Lodi Unified School District is realizing its goal of bringing more money into district coffers.
The Giving Opportunities to Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization run by the district to raise funds for school supplies, sports teams and extracurricular activities, is off to a running start.
GOT Kids will seek donations from parents and other community members for programs like band, speech and debate, and classroom technology. At Tuesday's meeting, the board of directors appointed five community directors and elected four officers.
Additionally, the foundation tied up some loose ends required by the IRS before they will approve the group's nonprofit status as a 501(c)3. The official status is critical to fundraising goals because it allows all donations to be tax deductible. Art Hand, acting as agent of the foundation, expects the approval to arrive in mid-January 2012.
At first, the foundation's board of directors was limited to current members of the Lodi Unified board of trustees. But it was important to the board to include community members as well.
Resumes for the director positions were gathered informally, then rated on a one to five scale by the original board members to narrow it down.
"Beyond the folks who sit on the dais, we are going to need a large contingent of people willing to help," said Hand at a recent foundation meeting.
Board members are enthusiastic about the ability to raise funds through the GOT Kids Foundation.
"This is going to bring back and enhance a lot of things that we've lost, like field trips," said board member Bonnie Cassel, as she thanked district officials for their work in bringing the foundation to fruition. "This will be a great endeavor for our history."
Art Hand and superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer will serve as resources and advisers to the foundation, but hold no official capacity and are not voting members.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 7, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.
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