Frequently Asked Questions
What is the CHS Foundation?
The Cleveland High School Foundation is a parent-led, school-based organization committed to educational excellence at Cleveland. The Foundation is the only school organization that can raise money for staff, its sole objective. This funding enables teacher staffing above the level allocated by the school district, helping our students receive an enriched education that goes beyond the basics.
The funds raised each year by the Cleveland Foundation are used to maintain a rich array of core classes and elective offerings, and to keep class sizes reasonable, each and every school year.
Who determines how Foundation funds are allocated?
The Cleveland principal determines the best use of Foundation funds, after consulting with teachers, the Foundation Board, parents, staff, and others.
What has the Foundation funded?
Since 2003, the Cleveland Foundation has funded over ten teaching and counseling positions. Foundation funding has also brought teachers from part to full-time, enabling them to stay at Cleveland, grow their teaching offerings, and take on new responsibilities, such as coaching a sport or advising a club. For example, the Foundation has funded new positions or increased teaching time in foreign language, health, social studies, counseling, International Baccalaureate courses, language arts, business, choir, and science. Foundation funding enabled Cleveland to add a Stagecraft class to the Drama Department, and allowed a Culinary Arts class to be added to the Cleveland curriculum in 2014-15. Funding for core positions also enabled Cleveland to keep its Freshmen Academy structure.
As new Principal Ayesha Freeman states: "Support from the Foundation has been instrumental in keeping strong staff and programs intact at CHS. I also allows us to add new programs that help our students discover their career passion."
How much does the Foundation seek to raise?
The Foundation’s goal is to raise $100,000+ during the 2017-18 school year. Every donation gets us closer to our goal and will make a real difference for our students.
What's the relationship between the CHS Foundation and the Portland Schools Foundation? In 1994, responding to parent concerns about public education funding in the wake of the passage of Measure 5, the Portland School Board passed a resolution authorizing each Portland public school to create a school-based “local” foundation, under the general umbrella of a district-wide Portland Schools Foundation (PSF). Today there are about 42 local school foundations. Roughly half of Portland’s public schools have a foundation, though their ability to raise money varies widely. The PSF, in turn, operates as a program as part of the non-profit All Hands Raised.
The PSF and each local school foundation operate independently of the PPS School Board. However, by PPS district policy, one-third of the money raised by each local foundation, after a base amount, goes to the PSF to benefit students throughout Portland Public Schools via an equity fund. All parent-raised funds benefit PPS students and schools. In 2014-15, the local school foundations provided a record $3.4 million to the PSF, which went to support, in whole or in part, 341 teachers and staff in PPS schools. PSF was also able to award nearly $900,000 in equity grants for the 2014-15 school year.
For more information on how the local school foundation fundraising has benefited all our children, watch the video “The Portland Public Schools Foundation: One District. All In.” The Cleveland Foundation Board has found that our community families and businesses are especially generous in their contributions to the Cleveland Foundation when they know that part of that donation will benefit all Portland public school children.
What’s the difference between the Foundation and other Cleveland parent organizations? The Foundation, the Booster Club, the PTA, and other parent groups all raise money for Cleveland, and all work to make Cleveland an outstanding school. The Foundation is the only school organization that can raise and contribute money for school staffing. Parents are asked to do different things throughout the year to support Cleveland: volunteer, support athletics and performances, contribute to the Foundation and PTA, and more. It all counts. We know that without strong support from the parent community, Cleveland would not be the terrific school it is.
How does the CHS Foundation raise money?
The Cleveland Foundation raises money in several different ways throughout the school year. We strive to offer every Cleveland family and community business an opportunity to donate at a level that is comfortable for them and in a way they prefer. Some people like to attend social events that are fundraisers, some would rather just write a check. Throughout the year, the Foundation solicits those who would like to become a “Cleveland Warrior” by donating at the level of $500 or more. We have a raffle for a vacation trip and a “paddle raiser” at the PTA’s annual auction. We send every family an end-of-the year donation appeal request. And, we usually host a fun and informal event for parents during the school year. The Foundation counts on the support of parents, community members, and businesses who give what they can.
How can I give to the Foundation?
You can make an online or check contribution. All donations are tax-deductible.
To make a donation via check, please make the check payable to "Cleveland High School Foundation" and mail to:
Cleveland High School Foundation
3400 SE 26th
Portland, OR 97202
Also, please ask your employer about matching grants. Many companies will donate an amount that “matches” an employee’s donation. This is a great way to double the impact of your contribution.
Is my donation tax deductible as a charitable donation?
Yes. The CHS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and our tax ID number is: 93-1163966. We will provide you with a letter acknowledging your tax deduction-eligible contribution.
How can I get involved?
Please contact Eric Weeks at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for other passionate parents and community members with new ideas.