DID YOU KNOW
The Swanson Family Grant provides funding to all four district libraries annually?
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The board of the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation recognizes that the children and young adults attending our public schools thrive in an educational environment that promotes engaged learning and provides diverse opportunities to develop skills for self-expression and for navigating our 21st century world. We believe that vibrant educational programs are a vital part of each student's educational experience.
Our VISION is to provide the funds necessary for a complete education, enhancing the core curriculum while supporting programs in art, music, literature, science, math, language, and history.
The St. Helena Public Schools Foundation created the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation Endowment Trust (a supporting tax-exempt organization) in 1992 with generous contributions from concerned citizens. The SHPSF Endowment Trust is a permanent fund dedicated to providing significant annual distributions to the SHPSF for the purpose of making grants. The Endowment Trust maintains a value of more than $1,000,000. Tax-deductible contributions to the trust are professionally managed to earn a steady return that provides distributions to the SHPSF. Our goal is to grow the value of the Trust to at least $3,000,000 by 2020 in order to meet our funding demand of $100,000 in disbursable grant funds to the St. Helena Public Schools.
Investing in the Trust and increasing its holdings will ensure continued support for the kinds of programs and grants the Foundation has supported in the past, and that are critical to the continued vitality of our community and its next generation. Transformative projects, programs and field trips involving art, music, technology, science, literature and math would not have happened without Foundation funds.
In 2005 The Endowment Trust selected The Napa Valley Community Foundation as our fund managers. By choosing to work with this respected organization we hope to increase our exposure, as well as investment income, by being part of a larger investment pool focused solely on our Napa Valley.
The Foundation depends directly upon the generosity of its supporters to help ensure the prospects and vitality of future generations raised here in St. Helena.
Please join us and help grow our endowment by making a lasting gift to enhance education in our community. Gifting possibilities include Life Insurance, Life Income gifts, Bequests, Cash, Stocks and Bonds and Real Estate.
WHAT DOES THE SHPSF DO TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS?
The SHPSF seeks donations from community members through our Annual Appeal Letter once a year. In addition, we also have an email pledge drive that goes out to parents in all schools. Our website gives those interested in supporting our schools the option of making an online donation. The SHPSF also created and participates in Give BIG!, the annaul public school social fundraiser produced jointly with the Parent Groups of St. Helena's four public schools.
HOW DOES SHPSF PROVIDE FUNDING ?
The SHPSF provides funding for innovative projects, programs, field trips, and materials through our Fall, Spring, and Summer Grant Cycles. Previously funded grants have included author visits, science workshops, "being there" experiences (field trips), computers, books for district libraries, musical instruments, materials for Special Ed classrooms, and a variety of other much-needed enrichment materials. See our Grant Information page for a breakdown of innovative projects funded during recent school yearss. In addition to teacher requests, the SHPSF also provides funds for students to attend summer programs in the arts and academics, and for teachers to attend summer workshops in academic subject areas.
WHY IS SHPSF FUNDING CRUCIAL TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT?
The SHPSF helps fill the funding gap between what the state provides the district and what it costs to provide a well-rounded, high-quality education for students in our public schools. Funding innovation and enhancements elevates and improves the learning experience for students in our public schools. Our grants allow teachers to explore new teaching methods, access new classroom tools, expand student experiences, and continue their professional development.
It is apparent that SHPSF plays an integral part in preserving the academic excellence of the district. Without our funding, it would be extremely difficult to maintain the high standards and varied programs which the district administration, parents and students have valued for so long.
HOW IS SHPSF DIFFERENT FROM THE DISTRICT SCHOOLS' PARENT GROUPS?
The SHPSF is made up of volunteers from different segments of our community who have come together to achieve our stated mission: to assist motivated teachers and others working in our schools to continue having the means to implement their original ideas that enrich each and every classroom in our public schools. To help us do this, we actively seek donations from members of our community through our Annual Appeal Letter. collaborative social fundraiser Give BIG!, planned giving program, and other initiatives and campaigns.
The Parent Groups at the district schools also raise substantial funds for our schools, through their annual auction, PIE, Give BIG!, and other fundraising campaigns. The Parent Groups are made up of parents from each site, who work closely with administrators and teachers to fund a variety of different department and school-site needs based on administrator and teacher decisions about priorities. Each of the Parent Groups in the St. Helena Unified School District does things a little differently- based on the specfic needs of each school, but the goal of each of them is the goal we all share – ensuring academic success for our St. Helena Public School children.
WHY DO WE NEED ALL THESE GROUPS?
The SHPSF and the campus-specific Parent Groups work hard to provide a quality TK-12 education for all children. SHPSF Board Members attend PG meetings at each school to provide input and maintain good communication about funding goals.
The SHPSF’s focus is district-wide, providing funding for teacher idea, classroom or grade-level projects and materials that enrich the existing curriculum across the four school sites in the district.
Each Parent Group’s focus is to raise and spend funds each year on items specific to the campus it represents, and they often provide block funding to school departments. Both the SHPSF, through its Swanson Grant, and the PG's. provide funds to purchasmuch-needed library books for our four district libraries. Although their roles differ, both the SHPSF and the Parent Groups work together to fund critical programs our schools would otherwise lack.
IS THE FOUNDATION TAX EXEMPT?
The St. Helena Public Schools Foundation is a California non-profit, public benefit corporation. It is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Federal Tax ID number for the Foundation (EIN) is 94-2891817. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The St. Helena Public Schools Foundation employs nonprofit accounting and financial reporting best practices. In support of this commitment SHPSF contracts with an independent CPA to ensure transparency and maintain financial peer review. Further, SHPSF’s Compliance Committee, Executive Committee and Board of Directors review SHPSF financial reports on a monthly basis.