The West Valley Schools Foundation raises funds from various private sources. Donors may give undesignated funds, which the Board may use to meet a broad range of grant requests from District teachers and administrators. Because the West Valley Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, we have the ability to accept and administer donations designated for a particular need in the schools; for example, a piece of equipment, a particular field trip, or a special program or activity. Although none currently exist, the West Valley Schools Foundation also has the ability to establish endowments to fund specific programs, or to help needy students with expenses associated with co-curricular activities.
West Valley School District employees also play an integral role in the funding of the West Valley Schools Foundation. Currently, over 50 West Valley School District employees make monthly donations to the Foundation through automatic payroll deduction.
Community participation is encouraged through our signature fundraising event held every September, “An Evening in the Orchard.” This event continues to grow each year. The inaugural event in 2013 was a success with over 150 people in attendance and over $14,000 raised for West Valley School District students grades K-12. In 2014, that amount grew to nearly $22,000 and in 2015, over $25,000 was raised. In 2019, we hit our record with $33,000 raised.
Donations are also accepted in person, at any of our fundraising events, and through our website. We are pleased to accept cash gifts, gifts of appreciated stock, endowment contributions, memorial gifts, corporate matching gifts, bequests and estate giving.
The West Valley Schools Foundation funds go toward enhancing learning opportunities and experiences in West Valley School District classrooms. Educators apply for grants from the West Valley Schools Foundation and funds may be applied to a variety of uses, including, but not limited to, special equipment, learning materials, supplies, program needs for their classrooms, and field trips.