Direct Drive is the name for B.F. Day’s biggest fundraiser, which runs for two short weeks this year from November 2-13. We don’t ask you to sell wrapping paper or cookie dough – we make a big ask just once a year, and B.F. Day families always respond. This year, we are working to raise more than $50,000 (up from $36,000 last year) for programs and services that benefit all B.F. Day kids.
On Monday, November 2, every B.F. Day student 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 the 13th. Please see the FAQ below for more information about Direct Drive.
In a nutshell, you can contribute by
- Writing a check, payable to B.F. Day PTSA
- Donating online
- 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)
- And, thanks to the generosity of two B.F. Day parents, for every pledge card returned, $10 will be automatically donated to B.F. Day PTSA! Turn it in!
All donations are tax-deductible. And greatly appreciated.
Thank you B.F. Day Families!
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 November 2, 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 November 3 and Friday, November 13. 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 2015-16 is $75,000. Most of these funds were 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/Performing Arts teacher, tile project
Teacher/Staff Grants: School supplies & class needs
Classroom Grants: Field trips & grade-level grants
Support: scholarships & assistance
Enrichment: Writers in the School
All-School Events: Monthly events for families
Volunteering: Coordinator stipend
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. We suggest $250, recognizing that some families will contribute more and some are unable to contribute at this time. All money donated helps ensure that quality instruction and enrichment opportunities will continue throughout the school year at B.F. Day.
Q. What can I get just for returning my pledge card?
A. We want to make this kind of fun, so there are three other benefits you’ll get if you turn in your pledge card:
- Thanks to the generosity of two B.F. Day families, for every pledge card received, $10 will be contributed to the PTSA. Even if you can’t contribute, you’ll be supporting B.F. Day just by returning your card. How can you pass this up!
- Every pledge card returned will be entered into a raffle to win some cool prizes: we have three $25 gift cards donated by the wonderful people at Top Ten Toys, and free “tuition” (for one child) to the Winter After-School activity/class of your choice. The schedule for Winter programs will be available soon.
- Classrooms with 70% participation (70% of pledge cards returned) win a popsicle party. The 2 classrooms with the highest percentage of pledge cards returned get an additional recess!
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. Not yet, but we’re working on it. If you’re interested, email Rosie Donovan (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, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others – match employee donations, and we’re already set up to receive matches in their systems. Be sure to indicate on the pledge card that your company matches, and make sure you apply for those funds. If we’re not listed in your company’s matching system, let us know and we can help. In general, here’s the information you need to provide them:
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
Please contact Rosie Donovan (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 in January 2016.
Q. How secure is the information I provide?
A. All donations will be handled by the Fundraising Chair (Monica Spain) or PTSA Board President (Steve Albertson), in coordination with the PTSA treasurer (Rosie Donovan). Donations online are processed using a secure server hosted by PayPal, a well-known online payment system.
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 also have an event in the spring to raise additional funds or just have a parent party.
Q. Who should I contact with questions?
A. Monica Spain (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the parent volunteer coordinating Direct Drive. You can also contact B.F. Day PTSA President Steve Albertson (email@example.com).