FAQ

Q: What is the Foundation?

A: The foundation is a charitable organization focused on raising funds for Forest Park Elementary School.  The foundation is operated by a board of volunteers from the community.

Q: How are members of the Foundation elected?

A: The foundation is a group of voluteer parents.  New members are selected by the Foundation.  If you are interested in serving, please contact any member of the current board.

Q: Are board members compensated?

A: No, board members donate all their time, and even buy our own coffee if we meet at Starbucks!

Q: If I donate money, can I specify how it's used?

A: Unfortunately, in most cases it isn't possible to fingermark funds for certain projects.  At times, we may have a focused fundraising drive (for example, for PE a while back), but staffing and funding decisions are made by Portland Public Schools and the Forest Park administration.  However, input for parents and the community is generally warmly received.

Q: Does all of my donation go to Forest Park, or does it go to Portland Public Schools?

A: As required under applicable law, 1/3 of the funds raised goes to Portland Public, but 2/3 of the funds are used entirely by Forest Park Elementary. See www.allhandsraised.org for more information about PPS foundations.

Q: What is the Tax ID number for the Forest Park Foundation?

A: Our federal tax ID number is 20-1975263.

Q: What's the difference between the Foundation, Site Council and the PTA?

A: You are welcome to ask this same question to the other groups, but at a high level the following describes some differences:

  •      Foundation:  raises money for use by the school for hiring teaching staff (PEOPLE)
  •      Site Council:  state mandated body providing community input on educational content and programs (PROGRAMS)
  •      PTA:  traditional group that supports school and community activities (THINGS).  See PTA Website

Q: How many times a year with the Foundation ask me for money?

A: At times the Foundation's plans change due to changed circumstances, but our general fundraising activities are:

  •     at the start of the school year, there is a general ask for donations;
  •     before the end of the calendar year, we may remind people that donations are tax deductible;
  •     our annual auction is generally in the Jan-Mar timeframe.

If there are shortfalls or PPS announces changes that we believe would adversely impact our school, we do from time-to-time make special requests.  Of course all donations are voluntary, but we hope that you will continue to support Forest Park Elementary and our community.  Thank You!


Q: Do you know if my company will "match" donations made to the FPE Foundation?

A: We have a list of companies we believe match donations, but you should check directly with your company to confirm our understanding.  Companies that Match

NOTE: If there are other questions you'd like answered, please don't hesitate to let us know.