Fundraising At Marin School
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There are several fundraising groups and all do great work.
What are the fundraising organizations that contribute to Albany Elementary Schools?
- Marin Parent Teacher Association (Marin PTA)
- Enrichment Funding (For all schools, a joint effort of all Albany Elementary PTAs)
- Albany Education Foundation (AEF)
- Albany Music Fund (AMF)
The Marin PTA brings together parents, teachers, students and staff to build community. In addition, they fundraise to support important school efforts. The PTA provides additional funding beyond what the district provides for technology, noontime yard coaches, library support, classroom supplies and playground equipment. The PTA is wholly responsible for school assemblies, parent education forums, the garden program, Family Math & Science Day, and a host of community-building events. See Programs .
$25 Membership dues
Movie Nights throughout the year
Oct - Book Fair
Winter - Hundrathon
Spring - Moonlight Auction
Enrichment Funding-- funds enrichment classes. These are subjects taught by specialists during the school day and include art, music, chess, and poetry. Each elementary school's PTA leads their Enrichment Funding campaign, but donations are passed along to the district. Funds are allocated based on the number of students at each elementary. Teachers and principals work together to determine the programs. The goal is $60,000 district-wide.
$75 per student is requested
Campaign is in Aug. - Sept.
Enrichment classes occur in Winter/Spring
SchoolCare-- funds specific, salaried teaching positions at all Albany schools. The school district counts on SchoolCare to fund staff each year and decisions about what to fund are made by surveying parents and teachers as well as by working closely with the district. SchoolCare is the district's largest benefactor, raising nearly $261,000 in the 2014-2015 school year. They also ask the most.
$500 per student is requested
Donations accepted year-round, online or in any school office
They also have a super easy automatic monthly contribution option
Main fundraiser is a spring telethon
Albany Education Foundation (AEF)--directly supports teachers through a grant-writing program. Teachers submit small grant requests for equipment, field trips, etc. AEF writes checks directly to teachers for the winning proposals.
Main fundraiser is the Chocolate and Champagne Gala in February
Albany Music Fund (AMF)--supports music education primarily in the middle school and high school by providing and maintaining instruments. They have strongly lobbied the district for elementary music education and promote music education throughout the district.
They fundraise at band and choir events and with a letter campaign in the fall
Why are there different fundraising organizations?
The fundraising organizations allow people with a passion for public education to support their areas of choice. Most professional fundraising experts agree that the way to maximize donations is to ask often, ask for different purposes, and ask in different ways (auctions, raffles, walk-a-thons, etc.).
Can I just write one check?
Not at this time. Give what moves you, what you want for your children. You can set up automatic monthly recurring donations with most of these organizations for predictable budgeting. Or, you can make multiple donations throughout the year, triggered by events and campaigns. The fundraising events put on by each PTA and fundraising group fuel our social web and improve our community.