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Charter schools are publicly funded but do not receive the same level of support as regular public schools. Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School receives 80% of the per pupil funding allocated by the state and we have to make up the remaining 20% through fundraising. In addition, charter schools like ours are required to cover expenses that traditional public schools do not, such as technology services, rent/mortgage, etc. As a result, we operate with a considerable shortfall per student.
 
The fundraising target for the 2021-2022 school year is $750 per student.  
 
This amount covers the gap between our existing revenue and our operating budget, in addition to contributing a small amount to the long term financial sustainability of the school.
 
Arco Iris has set a goal of 100% family participation to close this gap, and we provide several fundraising opportunities throughout the year to enable families to donate. We know that some families are able to contribute more than the $750 Gap Contribution and some will need to contribute less.  Regardless of the size of your contribution, we hope that all families will find a way to financially support our school. 
 
Arco Iris is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so contributions are tax deductible in accordance with tax laws.
WHERE DOES THIS MONEY GO?
 
Your Gap Contribution goes directly into our operational budget and supports the core academic program, BSD charter requirements, facilities costs and teacher salaries.

Attracting and retaining great teachers is fundamental to providing a top notch program. In recognition of this, the Arco Iris Board raised teacher salaries for the 21-22 school year, but we still are not at the level of our local public schools. Our goal is to offer a pay rate that is commensurate with other bilingual programs in our area. In order to do this, we need to close our funding gap.

Charter schools are publicly funded but do not receive the same level of support as regular public schools. Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School receives 80% of the per pupil funding allocated by the state and we have to make up the remaining 20% through fundraising. In addition, charter schools like ours are required to cover expenses that traditional public schools do not, such as technology services, rent/mortgage, etc. As a result, we operate with a considerable shortfall per student.
 
The fundraising target for the 2021-2022 school year is $750 per student.  
 
This amount covers the gap between our existing revenue and our operating budget, in addition to contributing a small amount to the long term financial sustainability of the school.
 
Arco Iris has set a goal of 100% family participation to close this gap, and we provide several fundraising opportunities throughout the year to enable families to donate. We know that some families are able to contribute more than the $750 Gap Contribution and some will need to contribute less.  Regardless of the size of your contribution, we hope that all families will find a way to financially support our school. 
 
Arco Iris is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so contributions are tax deductible in accordance with tax laws.
WHERE DOES THIS MONEY GO?
 
Your Gap Contribution goes directly into our operational budget and supports the core academic program, BSD charter requirements, facilities costs and teacher salaries.

Attracting and retaining great teachers is fundamental to providing a top notch program. In recognition of this, the Arco Iris Board raised teacher salaries for the 21-22 school year, but we still are not at the level of our local public schools. Our goal is to offer a pay rate that is commensurate with other bilingual programs in our area. In order to do this, we need to close our funding gap.

HOW CAN I MAKE A CONTRIBUTION?
 
There are several ways you can help us close the gap:
  1. You can make a lump sum payment, here
  2. You can donate stock. 
  3. You can set up recurring monthly payments, here
  4. You can participate in corporate matching programs through your employer.  Check with your human resources department to find out if your company has a matching plan for its employees’ charitable donations.
  5. You can participate in our annual fundraising events. In addition to direct donations, we also offer two major fundraising events each year as well as several smaller fundraising opportunities.
 
There are several ways you can help us close the gap:
  1. You can make a lump sum payment, here
  2. You can donate stock. 
  3. You can set up recurring monthly payments, here
  4. You can participate in corporate matching programs through your employer.  Check with your human resources department to find out if your company has a matching plan for its employees’ charitable donations.
  5. You can participate in our annual fundraising events. In addition to direct donations, we also offer two major fundraising events each year as well as several smaller fundraising opportunities.
 
Primary Fundraisers:
 
Move-a-thon
You can sponsor a child for the number of laps they can run or how much dancing/movement they can do in a given amount of time.  This is a great way to help them get exercise and raise money at the same time.  This event usually takes place in the Fall.
 
Annual Auction 
The annual auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We hosted a virtual auction last year. In a typical year, our action draws crowds of over 200 community supporters from in and around the Portland metro area who come and support Arco Iris and celebrate its accomplishments.  Guests can bid on online and live auction items featuring a range of exciting items including travel packages, tickets to local events, gift certificates to the area’s finest restaurants, and access to exclusive opportunities and experiences.
 
Participating businesses and sponsors will be prominently featured in all our marketing and communication materials both leading up to the event as well as post-event.
Additional Fundraising Opportunities:
 
Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Simply choose Arco Iris as your designated charity, bookmark smile.amazon.com and that’s it!
 
Fred Meyer Community Rewards
Fred Meyer Community Rewards is an easy way for local nonprofits to receive donations from Fred Meyer Stores. Customers earn these donations for their favorite nonprofits by shopping with their Rewards Card. Click here for instructions on how to link your rewards card to Arco Iris.
 
Box Tops
Box Tops For Education now has a mobile app for your phone!  Now you can simply scan your store receipt and qualifying product purchases will instantly give cash credit to Arco Iris. To join Box Tops, create an account and choose Arco Iris as your targeted donation.
 
Restaurant Nights
The PTO coordinates local restaurant nights.  If you purchase a meal from the restaurant on our selected date, a portion of the proceeds come back to our school. Watch the newsletter throughout the year for details.
 
Targeted Donations
Families may choose to donate funds for a specific use at the school.  For example, playground donations will be set aside to support the eventual development of our playground.  Families should speak with the school director before making a targeted donation to make sure their giving goals are in line with the school’s needs.