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FUNDRAISING FAIRNESS

BROAD SUPPORT-Students in Portland, Oregon, left and right, work on projects at schools funded by All Hands Raised,
a nonprofit that redistributes money collected by district parents to high-needs schools in the city.

"I think people like local control of
their investment," says Dan Ryan, executive director of All Hands Raised, an
organization in Portland, Oregon, that
collects a portion of parent donations to
school foundations and redistributes the
money to high-need schools.
Ryan says he often gets calls from districts across the country looking to tackle
inequitable fundraising, perhaps with a
similar model. "Many of the calls seem to

start off really inspired and courageous in
their intent, and then they find moving
this forward takes a lot of political will."
What the numbers say
School fundraising has grown exponentially in recent decades. Revenue from
school-supporting nonprofits-PTAs,
PTOs, alumni associations, booster
clubs, school foundations and local endowments-increased nearly 350 percent

AUDITING THE PTA
You need only to Google "PTA embezzlement + arrest" to find stories of accounting
gone wrong. When volunteers have control over thousands of dollars or more, it's
important to follow these rules:
* PTAs should conduct audits semi-annually or when anyone in control of
spending leaves.
* The auditor should be impartial and not be the president, a PTA financial officer
or anyone authorized to sign checks.
* The auditor should ask for a correction if an error is found in a recorded
transaction. Corrections must be listed on the next treasurer's report.
* If members raise financial questions, the president should appoint a committee to
look into the concerns.
Source: California PTA

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from 1995 to 2010, from about $197
million to $880 million, according to a
2014 Indiana University study. In that
same time, the percent of districts with
at least one school-supporting nonprofit
increased from 12 percent to 29 percent.
Moreover, districts with higher levels
of per-pupil state and property tax revenues were more likely to have a schoolsupporting nonprofit, and districts with
higher per-pupil revenues on average see
larger donations, the study found.
"Collectively, these findings imply
that voluntary contributions do not constitute an efficient or stable substitute for
the financing of K12 public education,"
the study's authors concluded. "Rather,
they serve to enhance spending in school
districts that already receive significantly
larger per-pupil revenues."
In 2013-14, the 50 richest PTAs raised
nearly $43 million-about 10 percent of
the estimated total $425 million raised
by all PTAs in the country, according to
a 2017 Center for American Progress report. Researchers found "that few of the
districts with the 50 richest PTAs have
policies in place to respond to outsized
donations to the wealthiest schools."
That report offers a blueprint for districts that are looking to address inequiDistrict Administration



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