This time of year always brings a mix of emotions. As we launch the Annual Fund Drive each November/December, on one hand, we are hopeful. We know just how impactful local donations are for the benefit of our students. On the other hand, we are always a bit apprehensive. Will the community respond in a time of need and rise to the challenge of investing in our youth?
There are a lot of wonderful causes out there. From homelessness to hunger, animal welfare to human health, and literally thousands more. And although we are a little biased, we truly believe that investing in our kids…right here in Carlsbad…is one of the absolute best investments we can make!
With our community’s help, CEF is investing in more than 15 targeted programs across our K-12 schools including music, science, and more. These include programs like BizTown, weekly K-5 music, a new high school science TA, MY ACCESS, FLL Robotics, Science Olympiad, and a host of other programs making a real impact on our students.
In many surrounding communities, personal donations from individuals comprise the bulk of the dollars education foundations are able to leverage. Carlsbad is a little different as we are very fortunate to have a robust business and philanthropic community. By contrast, much of the funding to CEF comes from corporations, grant-writing, and tuition income from programs like Kids’ Care and summer enrichment.
But here is the sobering fact…Carlsbad Unified has now slipped to dead last of the 42 school districts in San Diego County when it comes to per-pupil funding. No other school district receives less dollars per student. This means that our District needs help and CEF is the only district-wide funding partner to CUSD. We offer a phenomenal way to give back to a community which has given us much and to invest in our students who need it so desperately.
As an extra incentive to give generously this year, a private family foundation has donated matching dollars so that every gift up to the first $10,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar…doubling personal gifts in the month of December!
And to help just a little more, our partner Flippin’ & Knockout Pizza has committed to providing a free pizza to every single donor who gives a gift of $35 or more this month. That’s TWO great reasons to donate today!
On behalf of our many students across all 13 schools, please make the Carlsbad Educational Foundation a part of your year-end holiday giving this month. We couldn’t do it without you!