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Welcome to the Foothills School Annual Campaign!

The cost of educating our students at Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is covered with tuition and two annual tax-deductible fundraising events: the Fall Annual Campaign and the Spring Auction Party. This year's fundraisers need to raise $940 per student. Tuition only covers 89% of the total cost of educating our students. Our annual fundraisers cover the other 11% (roughly $940 per student). This "gap" is typical of independent schools.

Help us to meet these two goals for the Annual Campaign:

  • raise $70,000
  • 100% participation, with everyone in the Foothills community contributing


Participation:

Our goal is 100% participation from families. We have 100% participation from Faculty, Administration, and the Board!


Contributions:

$68,200 (97%)

Includes 5 workplace matches, 6 grandparent families, and 3 alumni!

(The next weekly update on our numbers will be after Thanksgiving break.)

You can pledge or donate with a check, credit card, cash, or with your Foothills account. You can make a single payment or monthly contributions over the course of the next 9 months.

Be sure to read about the Idaho Education Tax credit. You may be able to give more than you think.

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Use the Idaho Education Tax Credit: Giving to Foothills School costs less than you may think.

There are few tax opportunities like this. The State of Idaho gives you half your contribution back as a tax credit — up to $500 for individuals, or $1000 for couples! If you itemize deductions, you can get back even more since, on both Idaho and federal forms, you can claim the gift as a charitable contribution. Even though your out-of-pocket cost is greatly reduced, Foothills School of Arts and Sciences receives the entire amount you donate.

          max. benefit  
Joint Gift to Foothills: $100 $250 $500$1000 $2,000 $5,000
50% back from Idaho Tax Credit$50$125$250$500 $1,000 $1,000
federal faxes saved* $25 $62 $125 $250 $500 $1250
Idaho taxes saved* $8 $20 $39 $78 $156 $390
Your Out of Pocket Cost: $17 $43 $86 $172 $344 $2,360

        max. benefit    
Individual Gift to Foothills: $100 $250 $500 $1,000 $2,000 $5,000
50% back from Idaho Tax Credit $50 $125 $250 $500 $500$500
federal taxes saved* $25 $62 $125 $250 $500 $1,250
Idaho taxes saved* $8 $20 $39 $78 $156 $390
Your Out of Pocket Cost: $17 $43 $86 $172 $844 $2,860

* These deduction numbers use a 25% income tax bracket, using itemized deductions, for federal taxes, and a 7.8% tax bracket for Idaho.

  • Back in 2010 after the "great recession" the federal government partnered with states to help people to continue to give charitably — especially to nonprofit schools like Foothills.
  • This tax credit program will continue through tax year 2019.
  • Especially if you are considering giving more than $1000 per tax-payer, you may want to maximize the benefits of the tax credit by dividing your Annual Campaign contribution between the 2016 and 2017 tax years.
  • See Idaho Tax Code 63-3029A, download form 39R, or read instructions (p. 24) here.

The instructions for the Idaho income tax form reads:

If you donated cash to qualified educational entities, you may claim a tax credit. Donation of goods or services don't qualify. ...[T]he credit is limited to the smallest of:

  • one-half of the amount donated,
  • 50% of the tax on Form 40, line 21,
  • $500 ($1,000 on a joint return)

Support Foothills School by pledging or donating today.

If you have any questions, please contact Molly Priest at priest.molly@gmail.com.

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If you would like to pay another way in order to maximize tax credit/deductions, or for some other reason, contact Foothills School bookkeeper Melissa Olson at molson@foothillsschool.org. You can also pledge by calling Katie McClay at the front desk at (208) 331-9260.

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Following Suit

The following are known businesses that match their employees' contributions to Foothills School. If your employer is listed, or if you have your own company, your contribution can be matched! You will need to get the corporate match form from them. If they're not listed, inquire to see whether they can do corporate matching. Remember: Corporations also benefit from the Idaho Education Tax Credit!

  • Ada County Association of Realtors Foundation
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
  • Allendale Insurance
  • ATT
  • Bank of America
  • Bechtel
  • CenturyLink Foundation
  • Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation
  • ConocoPhillips
  • D.A. Davidson
  • DirecTV
  • Gannett Communities Foundation
  • General Electric
  • H. J. Heinz/Ore-Ida Company Foundation
  • Hewlett-Packard Corporation
  • Home Depot Foundation
  • Intermountain Gas Industries Foundation
  • Intel
  • Key Bank
  • KPMG
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Merrill Lynch Foundation
  • Micron Technology Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Piper Jaffray Foundation
  • REI
  • Sara Lee Foundation
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • State Farm Insurance
  • U.S. Bank Foundation
  • U.B.S. Foundation
  • United Parcel Service
  • Verizon Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
    max. benefit
Corporate Gift to Foothills:** $5,000 $10,000
50% back from Idaho Tax Credit $2,500 $5,000
Benefit From Itemized Deduction* $1,250 $2,500
Idaho Taxes Saved* $390 $780
Out of Pocket Cost: $860 $1720
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The Whole Nine Yards

The cost of educating our students at Foothills School of Arts and Sciences is covered with tuition and two annual tax-deductible fundraising events: the Fall Annual Campaign and the Spring Auction Party. This year's fundraisers need to raise $940 per student. Tuition only covers 89% of the total cost of educating our students. Our annual fundraisers cover the other 11% (roughly $940 per student). This "gap" is typical of independent schools.

Help us to meet these two goals for the Annual Campaign:

  • raise $70,000
  • 100% participation, with everyone in the Foothills community contributing

A special thank you to all of Foothills School faculty, administrators, and board members who contribute to the Annual Campaign every year. Board members are: David Betts, Lancer Erwin, Tim Fearnside, Patty Forbes, Tim Guill, Marla Henken, Greg MacMillan, Molly Priest, Page Shafer, Lori Shandro-Outen, Jennifer Swartz (chair), Michael Tapia, and Will Wardwell.

Deadlines

We would like everyone to pledge by December 9, 2016. We need actual contributions by June 30, 2017, the end of Foothills School's fiscal year.

Idaho Education Tax Credit

In addition to being a write-off (if you use the itemized deduction on your taxes), Idaho will give you back 50% of your contribution, up to $500 per individual or $1000 for couples.

Please take a look at our tax credit page to learn more.

We encourage you to talk with your financial advisor or tax preparer for specifics on your own situation. For more details, see Idaho Tax Code 63-3029A, or read instructions for form 39R here.

Splitting Tax Year

If it seems that you will be maxing out the 2016 tax year's tax benefits, you can plan donations to be divided between 2016 deductions (sent in by December 31) and 2017 deductions (which we need by June 30).

Corporate Matching

Does your company match gifts employees make to schools? See our partial list of Idaho companies that do corporate matching here. Your company might match your gift, especially since corporations can also take advantage of the Idaho Education Tax Credit — up to $5000!

Large Donations

You may be considering a significant donation: Parents have contributed as much as $25,000 in the past. Head of School Jon Ninneman is always available to meet with you. Arrange a time to meet with him by emailing him at jninneman@foothillsschool.org or calling the school, at (208) 331-9260, and Katie will put you through to Jon or his voicemail.

Small Donations — Participation Counts

There are many reasons to have 100% participation from parents. Among these, educational foundations give grants to schools that are strong. When every parent at Foothills Schools contributes something to the Annual Campaign, Foothills can show that it is a committed school worthy of grant funding. The participation rate of our community is a reflection of the engagement and cohesiveness of our community, and makes an impactful outward facing statement.

No donation is too small. Foothills uses every dollar to meet the needs of the school.

Extended Family

Extended family often make donations. Many grandparents would like to contribute to Foothills School. We are happy to contact them. You can call or email Molly Priest at priest.molly@gmail.com with a relative's contact information. Or you can give a family member this website address (https://give.foothillsschool.org) to make an online pledge or donation.

How to pay?

This can happen in a lot of ways. You can write a check to Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, memo Annual Campaign. Or, Foothills bookkeeper Melissa Olson can arrange a monthly automatic draft with your bank. Melissa can bill your Foothills account. She can run your credit card. You can also use this website to pledge and donate. Feel free to call Molly Priest, Foothills board Chair of Development at 208-621-6215 with any questions about the Annual Campaign or how to pledge.

The Annual Campaign Crew

This year's Annual Campaign organizers are Harriett Jastremsky (Annual Campaign Chair), Molly Priest (Chair of Development), The Foothills Development Committee (parent volunteers), and webmaster Michael Richardson. The Annual Campaign organizers work with the support of the Administration and Board of Trustees.

Each class has a Class Rep to field questions from parents to the Annual Campaign organizers. These reps will also help you remember to pledge by our goal of December 9 with an occasional e-mail.

  • Early Learners: Joanna Madden & Jessica Gradhandt
  • Kindergarten: Amy Yost
  • 1–2: Aliyah Guill
  • 3–4: Tina Mullins
  • 5–6: Laura Squyres
  • Junior High: Zeynep Hansen