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Welcome to the Foothills School Annual Campaign!

Even though we've met our financial goal, we're still shooting for 100% participation! Please pledge to show the strength of the Foothills community!

Foothills School of Arts and Sciences covers its operating costs 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 $910 per student. Tuition only covers 89% of costs, and Foothills School gets 4% from miscellaneous funds. The fundraisers cover the remaining 7%. This "gap" is typical of independent schools.

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

  • raise $70,000 (about $455 per student)
  • 100% participation, with everyone in the Foothills community contributing

We are a small school, so every person's contribution makes a difference. As of the launch of this campaign, the Board, teachers, and administrative staff have already raised 37,223! we need the rest of the Foothills community members to participate to reach our goal of $70,000.

Bravo, Foothills! We raised $72,665!!

104%: We did it!!
 


Participation:

90%
 

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.

Give $2000 to Foothills School as a couple, and it is as if you are only spending $344!

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! For corporations, the credit maxes out at an astonishing $5000. Add this to the (roughly 25%) benefit you could get from the itemized deduction, and you can get back a lot of money.

You may want to maximize the benefits of this tax credit by dividing your Annual Campaign contribution between the 2015 and 2016 tax years.

        max. benefit  
Joint Gift to Foothills:$250$500$1000 $2,000 $5,000
Federal Taxes Saved* $62 $125 $250 $500 $1250
Idaho Taxes Saved* $20 $39 $78 $156 $390
50% back from Idaho Tax Credit$125$250$500 $1,000 $1,000
Your Out of Pocket Cost: $43 $86 $172 $344 $2,360

      max. benefit    
Individual Gift to Foothills:$250$500 $1,000 $2,000 $5,000
Benefit From Itemized Deduction* $62 $125 $250 $500 $1,250
Idaho Taxes Saved* $20 $39 $78 $156 $390
50% back from Idaho Tax Credit$125$250$500$500$500
Your Out of Pocket Cost: $43 $86 $172 $844 $2,860

    max. benefit
Corporate Gift to Foothills:** $5,000 $10,000
Benefit From Itemized Deduction* $1,250 $2,500
Idaho Taxes Saved* $390 $780
50% back from Idaho Tax Credit $2,500 $5,000
Out of Pocket Cost: $860 $1720

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

** C-corporations have a $5000 maximum tax credit.

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)

We encourage you to talk with your financial advisor or tax preparer for specifics on your own situation.

See Idaho Tax Code 63-3029A, or read instructions for form 39R (p. 24) here.

Even though your out-of-pocket cost is greatly reduced, Foothills School of Arts and Sciences receives the entire amount you donate.

Support our Culture of Giving by pledging or donating today.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Communication and Development Amanda Soza at asoza@foothillsschool.org.

Contact info:

I would like to make a pledge or donate now:

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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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For monthly payments, Melissa Olson will contact you
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Following Suit

The following are known businesses that match their employees' contributions to Foothills School. If your employer is listed, please consider making your contribution today and be sure to get the corresponding 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

The Whole Nine Yards

Foothills School of Arts and Sciences covers its operating costs 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 $910 per student. Tuition only covers 89% of costs, and Foothills School gets 4% from miscellaneous funds. The fundraisers cover the remaining 7%. This "gap" is typical of independent schools.

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

  • raise $70,000 (about $455 per student)
  • 100% participation, with everyone in the Foothills community contributing

We are a small school, so every person's contribution makes a difference. As of the launch of this campaign, the Board, teachers, and administrative staff have already raised 37,223! we need the rest of the Foothills community members to participate to reach our goal of $70,000.

Foothills School Teachers and Administrators contribute to the Annual Campaign every year.

Deadlines

We would like everyone to pledge by December 11, 2015. We need actual contributions by June 30, 2016, 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 2015 tax year's tax benefits, you can plan donations to be divided between 2015 deductions (sent in by December 31) and 2016 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.

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 mail a pledge card. You can call or email Amanda Soza, Director of Communication and Development, at asoza@foothillsschool.org 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 go to our website and pledge and donate. Feel free to call Director of Communication and Development, Amanda Soza at 208-331-9260 with any questions about the Annual Campaign or how to pledge.

The Annual Campaign Crew

This year's Annual Campaign organizers are Amanda Soza (Communication and Development Director), Molly Priest (Board Member and Development Committee Lead), The Foothills Development Committee (parent volunteers), Harriett Jastremsky (Annual Campaign Lead), and webmaster Michael Richardson. The Annual Campaign organizers work with Jon Ninneman, Head of School.

Each class has a Parent Liaison to field questions from parents to the Annual Campaign organizers. Parent Liaisons will also help you remember to pledge by our goal of December 6 with an occasional e-mail.

  • Early Learners: Kate Shaine
  • Kindergarten: Kate Shaine
  • 1–2: Hilary Dunstan
  • 3–4: Molly Priest
  • 5–6: Stephanie London
  • Junior High: Lori Shandro-Outen

Following Up

We'll be thanking people who contribute in our Foothills Weekly Newsletter each Friday. Also to give a big thanks, parents' names will be added to the big bulletin board in the front lobby. As people donate, their names will be added to class lists corresponding to their children.