BEVERLY CLEARY SCHOOL FOUNDATION
The Beverly Cleary School Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization of parents, teachers, and community members committed to improving education by funding enrichment beyond the Portland Public Schools district’s 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?
- Make a one-time or recurring monthly donation on the BCS Foundation Give page.
- Ask your employer to match your contribution.
- Attend a Foundation-sponsored community event.
- Attend the spring auction - Friday, April 17 at the Melody Ballroom. Click here to learn more.
- Donate goods or services to or be a sponsor for the auction.
- Volunteer your time to help plan the auction or community event.
- Host a sign-up party.
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 with goals of maintaining reduced class sizes, educational support and enrichment for all BCS students. Decisions are based on benefiting as many students possible.
Over the 2018-19 school year, the BCS community raised nearly $140,000 through Foundation-related activities and supported:
- An additional teacher
- Library support staff to accommodate our two campus school
- $43,000 to the PPS Equity Fund
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
Tell me more about the Equity fund. How are dollars used?
Over 40 schools within PPS have foundations and contribute to the Equity Fund which is distributed to high need schools based on a data-driven formula. In 2018-2019, local school foundations raised over $1.2 million for the Equity Fund which was distributed across higher need schools in our district and covered expenses for staff, technology, training, student services and more. To learn more visit www.fundforpps.org.
Who is on the BCS Foundation team?
We are a parent-led volunteer team and looking for more volunteers. Are you looking for a way to get involved? Join our team!
Foundation Committee: Regan Preston, Marie Westom, Kecia Classen, Gina Amato Yazzolino
Treasurer: Tina Olsgaard
Procurement team: Andrea Alejandrino, Mara Stine, Karlyn Clark
Sponsorship team: JoLynn Holton, Maran Sheils, need 1-2 more!
Sign-Up Parties: Suzanne Malin
Classroom Art Projects: Looking for a volunteer!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the difference between the PTA and Foundation? Please click here