The Answers You Need
WHAT IS THE LEWIS ELEMENTARY FOUNDATION (LEF)?
The Lewis Elementary Foundation is a parent-led local school foundation under the umbrella of All Hands Raised and the Portland Public Schools Foundation (PPSF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
WHY IS LEWIS STARTING A SCHOOL BASED FOUNDATION?
Lewis parents chose to start a foundation because of recent changes in school funding from Portland Public Schools. Because of the changes, Lewis is losing 3 Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) positions. This is a significant loss for our school and we would like to try and maintain the programs we currently have at the school, even with the loss of funding.
WHAT POSITIONS WERE IMPACTED BY THE LOSS OF FTE?
We lost 1.0 FTE classroom teacher, 1.0 FTE educational assistant, 0.5 FTE of an office staff position, and 0.5 FTE reading specialist.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LEWIS PTA AND THE LEWIS ELEMENTARY FOUNDATION?
The main difference is that PTAs cannot raise money for staffing. They do the important job of raising money for programs and items at school and to enhance the engagement of families with the Lewis community. This hard work will continue by the PTA. In contrast, the foundation will raise money that will ONLY be put towards staffing needs, in an effort to preserve teaching and support staff positions.
DOES THE LEF KEEP ALL THE MONEY RAISED?
The Lewis Foundation keeps the first $10,000 that it raises. Above $10,000 the Lewis Foundation will keep ⅔ of the money we raise and the remaining ⅓ will go to the PPS Foundation equity fund. The PPS Foundation distributes equity funds to PPS schools to support grants primarily intended to support lower income schools. All Hands Raised and the PPS Foundation do not keep any of the money raised by the Lewis Foundation.
HOW DOES THE LEWIS ELEMENTARY FOUNDATION PLAN TO RAISE MONEY?
The foundation will do a very limited number of fundraising activities; a direct ask, where we ask people to make one time or recurring donations and an auction in February. In the 2017-2018 school year parents put on an auction to benefit Lewis through the PTA and going forward the foundation will be responsible for the auction.
HOW DO I MAKE A DONATION?
You can make a donation anytime! Just go to: https://fundforpps.org/donate-index-impact and choose Donate Now. Under “Select Your School” choose Lewis.
Please be aware that many companies will match donations, doubling your gift. Be sure to check with your company to see if they match donations.
We understand that not everyone will be able to give money! We have lots of ways that parents and families can help, including providing auction items or connecting the foundation with businesses or other opportunities!
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