WHO is The Museum School Foundation?
We are supporters. We are the ambassadors of our children’s success – the parents, grandparents, neighbors, teachers and friends that provide a launching pad for their future.
We are investors. The Museum School is a homegrown community school built with passion and innovation to serve each precious, unique and inquisitive child. We invest our time, money, passion and ideas to create an environment that inspires excellence.
We are champions. We love TMS and it’s contagious. Our grassroots efforts built a true school-community partnership with tremendous support from private citizens, local businesses, and parents. The school is now a central focus for a community greater than the sum of its parts.
WE ARE CURATORS. Widely recognized as an institution with the courage to foster exploration, discovery and creativity among its students through innovative teaching, The Museum School has been on a steep trajectory of success since it was founded in 2010. We are building on the success of the families who helped create and shape this special institution. We are committed to continuing the school’s legacy by providing the financial support necessary to sustain the unique, inclusive and real-world educational opportunities it provides for this generation and those to come.
WHAT does The Museum School Foundation do?
Each year, the school successfully operates on the annual per-student allotment we receive from the DeKalb County School District. This means that all of our instructional and operating costs are covered. However, that allocation DOES NOT cover renovations and capital improvements to our facilities. We depend on our community – including parents, teachers, staff, grandparents and other friends of our school to help us meet this financial need. The Foundation is the vehicle for these fundraising efforts.
The Museum School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) governed by a board of directors consisting entirely of volunteers. The Foundation Board works closely with The Museum School Board to identify needs and priorities, and ensure all of the money raised through the Foundation is allocated to the designated projects. Since its formation in 2011, The Museum School Foundation has raised millions of dollars to successfully fund the required renovation of the existing school facilities. The Foundation will continue to support the school as it grows and seeks new ways to better serve its students and the community.
To quote Principal Kelbaugh: “The Museum School is different. Our school is where innovation and a cutting-edge model are nestled against an inviting school culture and a welcoming school community. Where challenging goals are set and exceeded and kids’ dreams are developed and fostered.”
Few charter schools have moved so far, so fast. Our test scores are proving that our methods are working. Our students are explorers, charting a new course in education. Your support helps us to continue to transform the lives of our students and enhance our role as one of the most innovative, inspirational schools in the country.
HOW do I become a Curator?
There are many ways to give. Monetary donations are accepted as a one-time gift, recurring gifts, or a pledge to our 2017-2018 Curator Circle Annual Fund. Leveraging your corporate connections is a great way to bolster your donations – many companies offer employees matching charitable giving programs. In-kind and other non-monetary donations of services to the Foundation are also welcomed. We ask that you pledge a gift in an amount meaningful to you. Every pledge makes a difference.
The Museum School Foundation is a non-profit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Your donation to the Foundation may qualify for an income tax deduction in accordance with Federal and/or State income tax laws. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part.
WHERE does my money go?
In the past few years, generous private funding from many sources has allowed The Museum School to complete required renovations on its school buildings, the oldest of which dates to the 1950s. With all five phases of the initial renovation plan funded, we turn to the next big adventure – a state-of-the-art media center necessary to meet county requirements and provide superior educational resources to a growing student population. Money raised by the Foundation’s 2018-2019 Curator Circle annual fund will be allocated towards the Inspiring Excellence capital campaign for the new media center. With your help, we will build our students a world-class media center that will serve as a model for other schools and inspire a generation of young scholars in their pursuit of personal excellence.