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Lodi Unified School District’s new foundation will raise funds for sports, clubs

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:51 am, Tue Jul 12, 2011.

Got donations? Lodi Unified School District's new community foundation may be able to help.

Giving Opportunities to Kids — or GOT Kids, for short — was founded to bridge the financial gap between co-curricular activities and the 10 percent per-site cut made to activities outside of the regular classroom but sponsored by the school. In addition to sports, this includes clubs such as speech and debate, band and academic competitions such as Academic Pentathlon. These historically have been activities the district struggles to fund.

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1 comment:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:50 pm on Wed, Jul 13, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Will this "community foundation" be a non-profit? How much of the donation money will go towards the goals and projects of this foundation and will salaries be paid to board members and administrators of this foundation? Lodi News-Sentinel, perhaps during these hard economic times a study and report on non-profits and the percentage of funding that goes to fundraising and administrative costs should be conducted of those major entities here in Lodi? I use Charity Navigator and am a subscribed user through my volunteerism and find that many non-profits are registered with them and you can access public records of those organizations and see just exactly how much funding is taken off the top to satisfy the cost of fundraising and salary, building depreciation, utilities, volunteer expenses, directors' food, fuel, mileage and lodging, and see that many of these non-profits could significantly reduce their expenses by a significant amount. I suggest that any volunteer, contributor or employee of any non-profit that is registered with charitynavigator.com should research the tax return forms submitted by these agencies to see just how out of proportion those numbers are for many smaller local non-profits. I've done my research and now how about the Lodi News-Sentinel tell us really what goes on behind the scenes at these non-profits?



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