Have you checked out the Fundraising Thermometer in the front hallway across from the office? You might have noticed that we are less than 50% of our fundraising goals for this year! Please donate!
Did you know that the PTA has budgeted $200,000 for programs and expenses to benefit Madera? Programs like band, garden, field trips, classroom supplies, assemblies, and computer lab. Many of these items are at risk of being cut next year if we can’t reach our fundraising goal of $150,000 by the end of the year. So far, we have only brought in $76,000.
You might ask why there is a $50,000 difference between our goal and what we anticipate spending. Because Madera built up a great reserve over the years, we were able to afford to over-budget this year and spend down some of the reserve. But we can’t keep spending at the rate that we are earning. If so, we will deplete our reserve by the middle of next year.
You might also ask why we have such a big budget of expenses this year and how we could have gone through our reserve so quickly? It’s because the PTA has backfilled cuts in state and district funding. For example, we budgeted $15,000 for school supplies and copy paper this year and $9,500 for band. We didn’t have to pay for these items four years ago, but they are now ongoing expenses coming out of the PTA funds.
We’ve also funded extra educational enrichment programs like Math and Science Nights and our beautiful Garden. And although they are appreciated by everyone at Madera, it costs money to maintain these programs. The PTA has funded capital improvements like projectors for the classroom, and a new audio system for the MP room. And thousands of dollars goes towards playground equipment, balls, and games to keep our kids healthy and happy outside.
$200,000 might seem like an ambitious goal to achieve, but when you divide it by the number of students, and then by the months in the school year, it works out to be just $37 per kid each month—or a little over $1 per day. If you can donate every month to the PTA we’d be in far better shape! We need to raise the line on our fundraising thermometer, otherwise we will be forced to make tough decisions next year and cut programs.
Please contribute to the PTA. Contributing through PayPal on a recurring basis couldn’t be easier! And please mark your calendar to attend the Auction on April 28th, and the school Carnival on May 19th.
Please help us reach our goal. Donate today!
Madera PTA President