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Getting Started on Fundraising Now?

Original post made by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Mar 3, 2011

I am a supporter of donating money for education and prefer to donate directly rather than through a fundraiser company because 100% of my donation can be utilized by the schools. Since the last parcel tax try, there have been two direct donation fundraising campaigns to support Pleasanton schools during the ongoing budget cuts: ILPS (I Love Pleasanton Schools) and CORE (Community OutReach for Education).

ILPS was started after Measure G failed and was run mostly over the summer when families are on vacation and not thinking about the schools. It raised quite a bit, but failed to meet its target and I believe this failure to be attributable to the time of the year it was run. The CORE campaign sought to fund hours that were cut for Tech and Library and other support staff. CORE is now ended. Both campaigns were conducted with the knowledge that there was no extra revenue coming from a parcel tax and that the schools community needed to raise funds in order to restore what was cut.

This time, we know ahead of time that even if the parcel tax passes, there will still be cuts because the amount will not cover all the cuts. Perhaps it is time to start thinking about getting the next donation drive started, before the results from Measure E are known after May 3rd. To wait means to take the risk that there will be a repeat of ILPS with fundraising over the summer while families are gone. Getting started now means a new donation drive could capitalize on the attention brought to the issue from the Measure E campaign.

Please consider it.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I made a donation to Hart Middle School at the start of the school year and applied for my company's donation matching. A donation confirmation notice was sent to Hart but they never bothered to return the confirmation so the matching got canceled. I guess they really don't need that money so I won't bother donating anymore.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

When my kids were at Foothill, I asked their teachers and administration what they needed for classroom funding. Then I donated directly to the classroom teachers by way of items or money for specific items.

This way my money went for my kids classroom needs, not for activities that my kids were not participating in. Other parents set up special activities that we paid for directly through donations for this activity. My kids went on field trips!! I loved it this way!

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Posted by To Jerry
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

I would hope you would donate again and not allow one bad situation to cloud your judgement. I cannot even tell you how crazy it is in the office at all of the schools. The cuts in staff are really hurting, even if others will tell you differently (and I bet they don't work in the office).

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Donor's choose is another good option to help fund specific projects in schools
Web Link

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Posted by churchill
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I only donate to causes that affect my kids, and try not to bother with those other kids. I gave in the past, but then I heard about union corruption, so I'll not be giving any more,I can assure you.

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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

In many districts PTAs suggest large donations ($5,000 in San Mateo, $1,000 in Palo Alto) from their parents. Pleasanton has always been very shy in asking parents to step up, not wanting to offend anyone for whom this is a hardship. Face it, those who can't or won't write a check won't donate regardless of whether you are asking for $75 or $500. The same 30% will donate, regardless of how much you ask for! How about asking for $500? If even 30% of the parents gave this amount, we could cover a lot of the shortfalls in the individual school budgets.

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Posted by P.S.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm

... And I forgot to mention. People should NOT donate to schools. The money will most likely be misused, just like the union thugs will gobble up the Measure E parcel tax. If you want to starve the beast, best not to donate any money at all. There is a financial crisis and your donations will only encourage teachers. Our chidren's education is on the line. Vote No on E.

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Posted by optimistic mom
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

I think CORE is about to gear up again. I encourage those interested to get in touch with PPIE -- Web Link

Now is the time to speak up about what you think should be the specific purposes of the fundraising campaign.

Direct donation to a school is also a valuable way to support programs you feel are valuable.

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Posted by MARIE
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Please feel free to write a check or donate items to the school of your choice. The district does not need to "ask" for a donation for you to give. Talk to the classroom teachers, the library staff, the office staff, and ask them what they need. You can then contribute appropriately if you do not want to write a check. The students will benefit from every donation.

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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Mar 6, 2011 at 1:41 am

Yes, good post Stacey! Donate of your own free will. But don't waste another dime of our city tax dollars to paid strategists, pollsters, biased surveys, fear tactics (same that have been used for the last 30 years in California)and vote by mail only scams and force me to pay over and over through Parcel taxes regardless of the $$$ dollar amount.

Pleasanton has wasted so much money already on Measure G now E, and all the unsuccessful parcel taxes PUSD has tried to pass in the past that it could have been outright DONATED to the PUSD directly!

Also, Pleasanton has a huge parcel tax that we are paying that most people don't even know about!

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Posted by Joyce Senechal
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Thank you to all those who do donate to our schools. Every little bit helps and is used to establish a superior environment for our Pleasanton Students. I have three students in the district and have always contributed to the school directly and to their classrooms. You can always donate money, supplies and even your time. Escrip and Grocery Store programs are also another great way to support your schools, it is free money! All you need to do is sign up at your neighborhood store and a percentage of what you spend is given directly to the school/schools of your choice. You do not need to have a student to participate!

Please remember as this school year winds down you will be approached by your schools to give again for the next school year. Your PFA's PTA's, CORE/PPIE, PPSE, Sports, Clubs and individual classrooms, will all once again be in need. Consider where you can give and what you can give to support our schools. Let us also not forget those in our community who do not have students in any of our schools, reminding them that they benefit too by supporting education is extremely important.

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Posted by Just the facts
a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Kelly -
You are wrong that Pleasanton already has a parcel tax! We have a bond that can only be used for facility improvements. None of the money can be put toward the classrooms. Do your research before you make another completely false statement!

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Posted by to just the facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2011 at 1:50 am

Can you let me know what facility improvements I am paying for? We just moved here and it's a huge addition to my tax bill - am I paying for anything going forwards? What improvements can we expect for our little kids now?

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