FAQs

Education begins with a firm foundation… but students need more than the basics to spell success in today’s world.

Why a Foundation?

As the cost of quality public education continues to increase, the North East District’s tax-supported budget can no longer include all the enrichment that our children deserve and our taxpayers expect. To help improve this situation, the Foundation underwrites projects and programs that enhance the basic required curriculum and broaden the range of our children’s educational experience.

Where does the Foundation find the programs it underwrites?

Each spring the Foundation calls for innovative proposals for programs to be implemented the following school year. The proposals come from North East’s educators, who work with students on a daily basis – the people who know the individual educational needs of our children. The Foundation asks for a description of the program, targeted student population, degree of educational need for the program, its relation to current curriculum, any prior successful use, method of evaluation, and line-item budget. All proposals are reviewed by a Foundation committee, whose recommendations for funding are taken to the full Board of Directors for final approval.

Tax Information for Contributions

As a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, donations to NEEF are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please contact us for more information: info@northeastfoundation.org.

What types of programs receive funds from NEEF?

The Foundation considers programs which enrich the education of North East students but which cannot be funded by the District. Excluded from consideration are personnel payments, capital outlay items, awards with no educational value, and temporary items such as foods, transportation, and lodging. Funded programs have included geography, art, reading, music, history, and language enhancement materials, as well as violence prevention programs, robotics materials, computer software, and educational gardens.

Who governs the North East Educational Foundation?

The NEEF Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers – parents, educators, business partners and community leaders.

How does the Foundation pay for these programs?

It raises funds primarily through annual events, commemorative brick sales and donations from individuals and corporations. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Twenty-five percent of undesignated donations and of net gala proceeds are placed in the Foundation’s endowment fund, from which the interest is available to use far into the future for the benefit of North East students.

Donations big and small create more opportunities for NEISD students.

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