What We Do
Q: What is the difference between a PTO, Adopt A Class and the MSOA Foundation?
A: PTO is a parent-teacher organization that funds teacher appreciation (staff luncheons, treats, etc.) and individual grant requests. Adopt A Class gives specific teachers unrestricted funds to purchase classroom items. These funds only serve one teacher’s class and do not fund the artist in residence program, department or school wide needs.
The Foundation typically funds approximately $150,000 annually for larger school-wide requests, department needs and the artist in residence program. Typically the Foundation funds approximately $90,000 in artist in residence needs and approximately $60,000 in both arts and academic classroom supplies from mobile laptop labs to sophisticated lighting for our state of the art theatre, to musical instruments, dance costumes, textbooks, underwriting under privileged student’s class fees, and much more.
Q: Is the MSOA Foundation a “not for profit?"
A: Yes. The MSOA Foundation is a 501©3 non profit. Our tax ID Number is 31-166 0977. We are a separate legal entity from Bak MSOA, the PTO and Adopt A Class, etc. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Q: Does the MSOA Foundation qualify for my employer’s matching grant program?
A: Please inquire with your employer. Many companies do match employee donations to the Foundation but every program is different. Some companies have restrictions on donations to elementary or middle schools. If you provide contact information or program forms we are happy to coordinate with your program staff.
Q: What does the MSOA Foundation do?
A: The Foundation is a group of parents and community members dedicated to developing permanent resources to support excellence in both arts and academics at Bak by fundraising, grant writing, providing volunteer support, and raising awareness. Our Mission. Our events.
Q: Who is on the Foundation Board?
A: Foundation Directors are voted on each year at the annual meeting by the general membership and are Bak parents, arts patrons and concerned community members.
Q: Can I serve on the Board?
A: Directors are recruited each spring, nominated by the nominating committee and voted on at the annual meeting each August. If interested in serving on the board you must submit your resume electronically by the due date. Board members are required to commit to: attending monthly meetings, contributing $1,000 in board dues annually, serving on committees, attending and promoting Foundation events and fundraisers, assisting in raising funds for Bak MSOA. Our goal is to have a very diverse board representative of our school and community