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General Questions

I’m interested in joining your board of trustees.  How do I pursue this?
The first step is to contact the Board Development Chair who leads the new trustee selection process. His/Her name is listed on the “Contact Us” page of this website.  This chairperson will speak with you about your interest in the Foundation and work with you to determine if there is an opening on the board to utilize your talents and experience.  The slate of proposed new trustees is voted upon by the board at the May meeting.

Is my donation tax-deductible? 
Yes – your tax donation is fully tax-deductible and you will receive a letter or email from the Foundation, stating so, for your records.

What is the difference between what the schools’ PTO/As provide to the schools and the District 39 Educational Foundation?
The District 39 Educational Foundation has been incorporated as a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization since 1993. Our Foundation Board of Trustees is an independent volunteer group which receives no financial compensation. We are solely responsible for raising and granting funds for projects that expand, enrich, and compliment educational opportunities for the students, staff, and community in District 39. We provide programs and materials that our community is not able to fund with tax dollars alone.

The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.  Elementary/Middle School PTAs serve as a type of forum where parents, teachers, administrators, and other concerned adults discuss ways to promote quality education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy environment and safe neighborhoods.