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Annual Campaign

The Annual Campaign raises funds to help Irvine Schools provide each child in every school a world-class educational experience. Since 1996, IPSF has donated more than $63 million to support Irvine schools in critical areas including instructional staff salaries, music, STEAM, teacher grants, and health & wellness. 

All contributions are tax deductible, and the City of Irvine has generously committed to matching every donation to IPSF – dollar for dollar. This means that with a $50 donation, $100 will go toward your child's education. We need your support to maximize this opportunity!

When you give a gift of $50 or more, you will also receive a FREE commemorative IPSF hot/cold beverage tumbler as a token of our gratitude. In addition to the cup, our restaurant partners throughout the city will be offering FREE beverages in the coming year. The tumblers will be distributed in January, and a calendar of the beverage promotions will be sent out and posted on our website. Learn more here.

Great schools don't just happen - it takes a community dedicated to education to make a difference! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the Annual Campaign money go?

Why should I give?

How much should I give?

What it the City of Irvine match and how does it work?

Can I spread my commitment over the year?

What is the difference between PTA and IPSF?

 

Where does the Annual Campaign money go?

The Annual Campaign raises funds to help IUSD (Irvine Unified School District) provide each student in every school a world-class educational experience. Since 1996, IPSF has donated more than $63 million to support Irvine schools in critical areas including instructional staff salaries, music, STEAM, teacher grants, and health & wellness. For a detailed view of funding this year, see below.

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Why should I give?

Your participation is important. Despite being one of the lowest funded districts in the country, we are fortunate to have one of the largest educational foundations in the state and a community that values education which have worked together to bridge the gap in funding. When you contribute to IPSF, you support not only your child, but every child in IUSD by investing in their future. The success of IPSF and IUSD depends on the generous support of our entire community!

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How much should I give?

Only you can decide what level of support is right for your family. We ask that each family consider a gift of at least $50, or a monthly contribution of $20 in honor of our 20th anniversary. Whatever amount you decide is right for your family, please know that your participation at any level makes an impact!

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What is the City of Irvine match and how does it work?

The City of Irvine has generously committed to matching every donation to IPSF – dollar for dollar. This means that with a $50 donation, $100 will go toward your child's education. We need your support to maximize this opportunity! No action is required on your end to engage the match, IPSF takes care of all reporting to the City.

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Can I spread my commitment over the year?

Contributions may be setup on a reoccurring monthly basis online at www.ipsf.net. A gift paid in installments can ease the financial strain of a one-time donation and afford the donor the opportunity to make a larger contribution over time.

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What is the difference between PTA and IPSF?

Although separate organizations, IPSF and Irvine Unified Council PTA share one common goal: work with IUSD to ensure excellence in education. While PTA's primary mission is advocacy, they also raise funds to support individual schools. IPSF's primary mission is to provide programs and funding to support districtwide programs at every school. With our different structures, Irvine has great opportunities to support both and together give students what they need to succeed.

What IPSF does:

Aids in class size reduction by granting funds for staff expenses, such as salaries for instructional assistants, music specialists in K-3, high school athletic trainers, and a districtwide nursing positionProvides grants to teachers to implement innovative teaching methods and technologyWorks with corporate sponsors to help fund STEAM-related programs such as the IUSD Science Fair, Donald Bren Honors Concert and the Middle School Career ConferenceProvides quality cost efficient programs such as Summer Enrichment Academy, Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE), and Instrument RentalAll donations to IPSF are eligible to be matched by the City of Irvine

What PTA does:

Funds site-specific needs which can vary by school such as equipment and supplies, support for PE paraprofessionals, Meet the Masters art program, health clerks, media clerks and enhanced technologyFocuses on school sites, hosting assemblies, playground activities, parent education, book fairs, field trips and coordinate teacher appreciation events and Reflections ProgramSome high schools also fund areas such as software for computer programs, mini grants to teachers and Grad NightWe often get asked questions such as "Can our PTA hire more teachers to reduce class size"? and "If PTA can't hire teachers and keep our class sizes from expanding, who can?" These are great questions and we love how the PTA at one of our schools, Bonita Canyon, answers them. See http://bonitacanyonpta.com/bonita-canyon-pta-budget-and-spending-update/ for more on this topic.

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