What is The Bronxville School Foundation?
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by school parents in 1991. They wanted to create a permanent vehicle for raising money for important projects that the District budget could not fund. Then and now, many of these projects are critical to keeping Bronxville School on the forefront of K-12 education. The Foundation is independent from the Bronxville School, but its mission is to support our school and educational excellence in our village. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from community members, alumni, corporations and others. These contributions are then used annually to fund grants exclusively for the Bronxville School that provide new equipment, programs, curricular innovations, teacher training and tools that make our school an even stronger academic institution.
Who founded The Bronxville School Foundation?
The Foundation was founded in 1991 by school parents working closely with both Bill Greenham, the Superintendent at the time, and members of the Board of Education. The founders worked diligently to set up an effective and highly professional volunteer organization that continues to this day. See more in History.
Is there a difference between the PTA and the Foundation?
The Foundation and the PTA both provide critical support to our school’s success, but they do very different things. The Foundation raises money to fund projects that will improve the quality of education for your children such as pilot programs, new curricula, technology, teacher training, special equipment and resources, and facilities re-design and renovation. Recent Foundation grant awards include:
- Design & Innovation Center and STEM initiatives
- ES Decodable Texts & Orton Gillingham Reading Training
- Treadmill for Life Skills Class
- Flexible Furniture for ES Art Rooms and Science Labs
- Artificial Intelligence Course for HS
- Food Scrap Recycling Program
- Bronco TV Studio Maintenance & Equipment
- Steinway Piano Refurbishment
- College Kickstart Software for HS Guidance Department
- National History Day Post-Pandemic Research
- World Language Fellows Working Toward Seal of Biliteracy
- Outdoor Classrooms & Wellness Initiatives
- LocalLive Streaming & Best in Class Sports Equipment & Facilities
- And so much more ...
The PTA supports and organizes educational and fun student programs along with community-building activities for Elementary, Middle and High School students, teachers, and families. These integral activities are funded through PTA annual dues, contributions and fundraising events including parent socials, apparel sales, book fair, and Memorial Day festivities. Over 100 volunteers ensure the PTA's success. PTA-sponsored programs include:
- B*Well-Speakers, Films & Workshops
- Staff Appreciation Programming
- ES Cultural Programs, Book Fair, Pumpkin Patch & Lecture Series
- MS Teen Centers
- Bronxville After-School Club (BASC) Enrichment
- Athletic Council Events Including Homecoming Activities
- Arts Council Programs - Plays & Musicals, Concerts, Spring into the Arts Festival, Arts Festival
- BOLD (Bronxville Org. for Learning Differences) Speakers & Workshops
- DEI Committee Speakers & Programs, including International Night
- Graduation & Moving Up Events & Gifts Incluing Senior Week
- New Families Committee Programs
- Field Trip and Programming Scholarships
- And so much more ...
For more information, visit the Bronxville PTA website.
Who submits grant requests to the BSF?
While the majority of requests come from our teachers and administrators, we also get requests from students, parents and others. Any community member can submit a request, providing the request is focused on resources for the Bronxville School. Learn more about grants here.
Who decides how the money is spent?
The Foundation has a 30 member board comprised of 26 volunteer community members plus the V.P. of the PTA, one school board representative, the superintendent, and the BSF Executive Director. The community members represent a broad cross section of our overall community – school families, empty-nesters, alumni, etc. As representatives for all our donors, our board takes very seriously its responsibility in considering grant applications each year. We are focused on ensuring that the grants awarded are beneficial for a large number of students and are consistent with the goals of the school and the BSF mission. In March, all of the grant requests are submitted to the BSF and given to the board to review. We have a rigorous procedure for evaluating grants and requests are voted on by the BSF board after a thorough review. See Grants for more information.
How independent is your grant process from the goals of the administration if you have the Superintendent and a School Board member on your board?
An important reason the BSF has been successful over the years is our close partnership with District administration, faculty, the PTA and the Board of Education. By doing this, we have been able to play a strategic role in prioritizing needs and working toward the common good of the school. This does not mean that the administration or the school board dictates what we choose to fund. Instead, they provide meaningful input into the due diligence process our board undertakes each year on grant applications that helps our board members make informed decisions.
Do most school families give a donation?
In the last five years, an average of roughly forty percent of our school families gave a donation. Since Foundation resources are so critical to the quality of the Bronxville School, and since every student and family benefits from a strong school, our goal is to achieve a higher rate of participation. One hundred percent of our board members make a contribution. See a list of donors to the Foundation
What amount do most people give?
We have individual donations of $25 and some over $20,000. Our average donation is around $850. A donation of any amount is appreciated and makes a difference to your child's education and the health of school and the larger community.
How much money do you raise?
For 2021-2022, we had total contributions of $483,574 from donors to the annual community fund drive and participants in the annual Katie Welling Memorial Run/Walk. Additional donations were made by alumni to support the Foundation. Our donors are school families, alumni, community members, faculty, and many others who support our mission. Here is a list of the grants made possible by donor generosity.