The Annual Fund Campaign is a Foothills School giving priority because it serves our two greatest assets—our students and our teachers. The Annual Campaign takes place in the fall and donations are accepted online to help us reach our goal.
Dollars raised help Foothills provide students with classroom enhancements, enhance academic and extracurricular programs, address emerging priorities of the school, and bolster financial assistance. Since tuition income does not cover the full cost for educating a student, tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Campaign help bridge the gap between tuition and what it really takes to provide the quality education and extraordinary experiences our children have at Foothills.
By giving to the Annual Fund, you are sending a powerful message that you believe in Foothills. When you participate, you become a part of the school’s philanthropic legacy in support of teaching excellence and lifelong learning. Whether you give $5 or $5,000, your gift makes a difference!
Every year we strive for 100% parent, alumni, faculty, staff, and trustee participation in the Annual Campaign. This support makes a big impact. Broad support from the entire school community helps influence giving decisions of foundations and businesses.
You are part of an incredibly generous community! For the last three years, we have reached our goal and 100% of our parents, faculty, staff, and board contributed to the Foothills Annual Campaign.
More questions? Please refer to the FAQs below or reach out to Alison Van Hook, Development Director, at 208.331.9260 x113.
ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN FAQS
Q. WHAT IS THE ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN?
A: The Annual Campaign is a six-week fundraising effort that exists to cover the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating a student at Foothills. Like all private schools, our budget is set so that tuition remains as low as possible. Even families paying full tuition are not paying the full cost of a Foothills education; the Annual Fund gifts help bridge this gap. Every year, Foothills seeks 100% participation from all current parents, faculty, staff, and trustees. We also seek support from the entire Foothills community including alumni families, adult graduates, and grandparents.
Q. WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER A GIFT TO THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGN WHEN I ALREADY PAY TUITION?
A: By helping to cover the gap between the price of tuition and what it actually costs to educate each Foothills student, your gift to the Annual Campaign directly influences the educational experience all students have at Foothills. The availability of more resources equals access to more educational tools and opportunities. Your generous tax-deductible gift allows our students to have the “extras” that turn an excellent education into an exceptional one.
Q. WHY NOT JUST RAISE TUITION?
A: Philanthropy is part of the Foothill’s culture. By keeping tuition as financially accessible as possible, we gain a more economically diverse student population which enriches every students’ educational experience. Also, contributions to Foothills are tax-deductible, whereas tuition payments are not. When you donate to the Annual Campaign, you help keep tuition payments lower and your gift entitles you to a tax benefit.
Q: HOW ARE ANNUAL FUND GIFTS USED?
A: The money donated to the Annual Fund is used within the fiscal year in which it is received and supports a portion of Foothills’ operational needs, including hiring and retaining outstanding faculty members, enhancing academic and extracurricular programs, maintaining facilities, and enabling the school to offer financial assistance to families who otherwise would not be able to afford a Foothills education.
Q: WHY IS 100% PARTICIPATION SO IMPORTANT?
A: 100% participation helps Foothills represent our community at its best. When people outside the Foothills family see such high levels of participation, they can understand the extent of enthusiasm and support for the school. When Foothills applies for foundation and corporate grants, and when we look for community partnerships, our Annual Campaign participation rate is one of the factors considered as those organizations make decisions. They want to see a strong showing of support from those closest to the school.
Q: HOW MUCH AM I EXPECTED TO GIVE?
A: We ask each family to give to their family's best ability. For some families, that may be $10. For others, it is $1,000 or more. When thinking about the amount of your gift you may want to consider monthly installments. It may also be beneficial to understand the Idaho Education Tax Credit.
Q: WHAT IS THE IDAHO TAX CREDIT AND CAN I USE IT TOWARD THE ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN?
A: As an Idaho tax payer your donations to Foothills School of Arts and Sciences Annual Fund Campaign may be eligible for a 50 percent education tax credit. This credit is available regardless of whether or not you itemize your donations. For those who do itemize, the deductions may become event greater.
Note: A tax credit is a reduction to the actual tax you owe or an increase in your refund.
- Idaho Married Couples may take up to 50% of a $2,000 gift (a tax credit of $1,000)
- Idaho Individuals may take up to 50% of a $1,000 gift (a tax credit of $500)
- An Idaho corporation may take up to 50% of a $10,000 gift (a tax credit of $5,000)
This benefit is effective until January 1, 2020. Your tax benefit is dependent on your personal income level and filing status. Please contact your tax consultant for additional information. Click here to learn more.
Q: CAN I USE MY EMPLOYER MATCHING FOR THE ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN?
A: Yes! We welcome this opportunity for additional dollars and are prepared to complete the necessary paperwork in order to receive them. Click here for a list of companies that have matching charitable contribution programs. *This list may not be complete, if your company is not listed, please ask your HR department if such a program exists.
Q: CAN I DESIGNATE MY GIFT TO A SPECIFIC AREA?
A: We ask that Annual Campaign gifts be undesignated, so that they may do the most good for the greatest amount of students.
Q: WHEN SHOULD I GIVE?
A: The Annual Campaign is a six-week effort to support the current year needs. Pledges are made during the six-week campaign ending November 15, 2019 and payment is welcome any time through June 30, 2020. Please note the Idaho Education tax benefit is effective until January 1, 2020. If you have already made your gift, we thank you for your support!
Q: IF MY FAMILY RECEIVES FINANCIAL AID AND I DONATE TO THE ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN WILL IT AFFECT MY AID?
A: No. There is no correlation. 100% family participation is the goal.
Q: CAN I GIVE MONTHLY, BY CREDIT CARD, OR ONLINE?
A: You can give to the Annual Fund by check or credit card, in one payment or installments, by electronic funds transfer, or even by transfer of appreciated stock.
There are multiple ways you can make a contribution:
Fill out the pledge card you receive in the mail and return to Katie or Alison. Pledges do not need to fulfilled until June 30, 2020. Katie has extra pledge cards available at the front desk.
Click here to use a credit card to make a one-time gift online or visit: https://foothillsschool.ejoinme.org/annualfund2019
Click here to use a credit card to make a recurring gift or donate in installments (i.e. $5 a month for 5 months) online or visit: https://foothillsschool.ejoinme.org/annualfund2019
Leave a check or cash with Katie at the front desk or Alison in the Development/Finance Office.
If you have any questions or would like to make electronic funds transfer, please reach out to Development Director Alison Van Hook at 208.331.9260 x113 or email@example.com
Thank you for your support! Every gift makes a difference!