Annual Fund FAQs
What is the Creek View PTA Annual Fund Campaign?
The CVES PTA Annual Fund Campaign is a one-time appeal for financial contributions. The PTA uses the donations to enhance the award-winning educational experience of every Creek View student.
Why an Annual Fund?
Feedback from the community showed parents strongly prefer making a financial contribution directly to the school’s PTA instead of participating in multiple fundraising activities throughout the school year. The CVES PTA responded to what parents wanted, and the “Write on for the Cheetah”Annual Fund is the result.
How was Annual Fund money used in 2016-2017?
The PTA used the Annual Fund to support a variety of initiatives. Summary of 2016-2017 here.
The PTA significantly invested in the following:
- Teacher training (including Orton Gillingham)
- Science Adventure Zone (SAZ)
- Agendas for 1st - 5th grade
- Project Based Learning Supplies school wide
- School wide iPADS technology hardware
- School wide software - Write Score, MobyMax
- Curriculum support for every grade level
- Curriculum support for every Department: PE, Music, TAG, Counseling, Art
- Curriculum support for Special Areas (IEP, ESOL,Speech, IRR, etc.)
- Field Trips
- Cheetah Challenge healthy initiatives
- Reflections Art Program
- And more!
Please click here to see a breakdown of the proposed spending for 2017-2018.
I already pay school property taxes. Why should I donate to the Annual Fund?
Annual Fund donations are essential to delivering the high-quality programs and activities at Creek View that would not otherwise be possible. Financial contributions by Creek View parents fill the educational gap caused by inadequate county funding. The school system spends $179 annually on every Fulton County elementary school student; Creek View parents generously provide substantially more financial support per student. This additional parental support is a key reason Creek View is consistently ranked among the country’s top elementary schools.
Why doesn’t the PTA sell products like other schools?
When you give to the CVES PTA Annual Fund, ALL of the money goes directly to the PTA. When students and parents sell items such as gift-wrap, the fundraising company takes a significant cut of the profits.
Is 100% participation by parents important?
Yes. One hundred percent participation in the Annual Fund shows our commitment to the school, its teachers and staff, and our children. While gifts differ in size, each gift has the same impact on participation and is appreciated.
How do I know how much to give?
There is no set rule as to exactly how much to give. We only ask that each family give the best donation they can to the Annual Fund. If only $35 is given per student, PTA can meet or exceed our fundraising goal for this year and pay for all the programs and services provided to our children.
I can’t give very much. Should I still make a donation?
Yes. All financial donations to the PTA’s Annual Fund make a difference. We know that every family’s financial situation is unique. But, the only gift that is too small is no gift at all.
Who can donate to the Annual Fund?
Anyone can donate to the Annual Fund ... parents, grandparents, other family members, neighbors, friends. Even Creek View alumni! Every gift counts, and every gift is appreciated.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Creek View Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, INC., is classified as a public charity and has been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Our tax ID number is 58-2616176. Your donation is fully tax-deductible as provided by law. No goods, gifts or services of any value will be received in connection with this donation.
Does my donation qualify for Corporate Matching Gifts?
Many corporations have matching gift programs for their employees, retirees, and board members that will double and in some cases triple the portion of your gift. This extra support is very much appreciated. Contact your employer to determine if they will match your financial gift and to find out the guidelines for obtaining matching funds.
How do I make a gift to the Annual Fund?
Giving to the Annual Fund is easy.
- Click on the Donate button below.
- Under the Forms section, click on the Join PTA and Donate to Annual Giving Fund link, and you can make an online payment using your debit card, credit card or Paypal account, or submit a check payable to CVES PTA.
If Creek View has a One-Check One-Time philosophy, why do we also raise money through Basket Raffle Night and Merchant Rebates?
The answer is simple ... the more we raise, the more we can do to improve our school. Every year, the Annual Fund supports all of the programs included in our budget. Excess Basket Raffle and Merchant Rebates funds go towards “wish list” items. These are extra items or programs that fall outside of the regular operating budget. At Creek View, it is very important to strive to raise enough money to cover our budgeted items as well as wish list items.
Are spirit nights part of the Annual Fund? Why should I attend them?
The local restaurants that we partner with provide us with a portion of their sales for the night. 100% of that money goes directly into the PTA's annual fund. Yes, you should attend. They are a great way to bring the Creek View family together!
Thanks for all you do to make our school great!