How old is the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation?
The Foundation was founded as a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit in April 2006.
How much money has the Foundation raised?
We have raised a total of $650,000 since the Foundation was formed.
Is there an endowment?
Yes. At least 25% of every donation goes to an endowment whose balance currently stands at approximately $500,000 (included in the amount above). This endowment is being financially managed and is invested to grow over time. When it reaches $1million the Foundation will start to use a portion of the endowment to fund its operations and granting processes.
Where does the money come from?
The Foundation accepts donations from local individuals, businesses and organizations. We hold our major fundraiser, the Gorge Grape Escape, once a year and the next one will be held in October 2011.
In 2010 the Foundation began identifying new funding sources through public and private grants. Allocation of a small portion of the Foundation’s budget to retain a professional grant writer has already realized a return on investment of some 600% towards this end.
How much money has gone into the schools?
A total of $349,000 has been provided to the schools in this time. A portion of this amount has been been leveraged from other sources.
How do teachers access the money?
The Foundation has two grant cycles per school year where administrators, teachers and community members (with the approval of administrators) may apply for funding. See Grants.
Who reviews the applications and grants funding?
An Awards Committee is created for each grant cycle. The Committee is comprised of two community members, two teachers, and one WSVEF Board member. This Committee scores the application with an objective scoring rubric and provides a recommendation to the WSVEF Board. The WSVEF Board grants funding.
Can I be a part of this committee?
Yes. Please contact us if you are interested.
Do you need volunteers?
Yes, always. Please contact us if you are interested.
Any further questions? Please feel free to contact us.