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With the establishment of the SCASD Education Foundation last fall, we recognize that many of you have questions about our purpose, our mission, and our plan to enhance the educational experience for all students in our district. We’ve been hearing questions such as “Aren’t my taxes enough?” “How will my student benefit?” and “What if I don’t have a student in the district?”

What is the SCASD Education Foundation?
The State College Area School District Education Foundation exists to enhance the educational experience of the 7,000 students enrolled in our district—providing every student with the tools, resources, opportunities, and programming they need to succeed in the classroom, during their critical years of development, and in life after graduation. By raising voluntary donations that fall outside funding generated through the tax base for annual operating expenses, the Education Foundation provides financial support for innovative learning opportunities, including co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for all students, and supports development costs for new curricular programs to provide teachers and students with up-to-date tools, resources, and course material.

Why do we need a Foundation?
Year after year, the district faces insufficient budgets provided by the state government. While state budget cuts have forced many school districts to downsize faculty, courses, and activities, the State College Area School District Education Foundation will help ensure that the district continues to thrive amid budget cuts. Funds raised by the Education Foundation will help preserve the critical resources that our students count on–quality faculty, advanced courses, numerous extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, and special electives and programs.

Aren’t my taxes enough?
Local school taxes make up just a fraction of the district’s annual budget, providing a revenue stream that enables the district to operate at average standards. The Education Foundation exists to supplement the district’s yearly tax base by encouraging voluntary donations to fund tools and resources that enhance educational opportunities for local students—sustaining the above-average reputation we’ve proudly claimed for generations.

How will my student benefit?
Donations will unequivocally impact all students in the district by sustaining high-quality faculty and staff, a growing number of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, and upgraded tools and resources available to students both in and out of the classroom. Teachers, administrators, and students have the opportunity to recommend and select areas of need, giving them a voice in shaping the educational experience.

I don’t have a student in the district. Why should I give?
A high-quality education system benefits the whole community. Strong schools attract new businesses and residents, therefore strengthening the economy. Owning a home within our successful school district increases our property value. And the numerous service projects that SCASD students participate in further strengthen our entire community and nurture the value of giving back.

Where does my money go?
Gifts to the education foundation directly impact the 7,000 students in the 12 schools within our district through programs and projects. The foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We’re just getting started and recently launched our first project—a student-led project at the high school’s South building—but as our funding grows, we expect to support multiple projects annually.

Who decides where my donation goes?
Students, teachers, and administrators provide suggestions for projects or programs, and identify a budget. Foundation staff and volunteers will work together to prioritize those suggestions.

How can I give?
You can make a one-time donation anytime throughout the year at www.scasdfoundation.org or through one of our direct mail solicitations.

Are donations tax deductible?
Yes. The State College Area School District Education Foundation is registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Gifts to the Education Foundation are tax deductible up to the amount outlined by IRS regulations for charitable contributions.

Can I give stocks or leave a gift in my will?
Yes. For more information on stock transfers or planned giving, contact Paul Olivett at pgo11@scasd.org.

How can I get more information?
Visit www.scasdfoundation.org and sign up for our monthly eLetter containing the latest Education Foundation news and event updates.

Have additional questions? Contact Executive Director Paul Olivett at pgo11@scasd.org.