Frequently Asked Questions
What is the BMEF?
What is the BMEF?
Would it make a difference if the BMEF didn't exist?
How can I justify donating money to the BMEF since I already pay taxes?
Do other public schools have foundations?
How many grants have been awarded?
Since our founding in 1995 we have granted $1.1 million through the 2018-2019 school year, we have granted $1.1 million through our grants process, large-scale initiatives, and teachers institute professional development grants. These grants have touched students in all grades and reach across all 3 schools in our district.
Who submits grant requests to the BMEF?
Most grant proposals come from our teachers and administrators. However, we also welcome requests from students and community members for resources that support the school district.
What grants have been funded by the BMEF?
The BMEF has funded grants in every academic area, including physical education and the performing arts; they are found in almost every classroom throughout our district. Talk to your children about their educational experiences and you will hear enthusiastic descriptions of inventive programs funded by the BMEF. We fund programs, equipment, technology, and experiences directly connected to curriculum that will enhance our children’s education. For a more detailed description and pictures of our grants in action, please click here. Through the Teacher’s Institute, the professional development arm of the Foundation, we also fund cutting-edge professional development opportunities that spark teacher innovation, click here to learn more.
Who decides how the money is spent?
We have a board comprised of community volunteers. The Superintendent of Schools and administrators offer input and insight to the grants committee. That feedback, along with detailed research and rigorous evaluation of each grant, is presented to the full Board for a vote. As representatives of our community and our donors, the BMEF Board members take their responsibilities very seriously. Our careful, thoughtful, and thorough consideration ensures that each grant is consistent with the BMEF mission and the goals of the school district.
Are there restrictions on what the BMEF may fund?
Yes. The BMEF may not pay directly for operating costs of the District, including faculty salaries or stipends. Technically, funded grants are gifts to the District, which must be formally accepted by the Board of Education.
Supporting the BMEF
What amount do most people give?
We have received individual donations from $10 to $10,000. Every donation is meaningful and put to good use.
My company has a matching gifts program. Will you accept matching funds?
Yes, the BMEF is happy to accept matching funds from employers. Please indicate on your donation form if your company has such a program.
Can I make a donation designated for a specific teacher, grade, department or program?
No. All donations to the BMEF go into a general account for future grant allocation. Donations made in one year will be used for grants awarded and implemented in the following year(s).
Are donations to BMEF tax-deductible?
Yes. BMEF is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law.
How can I become involved with the BMEF?
There are many ways to become involved. You can attend one of our great events, such as the winter wine tasting or the Spring Event. Check out our events page for more information. If you are interested in becoming part of the board, please contact our board president here. New board members are usually invited to join in June for the following school year.