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FAQ's


Why a Giving Campaign?

  • In 2008, the PTO Board took a serious look at the previous fundraisers and came to the conclusion: ONE SINGLE fundraiser for the entire school year made more dollars and sense!  100% of the money goes to Highland – no start-up costs or vendors who take a cut.
  • Donations are tax-deductible thanks to our PTO non-profit organization status.
  • Fewer fundraisers allows teachers to focus on instruction time with students and parents to focus our time and energy on community-building, family-oriented events.

How much do we need to raise?

This year's Giving Campaign goal is $55,000. Due to careful reassessment of expenditures, we are pleased to be able to ask for the same amount of money per child this year. At $150 per child, it is less than $1 per school day to provide our enhanced programming.

Why is Highland PTO's budget higher than most other PTO's/PTA's in town?

Highland's budget tends to be higher than other school PTO budgets for 2 reasons:

  1. Highland teachers use the Scottish Storyline method, which requires more time and effort to create and implement. Nearly 70% of the budget supports Storyline-related activities.
  2. Highland does not receive Title I Funding that many schools receive. Title I is a federal program that provides financial assistance to local education agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. 

Where does the money go?

100% of the money goes directly to providing services and supplies for Highland students and programs. Please see pie chart on Giving Campaign page.

How can I help?

There are a variety of ways you can support students through the Giving Campaign:

1. Make a monetary donation of any amount. No amount is too small, every donation makes a difference.

2. Invite Family and Friends to contribute either as individuals or corporations.

  • Send a copy of our Giving Campaign letter to relatives, neighbors and others who would be interested in helping support education. If you prefer, we can send the letter for you. Email contact information to gc@highlandpto.org
  • Personalize our Student Letter. Include pictures from your child's latest culmination and they'll see their money is well spent.
  • Share our Corporate Donor Card with business owners you know personally.

3. Ask if your employer matches donations to non-profit organizations. Employer matching is an EASY way for you to help Highland raise more money.

    • To find out if your employer has a matching policy, contact your human resources department. It may be as easy as filling out an online form that takes 5-10 minutes, which could then double your contribution! To help make sure we take advantage of this opportunity, the Giving Campaign will help you research employers.  Email the Giving Campaign at gc@highlandpto.org with the company name and address.

4. Invite businesses you support such as your dentist or favorite coffee shop to contribute.

    • Download our Corporate Sponsor Letter and Donor Card to deliver yourself OR
    • Send names and contact information to gc@highlandpto.org and we'll contact them on your behalf.

5. Volunteer to help with the various duties of the campaign. Time is often more valuable than money.


Results of Previous Giving Campaigns:

2016/2017 Giving Campaign
Highland Families Donated: $65,527
Expenses: $140
Total raised for Highland: $65,387

2015/2016 Giving Campaign
Highland Families Donated: $66,650
Expenses: $0
Total raised for Highland: $66,650

2014/2015 Giving Campaign

Highland Families Donated: $68,787
Expenses: $414
Total raised for Highland: $68,373

2013/2014 Giving Campaign
Highland Families Donated: $55,710
Expenses: $448
Total raised for Highland: $55,262

2012/2013 Giving Campaign
Highland Families Donated: $54,639
Expenses: $456
Total raised for Highland: $54,183

2011/2012 Giving Campaign
Highland Families Donated: $55,225
Expenses: $694
Total raised for Highland: $54,531

2010/2011 Giving Campaign
Highland Families Donated $43,725
Expenses: $1,548
Total raised for Highland: $42, 177

2009/2010 Giving Campaign
Highland Families Donated $37,850
Expenses: $1,490
Total raised for Highland: $36,360

2008/2009 Giving Campaign
Highland Families Donated: $46,562
Expenses: $1,450
Total raised for Highland: $45,112



Results of Previous Fundraisers

2008 Auction
Highland Families Spent: $55,000
Expenses: $15,000
Total raised for Highland: $40,000

2007/2008 PTA Membership Dues
-In 2008, we switched to a PTO, so no dues are paid to a national organization.  Instead, we are a non-profit organization.
Highland Families Spent: $435
Amount PTA paid for membership: $1,530
Cost to Highland PTA: $1,095

2007 Buckboard (food gift items)
Highland Families Spent: $10,000
Amount paid to vendor: $6,355
Total raised for Highland: $3,645

2007 Carnival
Highland Families Spent: $12,900
Expenses: $5,000
Total raised for Highland: $7,900

2007 Fun Run (specifically to raise money for theater restoration)
Highland Families Spent: $10,171
Total raised for Theater Restoration: $10,171

2006 Sally Foster (wrapping paper)
Highland Families Spent: $24,864
Amount paid to vendor: $13,164
Total raised for Highland: $11,700