The Clinton Central School District Foundation took root in the fall of 1990, when the Board of Education established a Revenue Task Force and charged it with investigating ways of generating money from sources other than local taxes to help fund education in the District.
Part of the committee's discussion focused on the possibility of starting a non-profit, independent foundation to raise funds for education through donations and other activities. Such a group, it was felt, would be modeled on the fundraising efforts that traditionally generate money for private higher education.
The school board's Task Force appointed a subcommittee to look into the possibilities. Because it was believed the support of the District's alumni would be crucial to this effort, the subcommittee - Doug Burrows, Dan Beigel and Dave Dupont - enlisted Annette Foley, president of the Alumni Association, as a fourth member. An attorney, Chris Fox, and an accountant, James Rishel, volunteered to help the foundation become incorporated and recognized as a not-for-profit corporation. Clinton's Foundation was patterned after that of a similar public school effort taken on in the West Irondequoit Central School District outside of Rochester.