Matching Gifts vs. Out-of-Pocket Donations
Associated "Benefits" Based on Levels of Giving Reached
Our policy concerning levels of giving and incentives for doing so mirrors what the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) allows an individual to deduct as a charitable contribution. Corporate matching gifts are not recognized by the IRS as an individual's charitable contribution.
Another reason for this policy is that if another Gateway parent gives the same amount, but is self-employed and/or does not work for a company that offers a matching gift program, that parent is equally generous in the view of our non-profit organization. In order words, we don't believe a special benefit should be awarded to those givers who happen to work for a company that provides a matching gift benefit that is not available to those who don't work for such a business.
Credits, benefits, recognition and awards are based on the person's individual sacrifices and generosity. In addition to recognizing individuals for their generosity, we also recognize those corporations and organizations which are also generous in support of our school mission.
We would hope that the reason for a giver to request a company match (should such exist) is because it is available and will BENEFIT THE SCHOOL, THEIR CHILD AND ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN GATEWAY. Corporate matching gifts are a vital source of revenues that help Gateway College Prep to make up just some of the funding shortfall with which public charter schools have to deal.
Advertising Opportunities vs. Charitable Donations....Keeping Them Separate
There are several advertising and/or marketing opportunities for area businesses to take advantage of including our school's enrolled student families. Examples are advertising on a banner or scorer's table lighted panels in our Auxiliary Gym.
However, In order for parents to do so, they must first be contributors to the Annual Gator Fund at the $1,200 per year level (minimally) annually. That is because our organization does not want parents to "substitute" advertising payments in lieu of contributions to the Annual Gator Fund, which benefits the school's academic programs, extracurricular offerings and school faculty compensation (i.e. competitive salaries to attract and retain quality teachers).
At Gateway College Prep, we respect the privacy of our donors and are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all fundraising efforts. We will not share, loan, trade, rent, or sell our donor list to other organizations. We collect and use information about our donors including name, address, phone number, email address, mailing preferences, and giving history. This information is kept on file for IRS purposes and is used by our Development Office to analyze overall giving patterns in order ot make more accurate budget projections and plan for the future. Information on our donors is password-protected and may only be accessed by individuals who need such information to perform their assigned duties.