October 26th, 2011
By Dr. Mike Hendricks, Superintendent, Charter Oak Unified School District; Brian Akers, President, Governing School Board, Charter Oak Unified School District; and Alex Parslow, HMC Architects/School Advisors and CEO, COPE
We all know the effect great education programs can have on a student’s life. With the State of California experiencing a severe financial crisis, whether you are a parent, teacher, community member, or student, we have all felt the cuts.
Local support for funding school programs and facilities has never been more important. In response to this crisis, schools districts everywhere have formed educational foundations to raise the necessary dollars to fill public funding gaps. Just as it is common-place in university and private schools, public school districts have begun to realize they must invest in fundraising opportunities that will afford them the ability to provide high-quality, competitive schools in their communities. In fact, the California Consortium of Education Foundations (CCEF) reports that in 2009, there were more than 675 active local educational foundations in California contributing more than $230 million annually to address public education needs at the local level.