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1CALENDAR ADVISORY BHSSF hosts Inspirit, a Spring Gala benefitting Beaverton High School, April 20

WHAT:
The Beaverton High School Success Fund (BHSSF) is hosting its spring gala and fundraising dinner entitled “Inspirit,” at Urban Studio in Portland, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

With the goal of raising funds to help the school upgrade the gymnasium, provide grants for teachers and scholarships to students, establish a new engineering pathway and provide additional library resources, Inspirit is BHSSF’s largest fundraising event of the year.

“The Beaverton High School Success Fund has helped us accomplish so much for the benefit of our students, faculty and community,” said Anne Erwin, Beaverton High School principal. “We have big plans to transforming BHS into a model for 21st century high school education, and support from BHSSF is essential to make it happen.”

Inspirit will feature distinctive Northwest cuisine by Brix Tavern in Portland. To reserve a ticket or a table, visit goo.gl/D4UW7B. Inspirit is sponsored by Accenture, American International Forest Products and Vista Capital.

WHEN:
Inspirit, the BHSSF Spring Gala will be held Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

WHERE:
Urban Studio, 935 NW Davis St, in Portland

Background:
Established in 2014, BHSSF is a nonprofit organization that has raised nearly $5 million through private contributions to help make significant improvements at Beaverton High School. BHSSF focuses investments in four key areas designed to have a positive, meaningful impact on students, including academic programs, student support, technology and facilities. For more information about BHSSF, visit http://bhssuccessfund.com/

Press Coverage

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2Donor pledges $3 million to Beaverton High School Success Fund May 1, 2015
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4Another anonymous donation to Beaverton High School: $3 million May 04, 2015
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Frequently Asked Questions

1Can I earmark my donation or contributions for a specific project or purpose?
Generally, yes, as long as it falls within the Success Fund mission. If you’d like to speak with a member of the BHSSF board to discuss your philanthropic intent, please email bhssf2014@gmail.com
2Does the district have involvement in how the Success Fund money is spent?
No, Beaverton High School Success Fund is a separate, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It operates independently of the district and the high school, however, we collaborate as projects are approved and move forward to determine how they can be accomplished as efficiently and effectively as possible.
3Does the school district restrict money earmarked for the school because BHS has the Success Fund?
No. The district is very supportive of the Success Fund and BHS will continue to receive its fair share of funding, regardless of the existence of the Success Fund.
4How can I make a donation to the Success Fund?
Click the “Donate” tab and follow the instructions. Donate
5How does the Success Fund determine which programs and projects to support?
Teachers, staff, students and families generate ideas and proposals for use of Success Fund resources. These ideas form the basis of proposals the principal offers to the board for review. The goal is to fund projects that will have the greatest and most direct positive impact on students and the school consistent with the four areas of intention – academic programs, technology, student support and facilities.
6Are donations to the Success Fund tax-deductible?
Yes. The Success Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. The tax identification number is 47-2022300.
7Is there a minimum donation?
No. Every dollar matters. Donations have ranged from a one-time contribution of $50 to $50,000 over five years to a $3 million pledge over four years.
8How are you measuring success?
There is clearly a growing culture of high expectation and excellence at BHS. U.S. News & World Report recently (2016) named BHS the #15 best high school in Oregon and acknowledged the growth in the number of students taking AP courses and tests. Other signs of progress include overall school attendance being up three percent compared to last year, with every grade showing improvement. Participation in Saturday morning academic support sessions have averaged more than 50 students per week. We are adding an engineering pathway that will enroll over 100 students in the 2016-17 school year. The number of students involved in sports, performing arts and other activities is growing, many of them supported by Success Fund dollars.