The message below was recently received by the Ainsworth Foundation leaders. [You should note that Ainsworth alone accounted for approximately 13% of the 2009 PSF Equity Fund contributions. Of the 32 participating foundations, only 3 schools accounted for 10% or more of PSF Equity fund contributions. The Ainsworth community adds significant value to the greater Portland Public Schools community!]
Good afternoon Local School Foundations:
We want to thank you all again for your hard work and dedication to your school and other schools in PPS. Collectively you raised $2.7 million last year and contributed nearly $760,000 to the 2010/11 PPS Equity Fund — this is a 5% increase over last year. In addition to the nearly $760,000 raised last year we will be adding over $64,000 from Equity funds unspent prior to 2007. This year we are able to distribute $824,000 in Equity Fund dollars. From those funds $580,000* will be used to support PPS School-based Equity Grants. . . . When you have a moment please pass this along to your parent community, we will also have this information available on our website soon.
Please stay tuned for more information on the PPS Community-based Equity Grants. The deadline for those applications is Monday, April 12th. We will be awarding the remaining $244,000 in Equity Funds to those organizations that directly serve schools in PPS. For more information on this grant please visit our website atÂ http://www.thinkschools.org/grant-programs/ .
Finally, if you have a moment please check out the Oregonian article discussing the PPS Equity Fund:
Portland Schools Foundation gives $580000 to local schools
* $35,000 has been set aside to support Alternative Schools who serve students within PPS. The following organizations will receive a PPS School-based Equity Award: Albina Youth Opportunity School – $11,000; NAYA Early College Academy – $12,000; Rosemary Anderson School – $12,000.
From the Portland Schools Foundation