Annual Giving Campaign

Click on the Donate button below to contribute by Credit Card or Paypal for a single or monthly contribution.

Does your company offer Corporate Matching? Learn more before you contribute.




OR

Contribute by Check

Make checks payable to WGEPTA and mail to:

WGEPTA
1425 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125

Or drop off at the school office.

HISTORY OF THE ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

We started the Willow Glen Annual Give Campaign (the “AGC”) in 2009 when severe cutbacks in state funding threatened vital academic, cultural, technical, and physical education programs at the school.  Since then, the AGC has become the PTA’s most efficient fundraising program, generating approximately 34% of annual fundraising.  Our long-term goal is for the AGC to fund over 50% of annual PTA fundraising.

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PTA-SPONSORED PROGRAMS

Through fundraising, coordinating, and volunteering, the WGE PTA supports/provides the following Educational and Enrichment Programs:

  • Hands-On Science Labs: Scientists and Engineers from Schmahl Science conduct hands-on workshops in biology, chemistry, earth science, forensic science, mathematics and physics
  • Physical Education: Coach Ray from Little Heroes organizes classroom and recess PE activities
  • Music Instruction: Music lessons provided by Community School of Music and Arts, including a Spring Recital
  • Critical Classroom Enrichment Supplies & Fieldtrips: Classroom teacher stipends for desperately needed classroom supplies as well as fieldtrip funding
  • Art Docent Program: Hands-on art lessons taught by volunteer docents, including ceramic pottery
  • ABC Project Cornerstone: Volunteer docents read children’s literature books and lead classroom activities related to bullying prevention and promoting positive peer interactions on a monthly basis.
  • Los Dichos Project Cornerstone: Spanish-speaking volunteer docents read bilingual children’s literature to build assets with the students and to engage the parents as active members of the school community. “Dichos” are values-based proverbs that are central themes in many of the books and related lessons/activities.
  • Garden: Garden Docents connect with students during lessons on science and life cycles, wild life habitat, nutrition and healthy eating habits, composting, and helpful or harmful insects.
  • Library Support: Funding of new English & Spanish books for the Library
  • Other Educational Programs & Events Staffed By Volunteers: Science Fair and Family Fun Night, Project Cornerstone (monthly docent led anti-bullying program), Garden Projects, and the year end Art Show

EVERYONE WANTS MORE!

Although some state funding has returned, we continue to work hard to raise funds. PTA sponsored programs have proven to be essential to the education of our WGE students.  And based on parent, student, and teacher feedback, the parents, students, and teachers would like the PTA to do more – thus we have to raise more!

This year’s goals are $75,000 and 25% participation.

RECOMMENDED CONTRIBUTIONS OF $900, $300, or $30.

The PTA funds approximately $150 worth of programs per student per year.  We encourage you to participate at the highest level you can afford.

Your $300 annual contribution …

… is much less than the cost of last year’s pre-school or childcare,
… is a lot less than the cost a year of coffee at Starbucks,
… can be paid in ten monthly installments of just $30,
… doubles to $600 if your company matches gifts to non-profit organizations,
… is a tax deductible donation (at 25% tax bracket the $300 gift really costs only $225),
… is a terrific gift from grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, or mom and dad.

Read our FAQ below if you have any questions.


FAQ

Can I seek Corporate Matching from my Employer?
Yes! Please check this list to see if your employer is likely to match, and check directly with your employer on the requirements of Corporate Matching. Companies have different policies on whom and how they match their employees Charitable Giving. If you having questions and require assistance, please email giving@wgepta.org.

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Do I have to donate the suggested amount?
No. Any amount donated is appreciated!

Is this to join the PTA?
No.  PTA membership is $10 per member and is a separate payment. We encourage all families to become members of the PTA whether or not they contribute to the Annual Giving Campaign.

Can I make my donation in monthly installments?
Yes. Credit card payments can be divided into monthly and quarterly installments. We now take VISA, MC, AMEX and Discover.

Can I have input into how the money is used?
Yes! Please attend PTA meetings as we seek ways to support academic excellence at WGE.

Can I deduct my donation on my tax return?
Yes, in most cases, but check with your Tax Advisor.  The WGE PTA is a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code 501 (c) (3).  WGE PTA Tax I.D. #94-6174790

 

REMEMBER: CHECK YOUR COMPANY FOR A DONOR MATCH PROGRAM. IT COULD DOUBLE YOUR MONEY!!!!