Parents in Portland Public Schools are doing amazing things! For over 17 years, the Portland Schools Foundation has engaged the community to meet the most urgent educational needs of our kids, by supporting the work of PPS Local Schools Foundations (LSFs), stewarding the funds raised by LSFs, and managing the PPS Equity Fund. This work will continue as our work expands as the managing partner of the Cradle to Career partnership in Portland and Multnomah County.
In 2011, PPS Local School Foundations raised a record $3 million. Parents, principals, teachers and staff, and others in the 39 school communities that raised these funds, should be thanked. These funds are especially critical for the 2012-13 school year as Portland Public Schools faces the proposed cuts in response to our state's current economic challenges.
The numbers for the 2012-13 PPS Equity Grants are staggering - more than $965,000 was awarded to 43 PPS schools, as well as five alternative programs. The PPS Equity Fund and Grants are based on an equity formula that takes into account key financial resources at schools, as well as the demographic profile of the schools. Once the equity formula is applied and a needs-based ranking emerges, the total amount of funds available is applied. This year the grants range from $20,000 to $30,000, with $12,000 grants for five alternative schools.
Since 1994, on the heels of Measure 5’s cuts to public education, PPS parents have created vibrant LSF's to raise funds to support teaching positions. Today that initiative has grown to 39 active local foundations. To date LSF's have raised roughly $27 million for PPS schools, of which roughly $8 million has been distributed through the PPS Equity Fund. This is amazing work that is also an incredible Portland story - having 1/3 of funds raised by local school foundation parent volunteers donated to the PPS Equity Fund.
Recent Article in Education Week entitled Parent, Community Groups Pressed to Fill K-12 Budget Gaps (with mention of Portland)
If you have any questions or if you are interested in setting up a foundation at your local school, please contact Samantha Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.234.5404, ext. 13.