Dear WISH Families,
On behalf of the WISH Community
Association (WCA), welcome to our 2016-17 school year!
We would like to thank you for your support and for being involved
in your child's education. It is our great community of families
and friends that work together with the school administration to
bring a well-rounded educational experience to our WISH scholars.
This partnership and your support is a vital part of WISH's
At Back to School
Night, we kicked-off our
Annual Giving Campaign -our single
largest fundraisingeffort of the
year, generating the majority of the WCA
income for the school year. Like all public schools, WISH is
dependent on several funding sources to meet its ongoing needs
which includes state and city funds, large education grants, and
outside fundraising efforts. It is our Annual Giving campaign,
though, that helps to raise the majority of the
additional funds needed to pay
for staffing and enrichment programs that set WISH apart from most
What does our Annual
Giving Campaign support?
Your dollars support smaller class sizes, providing
personalized education for every student. In addition, the campaign
funds additional teachers and programs the WCA brings to
-Art Teacher, Supplies and Curriculum
-Music Teacher, Instruments and
-Computer Teacher, Technology Equipment and
-Physical Education Teacher, Supplies and
Our goal is 100% Family
Annual Giving funds support every child at WISH
Charter. We suggest an annual contribution of
$1,200 per child in order to meet the funding
gap. However, if you cannot make this suggested donation, please
donate whatever amount you can. Every dollar
Your donation is 100% tax deductible! Please fill
out the enclosed Annual Giving Donation pledge form and bring it
with you to Back to School Night, put it in your child's return
folder, or drop it off in the school office. You can also give
online at www.supportwish.org
On behalf of our school and students, thank you for
your consideration and support!
Sincerely, Annual Giving Co-Chairs 2016
Christy Skura and Raj Makwana
ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is the WCA and why do
they lead the Annual Giving Campaign?
The WISH Community Association is our version of a
PTA - but WISH is a community of involved parents, businesses and
teachers, and we are open to all who want to participate. The WCA
leads all fundraising efforts on behalf of WISH including Annual
I pay taxes to support
public education, why do I need to give more?
There is a gap between what federal, state and
local funds provide for public schools and the amount needed to
educate each child according to WISH's six tenets and a whole
scholar approach. Closing the funding gap allows WISH to continue
its proven teaching model.
-WISH receives approximately $7,826 per student as
a public school. The cost of a WISH education is $9,074 per
-Therefore, we must raise $1,248 per student to
continue providing: Small Class Sizes, Differentiated Instruction,
Technology Equipment (Laptops, iPads, Smartboards, Projectors),
Technology Instruction that includes Computer Science and
Programming, Music Classes (Voice and Theory), Physical Education
classes, Fine Art classes, and Playground supplies.
WISH has many fundraisers
throughout the year - how do I know what to give to?
-The WCA strives to provide families with many
options to get involved, connect with other families, and have fun
while raising money through smaller events all year long -
restaurant nights, annual online auction, Fall Festival, WISH
cafes, and more.
-These are important, however, the largest portion,
comes from direct donations. The pledges and funds raised through
Annual Giving allow us to plan for the remainder of the year and
identify the gap we still need to fill with additional
How much should my family
give? What if my family can't afford to give?
That is a personal decision. Achieving 100%
participation is crucial, so deciding the giving level that is
right for your family and participating during the campaign
timetable is most important. Ideally, a family's giving reflects
their commitment to WISH Charter, their desire to support the
school's mission, and their individual circumstances.
-While we have enormous support from our families,
WISH is a public, tuition-free school, and contributions are in no
way required. We understand that families may not have the ability
-We continue to seek opportunities to augment how
much we need through corporate donations. Foundations like to see a
high percentage of participation by parents in donations and
volunteerism. If we can tellFoundations
that we have 100% participation in parent donations, we may be
eligible for more funding.
-If every family donates something - even $1 - we
reach our goal of 100% participation!
Is my donation tax
Yes! Any funds that you give to WISH are
tax-deductible: 501(c)3: 36-4632876. Thank you letters for
tax-filing purposes are sent to all donors after the
Will my company match my
gift?Can others make donations to Annual Giving?
Very possibly! Thousands of companies match
employees' gifts to eligible nonprofits. This can double or even
triple your gift to WISH Charter. Contact your human resources for
your company's policy. Grandparents and family friends are also
welcome to donate. Let us know if you need additional Annual Giving
Donation forms and we would be happy to provide them.
How do I give? Can I pay
in installments? What are my options for donating?
-Make a one-time donation for whatever you can
-Make a pledge now to give later in the
-Donations can be made by writing a check to WISH
Charter or online. From the WISH website (www.supportwish.org
), click the DONATE NOW button on the top right side of the
page. You can choose to donate in one lump sum, or schedule a
monthly donation for whatever you can provide - adding up to the
total amount you pledge.