Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Ashland Schools Foundation?
The mission of the Ashland Schools Foundation is to support quality education in
The Ashland Schools Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit public benefit corporation, organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
Who runs the Ashland Schools Foundation?
The ASF Board of Directors governs the Foundation. The Board is an independent, volunteer body with the powers and duties to provide fiscal guidance and governance for the Foundation.
The ASF Board makes all decisions regarding fund raising and allocation of funds.
The board represents a cross-section of the community. It includes a school board member, teachers, business owners, parents, professionals, and other community members.
The ASF Board of Directors includes parents and other community members interested in raising funds to help students, teachers and the schools. The ASF Board includes at least one
As community members, members of the ASF board are united in their support of public education and their belief that quality public education is the backbone of our community.
The Ashland Schools Foundation works through a series of committees, including a Grants committee, a Campaign (fund raising) committee, a Public Relations committee, and a Finance committee. ASF welcomes parent and community involvement. If you are interested in being nominated for the ASF board, or would like to volunteer to help on ASF committees, please call (482-8197) or email the ASF office (email@example.com).
The Ashland Schools Foundation is independent of the
The ASF offices are located in the
What is the relationship of the ASF to the School Board?
The Ashland School District #5 Board of Directors is comprised of five members who are elected by school district patrons (eligible voters living within the district boundaries) to represent their interests in District policy-making and budget development. The School Board is responsible for hiring the Superintendent.
The ASF is a non-governmental organization that was created by community members interested in helping the District provide the highest quality education possible for students through fund raising in the local community. The ASF keeps the School Board aware of its activities through reports at monthly school board meetings. One School Board member is appointed as liaison to the ASF Board and is a voting member. All projects funded by the ASF are supervised by District staff.
Is ASF involved in setting school policies?
The ASF is not involved in setting the governance or curriculum goals of the District. The ASF Board believes that trained educators and elected school board members are best qualified to make policy decisions about school matters.
What is the relationship between ASF and other fund raising organizations in the district?
The Foundation tries not to duplicate programs supported by PTA/PTO groups and program-specific groups like the Grizzly Booster Club and AHAA!, groups that also providing enhanced social, educational and activity offerings in the district schools.
How does public education benefit the
The most telling characteristic of a community is how it treats its children.
I don’t like what is going on with public school funding. Why should I donate?
Many parents and other community members are upset about the state of public school funding in
The Ashland Schools Foundation does not control or direct any school funding decisions. Instead, it represents a means by which concerned parents and community members can make a real difference in the quality of education for
So the message of the Ashland Schools Foundation to the community is this: you can help, you can make a difference! We ask that members of the community set aside for a moment their opinions on specific issues and agree that we can all help our students and our schools through private contributions.
What about the
This critical program provides tax dollars from the community to provide additional funding to the
What is the difference between what the
In the past, the Youth Activities Levy (YAL) has had very specific guidelines on what it could fund. The general rule was that it could fund students activities (sports, debate, etc) and any non-graded class such as elementary music and Spanish at AMS. There are no such constraints on the funds the Ashland Schools Foundation raises. Because the money is granted to the schools, the funds can be used to pay for core academic needs in the schools. Although the new Levy is also able to support core academics, there are more than enough academics that need funding!
How much should I donate?
We encourage you to give as much as you can afford. Some benchmarks to consider are: A private school tuition in
I can't afford to pay a large lump sum - can I make smaller monthly donations?
Absolutely! The ASF can handle monthly, quarterly and semi-annual donations through several payment methods. You can choose to have payments charged to your credit card, taken directly from your checking account, or you can mail a check each month - we'll send you the reminder coupons! Please consider using one of these easy payment methods to increase your support.
Last year, 988 families, individuals, and businesses contributed to ASF. Some day we hope to increase our parent participation to 100%!
Can I restrict the use of my gift?
Absolutely NOT. These are private donations, not tax funds. They can accordingly be used for any proper purpose, without costing us one cent of
Does ASF only support at-risk students?
No. ASF funds a variety of educational programs and projects. While the first Grants that the ASF offered were focused on the needs of at-risk students, the term at-risk refers to any student who is not thriving or is at risk for dropping out of school for any reason. Students at all levels of academic and social achievement must be actively engaged in their educational experience or they could be at-risk. ASF Grants provide many opportunities to engage students in unique ways in their education.
Does ASF support sports?
No. ASF's funding goes toward academic education. While we recognize the important role that sports play in the lives of our students, we feel there are other sources that financially support sports in the schools. We are, however, the fiscal sponsor for the district when they need to do a capital campaign, even if it is sports related. This is why we are involved in the Turf Field campaign at Ashland High School.
The ASF Board decides on the allocation of funds raised during the annual campaign. Funds are allocated to a variety of grants programs, and ASF operations. The ASF Board has committees that consider and debate the allocation of funds. The Grants committee accepts applications for Impact Grants from teachers and schools, the entire board works closely with the school district for allocation of the larger Education Support funds raised during the annual appeal. The ASF operations budget is kept to a minimum - around 15%.
Where did last year’s money go?
See our grants summary page for details.