Educational Institutions

Friends of Quaker Valley Schools

  • Sewickley, PA
  • www.qvsd.org

Mission Statement

Encourage academic excellence in grades 5-12 with awards and scholarships. Recognize teachers and staff for distinguished service. Fund programs to benefit the Quaker Valley School District students, and overall support the students to succeed academically.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships to QVSD Senior graduating students
  2. After-School Art/Robotics Program for the QVSD students
  3. After- School Community Worker for the QVSD students
  4. Monetary Year-end awards for graduating QVSD students in all four schools
  5. Athletic Programs supporting the QVSD students
  6. Distinguished QVSD Staff awards

ruling year

1978

Principal Officer

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EIN

25-1330289

 Number

3956359190

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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FRIENDS OF QUAKER VALLEY SCHOOLS was awarded their EITC status this past year and will be allowed to solicit companies who meet the tax requirement, to receive up to a 90% tax credit, up to $700,000. We will continue to fund raise with events, major gifts, and our annual appeal. We want to be able to fund additional programs, specifically the Art/Robotics program. We would like to start a Planned Giving program and find qualified individuals to lead this effort. Additionally, we would like to be able to fund more programming for the district and increase our annual giving by at least 25%. This past year we set up a Paypal option on the web-site which made it easier for donors to donate. We started a QVSD payroll deduction program which brings in approx. $2,500 annually. We are looking to increase this to $3,600 this year. Last year we funded more than $100,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors, $50,000 for new exercise equipment at the Middle School Wellness Center, $3,600 in Distinguished QVSD Staff awards, and $2,000 in year-end awards for the four district schools. This year we have funded the wrestling program to be able to buy new mats, and the hockey program to buy new JV uniforms. We would like to fund additional programs for our outstanding students.

Programs

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Program 1

Scholarships to QVSD Senior graduating students

Scholarships for graduating Seniors.

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Program 2

After-School Art/Robotics Program for the QVSD students

The Art/Robotics program allows students to work after school on art projects that include studio-life, as well as, technological robots that perform various jobs. The program emphasizes mentoring by the older students with the younger. It promotes healthy competition, teamwork, mentoring, creativity, and leadership.

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Program 3

After- School Community Worker for the QVSD students

Our community worker is dedicated to helping our students make healthy, productive, after-school choices in activities to avoid at-risk behaviors. He helps mentor the students with academics, peer relationships, parent involvement, and future goals. Since its inception, hundreds of students have been helped to join sports and activities, lead a healthy lifestyle, and commit to their academics, all of which leads to academic success.

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Program 4

Monetary Year-end awards for graduating QVSD students in all four schools

Year-end awards for the graduating students from all four of the QVSD schools. The year-end awards for academics, athletic success, technology, and the arts, to name a few, have been invaluable in promoting students to work hard and be diligent in their studies. The students appreciate the value in their success and are rewarded for their hard work.

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Program 5

Athletic Programs supporting the QVSD students

Athletic programs such as, hockey, wrestling, soccer, football, baseball, etc. are a necessary component to the success of our students. We recognize the importance of promoting and underwriting athletics, and the significant positive impact that it has on our students.

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Program 6

Distinguished QVSD Staff awards

We underwrite and hold an annual Distinguished Staff Awards Ceremony to honor six of our outstanding QVSD staff. We recognize the importance of our teachers and the high standards that they hold themselves and their students to achieve. We have the highest quality of staff and their impact on our students is invaluable.

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Funding Needs

Our most pressing needs are as follows: FRIENDS OF QUAKER VALLEY SCHOOLS needs to find volunteers willing to approach and solicit companies and individuals to donate major gifts, and chair events. The foundation needs to find qualified board members willing to work hard for the students and fund raise for their future. We are in need of an expanded database into the community. Additionally, we would like to start an email database.

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FRIENDS OF QUAKER VALLEY SCHOOLS
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Friends of Quaker Valley Schools

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Principal Officer

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STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As President of the FRIENDS OF QUAKER VALLEY SCHOOLS Education Foundation, I believe that we are a unique organization because we are one the first successful Education Foundations in Southwestern PA to support our students academically through fund raising. What is unique is that we have a wonderful partnership with our school district. They understand the importance of our organization to fund raise for programs and scholarships that are not supported by our tax dollars. No longer can we rely on tax dollars alone to fund everything we need for our students. With an increase in technological advancements, increased global awareness and participation by our students, and an overall increase in sports and after-school activities which helps our students avoid at-risk behaviors, it is imperative that we recognize the importance of our fund raising and underwriting capabilities. Our students are hard-working, diligent in their studies, technologically astute, and academically successful. We owe it to our students to work hard to fund raise on their behalf to help keep them competitive, committed, and challenged. Dorothy J. Pollon M.B.A., J.D. - President FRIENDS OF QUAKER VALLEY SCHOOLS"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Dorothy Pollon M.B.A.,J.D.

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