• The San Rafael Annual Fund and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Council are two important organizations that San Rafael.  Each organization plays a vital role and has differences in the way funds are raised and used.

PTA Overview

    • Primary function is to provide programming; not primarily a fundraising organization
    • Programs need to benefit every child at the school
    • Each PTA is required to comply with State and unit PTA Bylaws; unit overseen by an annually elected board
    • Fundraising efforts are tied to programs PTA is to provide for that school year
    • Money from fundraising efforts are intended to be spent that school year.
    • Annual Fundraising Efforts
      1. Community Building Events
      2. Assemblies/Field Trips
      3. Classroom and School Wide Supplies
      4. Staff Appreciation
    • PTA strongly encourages carry-over not exceed 40-50% of budget

Annual Fund Overview

    • Funds are held at Pasadena Educational Foundation, a 501(c)3, which is governed by a Board of Directors (any checks written to PEF on behalf of the San Rafael Annual Fund MUST specify San Rafael Annual Fund on the memo line!)
    • Funding projects are approved by an Annual Fund committee and managed by the school principal
    • Multi-Year Fundraising Efforts
      Capital improvements
      2. Personnel (e.g. Classroom Aides, Art Teacher, P.E. Teacher)
      3. Teacher Training
      4. Programs