Beverly Cleary School Foundation
The Beverly Cleary K-8 School Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of parents, teachers, and community members committed to improving education by funding enrichment beyond the Portland Public Schools district annual staffing allocation. Beverly Cleary School Foundation funds directly reach over 500 school families by allowing for reduced class sizes and lower student-teacher ratios, providing teaching assistants, and encouraging higher achievement across all grades from kindergarten through eighth grade. Foundation funds also positively impact the most vulnerable students in the PPS district, as a portion of all funds raised are distributed to high-need schools though the district equity fund.
How can I help support the Foundation?
The Foundation team is working on the fall and spring campaigns and will follow up with ways you can support BCS. Thank you!
Does all the money go to BCS?
No. The first $10,000 raised is set aside for BCS, then expenses are deducted. Per Portland Public School Board policy, 30 percent of the remainder is given to the district’s Equity Fund and redistributed to high-need schools using a data-driven formula. The remaining 2/3 is turned over to BCS on July 1 for use in the same calendar school year.
Who decides how the BCS portion will be spent?
The principal decides how best to apply Foundation funds.
Are contributions to the Foundation tax deductible?
Absolutely! The only exceptions are tickets to the Auction and the fair market value of goods purchased at the Auction. All contributions to the Fall and Spring Campaigns are fully tax deductible. And, all of your contributions of goods and services to the Auction are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Who sends tax receipts and operates online contributions?
Beginning in fall 2019, the Fund for Portland Public Schools has replaced All Hands Raised and will serve as the umbrella nonprofit for all local school foundations, including the BCS Foundation. Learn more here: The Fund for Portland Public Schools
How else can I help?
Here are a few ways people have supported the foundation in the past:
Donate Monthly With Automatic Withdrawals
Automatic monthly withdrawals are a stress-free way to donate directly to the Beverly Cleary School Foundation. Withdrawals are made monthly and may be stopped at any time. This is a great way to spread out donations over the course of the year. Be sure to designate Beverly Cleary School as the recipient school.
Donate Appreciated Stock
The Foundation will receive the full value of the stock donated, and you will avoid paying capital gains tax on any gain in the stock since you acquired it. If you would like further information on how to do this, please contact the Portland Schools Foundation stockbroker Shelly McFarland with RBC Wealth Management at 503.833.5212 or by email at email@example.com.
Sign Up for Matching Employer Donations
Many employers (including Intel, Nike, Standard Insurance, Tektronix and US Bancorp) will donate an amount that “matches” the amount donated by its employee. These donations can be made as a one-time gift or as an ongoing monthly donation. Generally, the employee needs to get a matching donation form from his or her company’s Human Resources Dept. The employee then submits his/her initial donation and form to the Beverly Cleary School Foundation. The Foundation will confirm the receipt of your donation and send the completed form to the employer. Submitting your donation for employer matching allows you to DOUBLE your positive effect on the Foundation; certainly that is worth a little paperwork.
How can I learn more about the Foundation?
Look for a board member on the playground or email firstname.lastname@example.org.