FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES THE FOUNDATION DO?
The Foundation of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns is an independent, parent-led organization. Since 1993 our mission has been to support and enhance academics, the arts, athletics, and technology in our schools.
We do this by raising money through our annual appeal and various fundraising events throughout the year, and then funding grants throughout our schools that are compatible with our mission.
DO ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE A FOUNDATION?
Although Tarrytown was one of the first school districts in Westchester to start a Foundation, many other districts now raise money this way as well, including Irvington, Croton, Chappaqua, Byram Hills and Scarsdale.In fact, the educational foundations of Westchester and Putnam get together at roundtable meetings twice a year to share ideas.
ARE YOU THE SAME AS THE P.T.A.?
The P.T.A., a national organization, and the Foundation share a common goal - the betterment of our children's education. However, we each have a separate focus and are governed differently with respect to raising and spending money. The Foundation's goal is to raise the funds needed to provide our students with the most competitive and exemplary education possible.
HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU RAISE?
Since the Foundation was started in 1993, 23 years ago, we have raised more than 10 million dollars for our students! Our main fundraising events each year are: our Annual Appeal, Spring Benefit and the Horseman Color Run.
WHEN I MAKE A DONATION TO THE FOUNDATION, IS IT TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes, the Foundation does have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
When you make a donation to our annual appeal, 100 percent of that donation is tax deductible.
HOW IS THE FOUNDATION GOVERNED?
The Foundation is an independent, self-governing organization. Our board is made up of parents, teachers and a representative from the Board of Education. The Superintendent also attends meetings as a non-voting advisor.
Parents who are not members of the board may volunteer to help on one of our committees, such as the Arts, the Color Run or Benefit Auction Committees.
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HOW DO YOU DECIDE HOW TO SPEND THE MONEY?
The Foundation funds grants in every academic area and to every grade. We consider each grant carefully and thoughtfully to ensure it is consistent with our mission and the goals of the school district.
Our funds are currently allocated in several ways:
- Arts: funding for the Elementary, Middle and High School.
- Grants: Creativity Grants and Instagrants support innovative and creative programs
- Needs Assessment: looks to address school and district wide needs
I PAY TAXES - WHY SHOULD I DONATE?
We sometimes get this question, and it certainly is a fair one. We all pay high taxes, especially living in Westchester County. The truth is, however, most public school budgets can not afford to fund those extra and enriching programs that may have an indelible impression on a young person. Whether it is theater arts, field trips, or new technology, the Foundation provides those “extras” that even a (high) tax base cannot afford.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION?
An individual, family or business may support the Foundation in many ways: by donating to our Annual Appeal, contributing auction items or sponsorships for our events such as the Spring Benefit, attending our events or volunteering to help with our fundraising efforts throughout the year.