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General Questions

What does the DPS Foundation do?
The DPS Foundation engages the entire community in support of our schools and our children:

  • We raise money. In 2014-15, we raised more than $15 million for DPS students and schools.
  • We champion public education, serving as ambassadors and advocates for DPS.
  • We build partnerships between the community and our schools, driving talent, resources and volunteers into our classrooms.
Where does the funding go?
We fund system-wide innovative and core programs in literacy, tutoring, STEM education, afterschool and athletics. Read about the impact of our funding here.
Why support Denver Public Schools?
State funding for DPS is simply inadequate to provide the resources and programs needed to help Every Child Succeed. The DPS Foundation helps fill that gap, allowing DPS to sustain and expand proven programs that might otherwise disappear from schools. By supporting the DPS Foundation, the entire community is contributing to DPS’s progress:

  • DPS has the highest rate of academic growth among Colorado’s 12 largest school districts for the third consecutive year.
  • In six years, DPS’ on-time graduation rate has risen by 24 percentage points, while dropout rates have been cut in half.
  • DPS is the fastest growing urban school district in America and the largest school district in Colorado, posting record enrollment in the past six years. The community trusts our school system and is choosing DPS as a destination for educating its children.
Why the DPS Foundation?
  • Your support has a tangible impact: better test scores, lower dropout rates and more students graduating.
  • Your support has a wide reach: serving all of the district’s nearly 200 schools and more than 92,000 children.
  • The DPS Foundation is efficient and sustainable, with a 25-year track record of measurable and successful outcomes.
  • The DPS Foundation is built and sustained by the community; individuals, businesses, alumni, parents, DPS employees and others contribute to the success of our children through the DPS Foundation. We are all DPS.
What can I do to help?
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School Partners Program: Prospective School FAQs

What is the School Partners Program?
The School Partners Program cultivates, nurtures and sustains partnerships between DPS schools and the Denver community. The program creates tailor-made partnerships between schools and businesses or community organizations. School Partners provide a combination of volunteer time, in-kind contributions and financial resources to meet the specific needs of a school. In return, Partners receive a multitude of benefits including an increased sense of pride and involvement in Denver’s public school system and the success of our next generation of leaders.
How can this program benefit my school?
Schools have many needs that Partners may be able to meet including tutoring, mentoring, reading aloud, financial sponsorships and more. In addition, working with a Partner creates outside investment and support in the success of your school. This support can lead to increased opportunities and feelings of self-worth for students, faculty and parents. It’s a great feeling knowing you have a Partner rooting for you!
How does my business partner with a school?
Visit the School Partners Program page for all the details.
How does my school receive a School Partner?
Contact the School Partners Program Director to discuss what type of Partner might be right for your school. Be prepared to discuss your school’s strengthens and challenges as well as identify areas where a Partner could be helpful. This will help the School Partners Program Director find the “right fit” for your school. It will also help us be aware of your needs and willingness to work with a Partner.
What do Partners look for in a school?
Different Partners look for different characteristics in a school, which is why the initial matching process is so important. Many Partners request schools that are located nearby to better facilitate volunteering. Other Partners may want to work with a particular age-group of students. However all Partners want the following two things: a school that truly welcomes their participation and a school that communicates in an effective and timely manner.
Do Partners offer opinions or suggestions regarding how a school is operated?
No, Partners understand that schools are the experts in educating students. Just as they would not expect the school to tell them how to operate their business, they would not tell a Principal or teacher how to best run a school. In the unlikely case this become an issue, the School Partners Program Director would help to clarify expectations and roles for the Partner.
We have a great Partner(s) at my school, but they are not officially part the School Partners Program – should they be?
First, congratulations on having a successful partnership! It is up to the school and the Partner if they want to be considered “official,” however there are some great advantages. School Partners receive special recognition in the community for their participation including being listed in the DPS Foundation’s annual report and website. Partners receive occasional emails with ideas and tips for maintaining great partnerships as well as invitations to networking events with other Partners in the community. If your Partner is interested in being considered an “official” Partner, please contact the School Partners Program Director.
What are some ways I can enhance my relationship with my Partners?
Like many volunteers, Partners like to feel appreciated! This can be accomplished with letters or artwork from students, notes from faculty and parents or with a special acknowledgment in the school newsletter or website. Inviting your Partner to sit on your CSC is also a very effective way to increase their involvement and participation in the school. Finally, remember to invite your Partner to attend celebrations in your school community such as the fall carnival, holiday music program, or TCAP celebration.

The School Partners Program also works to recognize Partners and actively looks for ways to say “thanks” and steward these important relationships. If you have a great story about a partnership in your school, please share it with us! We love to feature testimonials, photos, video and more on our website and in our emails, so please share your stories with us by contacting the School Partners Program Director.

We have several nonprofits that visit the school and provide donations or programs to our students - are these considered School Partners?
Nonprofit groups play a big role in DPS, and we are grateful for the support and resources they bring to our students, however they are not considered “School Partners” as part of this program. DPS is currently assessing the best way to recognize and support this very important constituency.

Achieve Gala

Where can I find basic event information? (Date, Time, Location, Parking)

Achieve Gala 2018 – April 18, 2018
Reception at 5:30 p.m. | Dinner & Program at 7:00 p.m.

The event is held at:
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street / Denver, CO 80202

Parking:
Hyatt Regency Denver offers both valet and self-parking options based upon availability for a fee. More information can be found on the hotel website: http://denverregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel/parking.html

Surface and street parking are also available around the area for a fee.  Please note that many meters have a one- or two-hour limit.

What is the Achieve Gala?

The DPS Foundation’s Achieve Gala benefiting DPS, draws nearly 1,000 attendees including business, civic and philanthropic leaders from the Denver community. It includes a reception and dinner, opportunities for networking, performances by DPS students, remarks by civic and school leaders, and inspiring student stories.

Who attends the Achieve Gala?

Each year the Achieve Gala draws nearly 1,000 attendees including business, civic and philanthropic leaders, DPS school leaders, teachers, and educators.

What if I cannot attend the Achieve Gala and would like to still support the DPS Foundation?

If you would like to make a donation to the DPS Foundation in lieu of attending the Achieve Gala, please click here.

Where can I learn more about being a Sponsor?

Sponsorships for Achieve Gala 2018 are no longer available.

Where can I purchase individual tickets?

Tickets to the Achieve Gala 2018 are no longer available.

I am a DPS employee, where can I purchase my ticket?

Tickets to the Achieve Gala 2018 are no longer available.

What if I am vegetarian or have special dietary needs?

All meal options at the event will be gluten-free. If you would like to request a Vegetarian or Kosher meal please email events@dpsfoundation.org by April 11th.

Is the Hyatt handicap accessible?
Hyatt Regency Denver is committed to ensuring that all of the requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act are met and exceeded. The staff is trained to accommodate guests with special needs, so that everyone has an enjoyable and safe visit. Learn more here.
Are the event charges tax-deductible?

Denver Public Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with tax ID #84-1224325. By attending the Achieve Gala, in exchange for your charitable contribution, you have received goods and/or services estimated to be $70.00 per guest. The amount of your contribution that is deductible is limited to the excess of your contribution over the total value of goods and/or services received. Tax letters will be sent as required by law.

How do I receive information about the DPS Foundation?

Click this link to join our newsletter distribution list. As a subscriber, you’ll hear from the DPS Foundation periodically on stories from DPS schools, teachers and students, special offers and events and information about the district.

I Give for Team DPS employee giving campaign

How will my gift be used?
The DPS Foundation provides critical funding to sustain and expand programs and resources in Denver Public Schools. You can designate your gift to support the program of your choice; or contribute to the area of greatest need, and the DPS Foundation will allocate your contribution where it will have the most impact.

Learn more about these programs and the impact of your gift by contacting us at info@dpsfoundation.org. You can also learn more about the DPS Foundation on this website.

I already support my school and DPS in so many other ways. Why should I give?
We know that DPS employees are already incredibly generous with their time and resources. We acknowledge and thank you for your commitment. The I Give for Team DPS campaign provides an opportunity for employees to join together to make an even greater collective impact on our students, classrooms, and schools.
Is my gift eligible as a charitable contribution?

The DPS Foundation is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, so your donation may be eligible as a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax advisor about the tax-deductibility of your gift. Gifts of $100 or more made by 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2017 for afterschool programs may be eligible for the deferred Colorado Childcare Tax Credit. Gifts of $250 or more made after 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2018 for afterschool programs may be eligible for the deferred Colorado Childcare Tax Credit. Learn more at www.dpsfoundation.org/taxcredit. Note that if you win a prize for participating in the campaign you will have received goods and services as a result of your contribution, which may impact the deductibility of your donation.

How do I contribute?

DPS employees may elect to give in the following ways:

  • Mail a check or money order with a completed form to 1860 Lincoln Street, 9th Floor, Denver CO 80203 – or stop by to see us in person!
If I am signed up for payroll deductions, do I need to submit a new form to renew my support?

DPS employees who have previously supported the Denver Public Schools Foundation through monthly payroll deduction and did not assign an end date to these deductions, do not need to fill out a new form. Your ongoing contributions are designated to the campaign, eligible for the matching funds and your name is automatically entered into the weekly prize drawings. If you did assign an end-date to your recurring donation, you may renew your gift by completing and returning the payroll deduction form.

If you are a current monthly contributor and would like to increase the amount of your gift, please complete and submit the payroll deduction form for the new amount. The DPS Foundation is grateful for your increased and continued support!

How do I get a red hat?

The red Team DPS hats are provided to all first time I Give for Team DPS donors who make a donation of at least $55. Donors who make a recurring donation are sent a hat after their cumulative donations exceed $55.

Tell me about the prizes!

To add to the fun of the campaign, Team DPS participants are eligible for great weekly prize drawings! Prizes have been donated by local businesses and organizations and include tickets to see local games, fitness and yoga classes, and more. Prizes cannot be substituted for their fair market cash value.

How do I win a prize?

By completing and submitting a payroll deduction form, making a cash contribution to the DPS Foundation, or completing and submitting a Prize Entry Form by December 8, 2017. Forms may be faxed to (720) 423-3968 or submitted in person at 1860 Lincoln Street, 9th Floor. All forms and contributions will be time stamped at the time of receipt. There is a limit of one prize per DPS employee or household. Must be 21 years of age or older to win any prize offered. No contribution is required to qualify. Joining the campaign early will increase your chances of winning a prize! Note that odds of winning are based on the number of entries. Please note that if you win a prize as a result of your participation in the campaign, you will have received goods and services as a result of your contribution, which may impact the deductibility of your donation.

How are the prizes awarded?

All gifts and entry forms received by the DPS Foundation by the deadline provided at notification will be eligible to win a weekly prize. Winners will be randomly drawn, and prize winners will be notified that day regarding the prize information and details of how to accept the prize. (All DPS Foundation staff, board members and their families are ineligible.)

How do I know if I have won a prize?

Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone. If no e-mail or phone number is provided, an alternative winner will be selected. Winners will have through deadline provided at notification to claim or decline the prize or another winner will be selected. If a winner declines a prize, no other prize will be offered. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to be recognized publicly. All prizes must be claimed in person at the DPS Foundation office, at 1860 Lincoln Street, 9th Floor.

Who is eligible for a Team DPS gift?

First time Team DPS participants who contribute $55 or more (one-time or through ongoing payroll deductions) will receive a special Team DPS gift. Gifts will be distributed through inter-district mail within two weeks of the eligible gift being received. For payroll deduction donors, the gift will be mailed once the payroll deduction total exceeds the $55 cumulative mark. Donors who contribute less than $55 may also request the gift; however, the value of the gift may affect the tax-deductibility of the donation. Please consult with your tax advisor about the tax-deductibility of your gift.

When does the Team DPS Campaign take place?

The campaign will run from November 6 – December 8, 2017. However, DPS employees may elect to contribute to the DPS Foundation at any time. Ongoing payroll deduction contributions are made year-round, with all giving totals applied to the campaign and the match.

May I support a specific school with my gift?

The DPS Foundation does not fundraise for individual schools. We recognize that Parent Teacher Associations (PTA), alumni organizations, teachers and principals, and local businesses strive to meet the individual needs of every school. The DPS Foundation supports programs that reach students across the public school system and meet over-arching needs to drive achievement and provide enrichment in all schools.

More questions?

We are here to answer them! Please contact the DPS Foundation at (720) 423-3553 or info@dpsfoundation.org at any time!