Eureka Schools Foundation seeks donations for Annual Giving Campaign

Nonprofit organization gave $635,000 to school district last year
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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To make a tax-deductible donation to the Eureka Schools Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign, visit Donors can earmark funds to be directed to programs of their choice.

Over its 20-year history, the Eureka Schools Foundation has donated more than $5 million to enrichment programs in local schools, and on Feb. 1, the group launched its Annual Giving Campaign.

This campaign comprises the nonprofit organization’s largest fundraising event, and organizers are seeking monetary contributions from Roseville and Granite Bay residents to benefit students in the Eureka Union School District. The foundation gave $635,274 to the district last year, and more than $300,000 of that came from the Annual Giving Campaign, according to a press release.

“This donation was made possible by district families and local businesses and allowed the district to maintain enrichment programs that directly impact students, including libraries, computers, music, choir, athletics and summer training for teachers,” said Ryan Jones, president of the Eureka school board. “These programs are not funded by the state with the tax dollars residents pay each year.”

The district has had to reduce its expenses by about $4 million over the last several years, and despite the passage of Proposition 30, expects to cut an additional $700,000 to $1.3 million for the upcoming school year.

“The sole purpose of the (foundation) is to raise private funds for the children of the (district),” said ESF President Tory Griffin, in the release. “Private funding is a real solution for addressing budget shortfalls in education and lessening the associated impacts on students.”

The foundation also asks households without children in the district to consider contributing to the campaign. Public schools offer services to residents such as providing polling places on Election Day, hosting non-education community events and providing playgrounds and gymnasiums to the community. Public schools employ area residents and can positively impact local housing markets and real estate, benefiting all homeowners.