing, was committed to giving back to the community and making Kutztown a better place. Throughout his 14 years on the Foundation board, he set an example of generous giving and total commitment to providing opportunities for Kutztown students and their families.

Brenda Winkler of the Kutztown Education Foundation

Dr. Brenda Winkler

The foundation was formed as a result of Dr. Winkler’s “Kids come first” philosophy during her tenure as KASD Superintendent. Dr. Winkler continues to lead the foundation as its Executive Director with foresight and clarity through more than 15 years of growth.

robert grim esq

Robert P. Grim, Esq.

Attorney Grim provided all legal support required to create, document, and gain PA State approval of the KASD Education Foundation. He also guided the board through the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) entity. He has served as the Foundation’s solicitor for the Board and written individual trust agreements for scholarships.

A Brief History

In October, 2001, the Foundation obtained IRS tax exemption status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, thus making KASD Education Foundation tax exempt for donors.  In December, 2001, the Foundation obtained approval to solicit tax exempt funds from donors through the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

On May 6, 2002, the approval, rare at that time, was given by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for KASDEF to be in the listing of educational improvement organizations, which resulted in thousands of dollars in contributions from local businesses in lieu of their payment of Pennsylvania corporate income taxes.  (See EITC – Educational Improvement Tax Credit)

The KASD Alumni Association was merged into the KASD Education Foundation in June, 2006, which until this day, remains an all-volunteer group, comprised largely of alumni of Kutztown Area High School.  From its inception, with no assets, the Foundation now has under its management $1,100,000 in safely invested funds for scholarships and other educational programs benefiting the students, teachers, taxpayers and residents of Kutztown Area School District.


If you would like to request further information on how you can help enhance educational opportunities for our students, or if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please fill out the contact form below. A board member will respond to your request. Thank you!

  • KASD Education Foundation
    251 Long Lane
    Kutztown, PA 19530
  • Info@KASDEDFoundation.org
  • 610-683-7361 Ext. 5105