Direct Drive is the name for B.F. Day’s biggest fundraiser. This year, it runs for two short weeks – October 6 to October 17. On the 6th, students will bring home a gold envelope in their folders with a pledge card and information about how to participate (and donate if you can). Fill in your pledge card and return it to the school by October 17! Please see the FAQ below for more information Direct Drive.
In a nutshell, you can contribute by
- Writing a check, payable to B.F. Day PTSA
- Donating online
- Donating stock
- Having your company match your gift
- Returning your pledge card – even if you aren’t able to donate – to be eligible to win prizes (and maybe popsicles)
All donations are tax-deductible. And greatly appreciated.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Direct Drive Work?
How will my donation be used?
How much should I give?
What can I get just for returning my pledge card?
Can I write a check?
Can I donate online?
Can I donate stock instead of writing a check?
Is my contribution tax deductible? Will I receive a receipt?
My company will match my gift. What do I need to do?
How secure is the information I provide?
How do I make my donation at a future date, or in installments?
Is this B.F. Day’s only fundraiser?
Who should I contact with questions?
Q. How does Direct Drive work?
A. On October 6, every student will receive a Gold envelope in his or her classroom folder. This envelope contains information about the Direct Drive campaign, as well as a pledge card. Parents complete the pledge card, and return them to the classroom between October 6 and October 17. Donations can be paid all at once by check or credit card/PayPal (online at www.bfdayptsa.org), or you can indicate a date in the future when you plan to donate. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible, and can be matched by many companies in the Seattle area. Our goal is to have 100% of the cards returned, whether or not you donate.
Q. How will my donation be used?
The District and the State do not provide full funding for things B.F. Day parents have said they care about, like music, technology, curriculum enhancement, community events and classroom supplies. The PTSA budget for 2014-15 is $72,000. Most of these funds are earmarked for those “extra” programs and services that directly benefit our children in the classroom. Here’s where the program-specific funds go:
Arts: Music teacher, tile project
Enrichment: Writers in the School, Science Center, Math Night, Village Day
Computer Lab: Upkeep of school computers
Events, etc.: Family dinners, events, volunteer coordinator
Grants for classroom supplies
Q. How much should I give?
A. If you are able to give, we ask that you consider making a gift that is meaningful to you and your family. All money donated helps ensure that quality instruction and enrichment opportunities will continue throughout the school year at B.F. Day.
- For every pledge card received, $5 will be contributed to the PTSA. Even if you can’t contribute, you’ll be supporting B.F. Day just by returning your card.
- Every pledge card returned will be entered into a raffle to win one of two prizes: a free week of summer camp* graciously donated by the B.F. Day Boys & Girls Club, or a $100 gift certificate to Top Ten Toys.
- Classrooms with 90% participation (90% of pledge cards returned) win a popsicle party. Classrooms with 100% participation will enjoy an extra recess.
* Must be used during Summer 2015. Raffle is for one child for one week. Subject to availability – winner must contact B.F. Day Boys & Girls Club in May to sign up.
Q. Can I write a check? Who do I make my check out to?
A. Yes! Make your check payable to B.F. Day PTSA, include it in your gold envelope with your completed pledge card, and return it to your classroom using your child’s folder. Or, drop it in the PTSA mailbox in the B.F. Day office. You can also mail it to:
B.F. Day PTSA – Direct Drive
3921 Linden Ave N.
Seattle WA 98103
Q. Can I donate online?
A. Yes. Click on the “Donate” button on our web site (bfdayptsa.org). Our PayPal system will accept all major credit cards, or you can use your PayPal account if you have one.
Q. Can I donate stock instead of writing a check?
A. Yes. And there can be a benefit from a tax perspective as you, the donor, do not have to pay capital gains on the appreciation of the investment and you are able to take a tax deduction for the full amount, regardless of the cost basis of the stock. Interested? Email Steve Albertson (firstname.lastname@example.org), PTSA Treasurer for more information.
Q. My company will match my gift. What do I need to do?
A. Terrific! Many Seattle area companies – Microsoft, Adobe, Boeing, Google and others – match employee donations. Be sure to indicate on the pledge card that your company matches, and make sure you apply for those funds. B.F. Day PTSA is already listed as an eligible charitable organization in several (but not all) local company’s matching fund databases. In your company system, make sure that the contact information for B.F. Day PTSA is correct:
B.F. Day PTSA (might say “B.F. Day PTS King County 6 15 85″)
3921 Linden Ave N.
Seattle WA 98103
Our tax ID# (Employer Identification Number) is: 91-1348668
If the contact information is not correct or B.F. Day PTSA is not listed as an eligible charitable organization, please contact Steve Albertson (PTSA Treasurer) at email@example.com for assistance.
Q. Is my contribution tax deductible? Will I receive a receipt?
A. Yes, your contribution is 100% tax deductible. You will receive a receipt by email (preferable) or postal mail in January 2015.
Q. How secure is the information I provide?
A. All donations will be handled by the Direct Drive coordinator (Kate Hien Brown), in coordination with the PTSA treasurer (Steve Albertson). Donations online are processed using a secure server hosted by PayPal, a well-known online payment system. All information is kept strictly confidential.
Q. How do I make my donation at a future date, or in installments?A. Simply indicate this on the pledge card, and we’ll be in contact with you.
Q. Is this the only B.F. Day PTSA fundraiser?
A. No, but it’s our biggest. We have several Easy Everyday Fundraising options that you can take advantage of all year. In the spring, we will have our annual Walk N Roll event. And depending on the success of Direct Drive, we may use our Spring Fling event as an opportunity to just have a fun party (instead of raise funds as we usually do).
Q. Who should I contact with questions?
A. Kate Hien Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Monica Spain (email@example.com) are the parent volunteers coordinating Direct Drive. You can also contact B.F. Day PTSA Treasurer Steve Albertson (firstname.lastname@example.org).