As budget cuts strain schools and school systems across the country, more districts are looking for ways to bring in much needed funding on their own. Union County schools are no exception and have been forced to make budget adjustments for several years in response to reduced federal, state and county support.
However, the need for more and improved educational initiatives has never been greater as our young people prepare to take their place as responsible citizens in a global community. Wouldn't it be nice to have a million dollars for a technology initiative? How about half a million for an arts program? This doesn't have to be wishful thinking. With drive, commitment, and hard work, these goals can be achieved if area business, concerned citizens and other private sector initiatives raise their hand and make it happen.
The best vehicle for this is a separate, independent non-profit foundation that can respond quickly to needs and offer the flexibility to underwrite new cutting edge programs. These community based and governed organizations allow stakeholders to have a voice and an active part in charting the future path for their schools. As bad as budget cuts may be, the good news is that there is money out there, and donors are interested in supporting education. To prove it, look to the history of fundraising in public colleges and universities. For years, colleges and universities have faced budget shortfalls, and yet they have survived and thrived on fundraising efforts. They seek out individual giving, corporate and foundation grants and raise billions of dollars each year.
Public schools now have to do the same in order to provide the best quality schools for their students - hence, the birth of the Union County Education Foundation. Governed by a thirteen member board of directors, made up of volunteer community leaders, the foundation will provide the needed funding for technological advancements, classroom enhancements and educational programs for Union County public schools, students and teachers for generations to come with your support.