What is the Difference between PTA and the Foundation?
Many parents seek clarity as to the differences between the PTA and Foundation and why two separate organizations are required to perform one job. It is true that Foundation and PTA share a common goal – the betterment of our children's education. Both organizations work together throughout the year toward that end, but we each have a separate focus and are governed differently.
PTA provides an environment which invites parents and families to become involved in the education process. They fund extra-curricular activities such as Math & Science nights, family-school events, teacher appreciation programs as well as academic support programs.
The Pickett’s Mill Elementary Foundation's goal is to raise the money necessary to provide our children with the most competitive and exemplary education possible. This typically translates to purchasing elements of education that the district and the state are unable to provide, be it technology, supplemental curriculum or valuable student services. Over the past few years Foundation has funded our 7 Habits Leadership training for all faculty of Pickett’s Mill Elementary.
There are also instances where Foundation and PTA objectives overlap and they enter funding ventures jointly. However, these two organizations are governed differently with respect to how they raise and spend money. PTA, as a national organization, is bound by strict by-laws which dictate how fundraising is achieved and how funds are implemented into programs. Foundation, on the other hand, can pursue as much fundraising as is necessary to achieve its stated goals. Funding decisions are guided by the Foundation Board, as representatives of parents, together with teacher and administrative input. Decisions can be made, or changed, as the Foundation sees fit.
Our Pickett’s Mill PTA is exceptional, and our school "community" is enriched due to their efforts. Our Foundation will continue bridging the gap between what public education offers and what a competitive, 21st-century education ideally should be. Both organizations need your support!
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