February 1, 2013
Dear Drake Families,
It's “that time of year” at The Drake Fund, when we prepare for the Drake Staff to submit grants for exciting additions to their classrooms and programs. We also set the budgets for our Athletic Committee and Parent and Community activities. It is by far our favorite time of year! The Drake Fund's mission is to "enhance the quality of the educational experience at Sir Francis Drake ..." and this is how and when we do it!
Often, however, we are asked for far more than we can afford to grant. For instance, in March 2012, Drake Staff made 41 requests of The Drake Fund. The total cost of those 41 requests was slightly over $230,000. Last year, we were able to fully or partially fund 30 Academic Grant requests for a total of $129,900. (Please see the full list of projects and programs funded in 2012 below.)
Earlier this week, The Drake Fund Board met to discuss how much we would be able to allot for the 2013 Academic Grants. Our Board has tentatively set a budget of $160,000 for this year’s grants. Decisions regarding funding for our other main committees, Athletics and Community, will be set at our February 25 meeting.
If history repeats itself, there will be many grants whichwe will be unable to fund this year. Like any family or small business, we will endeavor to make your donation dollars stretch to benefit the largest number of Drake students and the broadest number of programs.
YOU can help us "bridge the gap" by making a donation to The Drake Fund immediately so we will have more to give away in March! Please consider donating online below or using the Pledge card in your Drake Directory. Your donations will immediately make a difference at Drake.
Please contact any board member listed below with questions! We are all listed in the Drake Directory or available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two new pages have been added to our site this week. Complete descriptions of the work of our Athletic Allocations and Athletic Committees have been added for your information as to how The Drake Fund works.
Each year, we need new members of our Board and its committees. Perhaps you'll come on board? Please use the email link above to let us know you are interested!
Erin Badala/ Chair-The Drake Fund
The 2012-2013 Drake Fund Board
Erin Badala Deborah Cichocki Susan Cronk
Steve Derr Terri Driscoll Gina Feiner
Peter Goodman Denise Helstrom Catherine Heyworth
Laura Hilgers Linda Ryan Adele Sale
Kim Silva Michelle Weeks
Bristlecone Pines Project Funding
Student Planners for All Students
Photo Printer with Ink & Paper for Photography
4 Cameras for The Jolly Roger Staff
Transportation for Senior Class Habitat for Humanity Build
Wet Spirometers for science department
Student Activities Funding
Judy Willis: Learning & Brain School and Community
Music Department Guest Artists
TechLit Ropes Course Funding
PALS Program Funding
Projector & Screen for Counseling Department
Chemistry Modeling Software
Lab Quest 2 Scientific Analysis Software
DVDs and Projector for Drama Department
Trek Yosemite Trip Funding
12 iMac Computers for Computer Lab
30 Graphing calculators for Mat
- Ken-A-Vision Document Camera
Robotic Components for Engineering
- NACAC conference for Counseling Department
Little Theater Improvements
Cross Fit Equipment
Community Garden Funding
LCD Projectors for Math and Science
15 Computers for ROCK computer lab
ComAcad HD Cameras
Poets in Schools Funding
Creek Restoration Funding
3-D Modeling/Engineering Computers
Drake Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to The Drake Fund are tax deductible under the law. Please consult your tax professional for advice on tax deductions. The Drake Fund Federal tax ID # is 91-2033279
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