What is the scope of an educational foundation’s responsibility?
The scope of a foundation’s responsibility is to support the efforts of the school district, not to replace them. A foundation does not subsidize the regular school budget but rather funds special projects that are consistent with the goals and policies of the Board of Education.
Do other districts have a foundation?
Over 46 percent of public school districts in the United States have an education foundation. In the Greater Cincinnati area, most other “excellent” rated school districts have foundations including Mariemont, Madeira, Mason, Wyoming, and Indian Hill
How will the funds raised by the Foundation be used?
The Foundation’s funds will be used to support programs and projects that will enrich the educational experience of our Forest Hills students. The funds raised will fall into three categories:
Annual funds will be used for specific projects approved by the Foundation Board. They typically will fall into one of four areas: College and Career Transition Support, Enhance Curriculum, Additional Educational Opportunities, or Technology
We will raise funds for specific capital projects, such as investing in technology infrastructure of the Power Up Equity program.
Endowment funds will be safely invested and grow over time. The earnings from the endowment will then be used for the annual projects or capital projects.
How does the Foundation relate to other groups raising funds for student programs, e.g., Athletic Boosters?
The Foundation complements rather than competes with fundraising efforts of parents’ groups dedicated to supporting school-specific annual activities, e.g., band, athletics, theatre, etc. The Foundation funded projects are most often district wide. Many other of the school groups are school specific.
Who will decide what projects the Foundation will support?
The FHFE’S Board of Directors ultimately will decide which programs and projects will be funded. The FHFE has a Program Initiatives Team that will work with the school district, evaluate potential projects and make a recommendation to the full Board of Directors. The Board and this team will work closely with the School District administration, school staff and parents to understand the needs on an on-going basis.
I don’t have children in the Forest Hills schools, so how do the Foundation’s efforts benefit me?
Public schools touch the lives of everyone. The children in our schools today will become our employees, our neighbors and our leaders of tomorrow. The economic vitality and quality of life in a community are directly linked to the quality of the education system.
How will the Foundation make sure that it allocates its support fairly between schools in the Anderson and Turpin portions of the District?
The members of the Board of the Foundation live in both the Anderson and Turpin High School portions of the District. It also has alumni of both high schools. The Board believes it is important to allocate its funding fairly among all of the schools within the District, including the elementary, middle and both high schools.
Has the FHFE adopted an investment policy statement?
The FHFE Board has approved a comprehensive Investment Policy Statement (IPS) that reflects the current status and philosophy of the Board, but is dynamic in nature. These policies will be reviewed and revised as necessary to ensure they adequately reflect any changes to the FHFE, the FHSD, the Fund or the capital markets. To request a copy of our IPS, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you plan to make people aware of the Foundation?
The Foundation raises awareness by publicizing its programs through traditional media outlets, social media (facebook, twitter and linked in), and the school district websites. In addition, we send out a quarterly newsletter via email. To subscribe to our newsletter, contact us at email@example.com
The Foundation also raises awareness by hosting community events. We are currently sponsoring four yearly events: the Forest Hills 5k Run/Walk, the Alumni Basketball Game, A Day for Today’s Woman, and the Community Tailgate before the Anderson/Turpin football game. We are also supporting the development of Alumni associations to reach out to our Turpin and Anderson High School Alumni.
Are my donations tax deductible?
Yes, donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. FHFE is an IRS qualified charitable organization in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Forest Hills Foundation for Education (FHFE) is a non-profit organization that raises money to make a difference in students' lives by supporting educational initiatives above and beyond what the Forest Hills School District's budget can provide.
We provide access to educational enrichment opportunities that ignite learning, improve educational outcomes, and prepare our students to be confident, competent, and engaged citizens.