I would like to welcome all of the students and families to The Founders Academy. I hope that the year has started strong for all of our students! As we close the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year, this letter announces two exciting happenings: the kickoff for raising $50,000 toward the Annual Fund and obtaining 100% Founders’ families donation participation!
Goal 1: Raise $50,000 for the School’s Annual Fund
The Annual Fund was established to help bridge the gap between the school’s operational costs (i.e. heating, lease, salaries, etc.) and those funds paid by the state for each student that attends. The annual campaign runs from September 2016 to June 2017. Most public charter schools are only funded by about 70% of what is needed to operate the school. Therefore, Founders relies heavily on parent support and donations to meet its annual expenses. Your donation will allow our students to receive an exceptional education and assist with operating expenses.
Goal 2: Get 100% Founders’ Family Participation
This fall, the school welcomed an additional 100 students to the school! The growth that the school has made in three years is astounding. This continued growth can only be possible if all families of the Founders community pledge to support the Annual Fund. Last year, the school established The Founders Academy President’s Club, which is a pledge form outlining commitment levels. See attached. On average, most families pledged to support the school with a donation of $500.00. As a public charter school, it is important that the Annual Fund receive support by 100% of its families! This 100% commitment by all Founders’ families will open doors to the school and allow them to become qualified for various grants. This qualification will enable the school to reach otherwise, untapped resources and provide more opportunities to its students. We understand some families are not able to contribute the average but ask everyone to donate what they can.
Please consider supporting the Annual Fund this year to support the school in achieving its two goals. I will be in touch with the Founders community again, to provide an update on the campaign’s progress. Please contact me at email@example.com with any questions.
Parent, Board Member and Outreach Committee Chair