Direct Appeal FAQ

 

What is the Direct Appeal?

The Direct Appeal is PS 527’s top fundraising priority. Contributions to the Direct Appeal impact every aspect of the school, from assistance in the classroom to professional development, technology to the arts, sciences, reading and math intervention, physical education, musical programs, and test preparation.


What does it fund?

The Direct Appeal supports a robust and unique student experience at PS 527, funding items like:

  • Stand-alone, fully equipped Science Lab, Music Room, Art Studio and Library and Technology Hub with dedicated specialty teachers

  • Additional classrooms and teaching assistance to maintain a low child-teacher ratio. Specifically, there are two teaching professionals in every Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Classroom.

  • A Math Intervention Specialist for individual students in K-5 grades.

  • Support for a RTI (Response to Intervention) Space to help students succeed with reading/literacy.

  • State test prep materials for Third, Fourth, and Fifth grades.

  • Enrichment programs like 92Y, Story Pirates, Mathletics/Raz Kids, Pea Pods and school-wide clubs

  • Physical Education instructor and equipment, Asphalt Green recess coaches and staff

  • Smartboard licensing, technology and classroom upgrades (furniture, rugs and equipment)


Why is the Direct Appeal so important?

You may not know DOE “Fair Student Funding,” the main source of money for most schools, does not fund many of the valuable enrichment programs offered to our children. Parent contributions help bridge these gaps and play a critical role in enhancing our children's educational experience.


How much am I expected to give?

The suggested donation from District 2 schools is $1,200 per child. We ask that you contribute an amount that is meaningful to you and your family, keeping in mind the number of children you have at PS 527.


I can’t give very much. Will my donation be meaningful?

Each contribution, no matter the size, makes a significant difference to our school. Your donation will also count toward a high participation rate.


Why is 100 percent participation so important?

100% participation sends a powerful message that we are ALL committed to our school, our teachers, our students, and our educational mission to prepare today’s students with the 21st Century academic and social-emotional skills they need for success tomorrow.

A high level of participation may also support outside funding for our school. For example, high participation rates are considered when applying for grants.


Who is asked to contribute to the Direct Appeal?

We are asking everyone that is considered part of the PS 527 community to contribute to the Direct Appeal – parents of current students and alumni, grandparents, family members and friends are all encouraged to participate.


Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, Direct Appeal donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


What is the Tax ID Number?

The Employer Identification Number (EIN) for P.S. 527 PTA, Inc is 84-2226667.


Do you accept employer matching funds?

Yes. Please check with your employer to see if they offer matching gift programs. Often, companies will match employee and employee spouses gifts up to one year after the date of donation.


How do I make my contribution?

You can donate here or you can provide a check made out to “PS 527 PTA” (with your child’s name and class written on it). If you donate online, you can either make a one-time donation or choose to donate on a monthly basis.