Giving to Raleigh Charter High School – Frequently Asked Questions

Raleigh Charter High School counts on financial support of the Phoenix Fund and the Foundation Fund to supplement our annual state and county funding and to help us reach long-term goals. Thebrochurevideoand following FAQ are offered to increase understanding of charter school economics and our fundraising needs.

The Phoenix Fund is our annual appeal for operational support. It pays for today.Gifts to the Phoenix Fund support the current fiscal year by supplementing the limited annual per-pupil funds received for each student. Charter schools do not receive capital funds for their land and building.

Support of the Phoenix Fund allows us to keep classes small and well-supplied. Generous giving to the Phoenix Fund ensures students can benefit from new textbooks, a low class and school enrollment, and upgraded science and technology equipment. Every donated dollar will be carefully used, will be greatly appreciated, and will directly benefit our students and the teachers they love.

The annual appeal for financial donations begins every August. Our 2017-2018 goal is $325,000 by March 30, 2018. This goal is easily attainable with strong support from the RCHS community.

We ask everyone -everyfamily,everyyear – to contribute. We do NOT ask our students to do fundraising through the sale of popcorn, candy, wrapping paper, etc. Those programs designate only a small percentage of your cost to our school.

What is the Foundation Fund?The Foundation Fund is an ongoing fundraising initiative for support of teachers and classrooms.

The Foundation Fund pays for the aspirations of tomorrow and secures the school for our future students. Contributions to the Foundation Fund will steadily and sustainably increase compensation for our dedicated faculty so that RCHS salaries remain competitive with the top Wake County salary scale. Improved compensation will be used to support our current teachers and allow us to attract and retain the best new teachers. The Foundation Fund will also replenish reserves when they are used for major building maintenance (roof, chiller, HVAC, windows.)

For more information, please read theFoundation Fundpage. If you have questions about the Foundation Fund or would like additional information please complete theOnline Contact Form.

Please use a Foundation Fundpledge formto make a gift or a pledge payable over multiple years.

Help us reach ourPhoenix Fundgoal by March 30, 2018.

If you can do more, also contribute to theFoundation Fund.

Encourage extended family and alumni to support RCHS.

Can you just tell me what to give?We ask that every family participate in the life of the school and in financial support of the school. Every family situation is different and every familys contribution will be different. We ask all families to make a stretch level gift.

Why does a charter school need to raise money?Raleigh Charters revenue comes from fixed per-pupil allotments from North Carolina and varying per-pupil funds from the counties where our students reside. The average per-pupil amount received from state and county funding is projected to be about $7,400. These limited dollars are provided for instructional expenses (such as textbooks, supplies for each department, Flex and Community Work Day programs, technology, arts.) However, charter schools do not receive funds for their land or building. Charter schools do not receive Education Lottery proceeds. We must stretch instructional funds to cover building costs (about $100/month/student).

To manage this annual funding challenge, we ask for support of our Phoenix Fund fromeveryfamily,everyyear. Our administrators and Board of Directors work diligently to use per-pupil funds and Phoenix Fund contributions as efficiently as possible. In addition, great savings are realized by not having a gym, cafeteria, or library.

How does this funding compare locally and nationally?A quick scan of public school budgets and private school tuitions will show the true cost of a high school education. A review of national public school funding tells us even more. North Carolina, the primary source of our per-pupil allotments, is ranked 43rd in the nation in K-12 per-student education funding (2017 NEA report of 2016 Rankings and Estimates). Compared to other states, our per-pupil funding is low.

All gifts are tax deductible, are greatly appreciated, and will be carefully used.