Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the Goals of the PTA?
-The PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
Q: I am interested in donating, but not sure about time commitment.
-Donating to or purchasing a PTA Membership, does not commit you to volunteering or participating in the PTA. Though, we welcome your help; consider volunteering at one of our events or programs.
Q: When I join, why do I belong to our State and National PTA? What does it mean to be a member?
-Though each individual PTA is locally run to best meet the needs of their students, the network of council, district, regional, state PTAs and National PTA provides training, information, programs, and services to its members in addition to advocating for children on state and national levels. When you donate, the first $5.60 is used to pay higher PTA Membership dues
Q: Will my donation only be used for Pacific Sky?
-YES! All donations received are used for Pacific Sky School and its students. The funds are not "pooled" or shared with other schools in our district.
Q: What will my funds be used for?
-Donations are used for teacher mini grants, school enhancements, programs, and fun events for our students.
Q: What is the difference between this campaign and the DMSEF STEAM+ campaign?
-The two campaigns are both really important, but completely separate. The PTA's membership drive helps fund our teachers, school enhancements, programs, and events etc. DMSEF raises money to specifically support the district's STEAM+ teachers. Here are some examples: The PTA Pays for the Field Day and DMSEF pays for the PE teacher. The PTA pays for the innovations supplies and DMSEF pays for the Innovation Teacher.
Q: Can I write off my donation on my taxes?
-YES! The Pacific Sky PTA is a non profit 501(c)3 organization. You will get information on your emailed receipt after submitting your donation that you can provide to your accountant.
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Q: Will my company match my donation?
-Many companies will match donations. To do corporate matching, please check with your company's corporate matching policies and procedures. The total amount of your, ‘donation, all family memberships, and even your volunteer hours’ can be applied for a match. Our official name is "Pacific Sky PTA" and our EIN is 88-2618006. If you cannot find us in your company’s database, please contact Ritu Singla, the PTA President (firstname.lastname@example.org). Corporate matching systems we have registered with are:
CyberGrants: Qualcomm, Novartis, J&J etc
Benevity: Apple, Google, Illumina, Intuit, Oracle, Agilent, etc
NPOconnect: Viasat, etc
Bright Funds: Cisco, etc
Giving/Membership levels are based on the amount you donate on Totem, not including the company match portion