By Ralph K. Spencer, D'Evelyn Education Foundation Board of Directors
Did you know that the D'Evelyn Education Foundation (DEF) budget is between $70 and $80,000 each year??? A phenomenal sum, to say the least, and one that requires the participation of every single D'Evelyn parent AND their students. I'm sure many of you are familiar with the adage that students at our amazingly successful school are receiving a private school education at public school prices. This maxim has been true since the school began in August 1994 and continues to this day. To continue this long-standing tradition, the entire D'Evelyn community must commit to helping raise funds whenever and wherever possible.
The Dash, the annual Dinner Auction, and the Annual Giving Campaign are perhaps the most familiar ways for community members to contribute to DEF. However, there are lesser known forms of fundraising that every parent and student can participate in every day that will not affect their wallets in any way. Hard to believe? Please read on!
King Soopers and Safeway Gift Cards are a perfectly painless way to fundraise for D'Evelyn. Proceeds to D'Evelyn equal 5% of all purchases, including gasoline. King Soopers cards are not only free from D'Evelyn representatives, they come preloaded with $2.50, as do the Safeway cards. These proceeds are a major source of funds for DEF. We have been receiving slightly over $1,000 each month from these cards but could easily double that figure if we could only get more community members to begin using these cards each time they go to King Soopers or Safeway.
Let's do the math: D'Evelyn has about 600 families with children in Jr. and Sr. High School. Assume each family spends $1,000 in food and gasoline each month (most likely a conservative estimate). This means that each family spends $12,000 a year on food and gasoline. Multiply this $12,000 x 600 families = $7,200,000 x 5% = $360,000 going to D'Evelyn each year! If only 1/2 of the D'Evelyn community participated, D'Evelyn would receive $180,000. If only 1/4 of the families participated, $90,000 would go to D'Evelyn, or enough to cover the entire DEF budget for an entire year!!! By the way, both the King Soopers and Safeway cards are reloadable and available from me, Ralph Spencer, at 303-979-9175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider using this painless fundraising tool to help DEF continue its support of our incredible school!
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