Parent Handbook: Fundraising

Fundraising is essential to ensuring the long term financial health of our school. In an effort to keep tuition affordable for families seeking a quality preschool education, we run an annual budget gap that averages $15,000.00. Without contributions from families, alumni, local business, etc., we cannot bridge this gap.

Each family is responsible for providing $350 net in fundraising. A postdated check in the amount of $350, dated for the last day of class, will be collected at orientation. Fundraising will be tracked per family according to the net contribution to the school (e.g., 100% for Trike-a-thon, 50% for wreath sale). If a family fulfills or exceeds the $350 commitment over the course of the year’s fundraisers, the check will be returned to the family at the end of the school year. If a family does not meet the $350 commitment, NTCP will send an invoice for the remaining amount due upon receipt. When the invoice is paid, the initial check will be returned to the family. *A family who joins the school after orientation will be responsible for a fundraising commitment that is prorated according to the length of time remaining in the school year, payable with a postdated check upon registration.* The Preschool will hold multiple fundraisers to count toward each family’s fundraising goal this year: a holiday wreath sale, a Trike-A-Thon, a Brown Bear car wash ticket sale, and potentially others.

This year, in addition to the $350 annual fundraising requirement for each family that covers normal operating costs, we will have a special event to help pay for the additional expenses that come with our move to the Hoyt Building and helping our new teacher build her classroom. This will be an adults-only game night. Each family is expected to sell two tickets at $25 each and is encouraged to procure an item to be awarded as a prize to a game night winner.

Many employers offer matching gift programs that make your donation even more impactful. If your employer has a matching program, please inquire about the steps necessary to designate the North Tacoma Cooperative Preschool as a recipient. Your tax-deductible gift to the school will help us to do a variety of things, such as improve facilities, purchase school supplies, replace toys and equipment, take field trips, and retain our wonderful teacher. If you would like to participate in or sponsor any of these events, please contact our Fundraising Chair.

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