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1COMMUNITY BOOSTS BEAVERTON HIGH SCHOOL SUCCESS
BEAVERTON, Ore.—The Beaverton High School Success Fund (BHSSF), a nonprofit organization benefiting Beaverton High School, announced that it raised over $125,000 at the 2019 Inspirit event held on April 17. With more than 180 people in attendance, the money raised will directly benefit Beaverton High School. BHSSF funds are used to enrich the educational experience by helping to set up students for success. Funds raised through BHSSF are allocated for four major priorities: Academic programs, Student support, Technology and improvement to Facilities.

In just three years, school updates made possible by BHSSF funding include major renovations of the BHS library, gym, weight room, staff room, the student center and community room, and college and career center. BHSSF also provides annual support and resources for homeless and low-income students, awards individual scholarships and helps purchase updated technology and computers for the school, as well as funding for innovative projects such as extra-curricular activities for summer sports; band, choir and drama camps and field trips for learning activities outside the classroom, grants for classroom innovation, and student grants to support the school culture.

Additionally, BHSSF support has allowed for expanded educational pathway programs for students, including digital media, health careers, engineering, and education.

“BHS is in a time of transformation. We are working to become the school that our vision calls us to be - where ALL students will graduate, prepared for, confident in and excited about the futures they choose. The Success Fund gives us the additional and sustainable resources to do so. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our community and sponsors.” - Dr. Anne Erwin, Beaverton High School principal.

Thank you to the following community sponsors and supporters who value the next generation of leadership and understand the importance of investing in their future: Porsche Beaverton, Audi Beaverton, Accenture, Vista Capital Partners, and American International Forest Products. Other contributions included generous donations from Stephanie Inn, DeCarli Restaurant, Portland Timbers and Thorns Ransom Winery, Garden Home Market Place Bakery, the Reser Family and keynote speaker and supporter Joey Harrington

Since its inception in 2014, the BHSSF has raised over $5 million for Beaverton High School. Thanks in part to involvement and support from the community, BHS also has achieved a 9% increase in graduation rates since that time.

For more information about BHSSF and how to get involved, visit http://bhssuccessfund.com/
2BEAVERTON HIGH SCHOOL GETS $130,000 BOOST FROM BHSSF 2018 INSPIRIT FUNDRAISING EVENT
BEAVERTON, Ore.—The Beaverton High School Success Fund (BHSSF), a nonprofit organization benefiting Beaverton High School, announced that it raised a total of $130,000 at 2018 Inspirit held on April 26, a record-breaking amount for group’s annual spring fundraising event. With more than 175 people in attendance this year’s event, the amount raised will directly benefit Beaverton High School. BHSSF funds are used to help support academic programs, improve facilities, and support students and teachers at the high school.

BHSSF funding helps address the school’s biggest needs, both short and long term. In just three years, school updates made possible by BHSSF funding include major renovations of the BHS library, gym, weight room, staff room, the student center and community resources room. BHSSF also has provided support and resources for homeless and low-income students, awarded individual scholarships and helped purchase updated technology and computers for the school. Additionally, BHSSF support has allowed for expanded educational pathway programs for students, including digital media, health careers and engineering.

“BHSSF is working to make a positive, meaningful impact on the lives of all BHS students by helping transform the school into a true 21st century learning environment,” said Joth Ricci, vice president of the BHSSF board of directors. “From individuals and families to local companies, the outpouring of support for the school from the community has been amazing.”

Major sponsors and supporters of 2018 Inspirit event include Bales & Lamb’s Marketplace, Accenture, Vista Capital Partners, Audi Beaverton, Porsche Beaverton and American International Forest Products. Other contributions included donations from Adelsheim Winery, Decarli’s Restaurant, the Portland Timbers, Stephanie Inn and the Reser Family. In total, since it was founded in 2014, BHSSF has raised nearly $5 million for Beaverton High School. Thanks in part to involvement and support from the community, BHS also has achieved a major increase in graduation rates in the past two years.

For more information about BHSSF and how to get involved, visit http://bhssuccessfund.com/
3CALENDAR ADVISORY BHSSF hosts Inspirit, a Spring Gala benefitting Beaverton High School, April 26, 2018

WHAT:
Beaverton High School friends, families and supporters will want to mark their calendars for the school’s largest fundraising event of the year. The Beaverton High School Success Fund (BHSSF) will hold its third annual Inspirit fundraiser to help raise funds to directly support Beaverton High School students, academic programs and facilities.

Inspirit attendees will enjoy a Northwest cuisine inspired dinner, Adelsheim wine pairings and a performance by Beaverton High School student musicians. The evening program will include presentations by BHS staff and students who will highlight school accomplishments and future plans. Attendees also will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for a chance to win a Bales Marketplace shopping spree, special collections of Adelsheim wines and more.

Money raised through BHSSF is used to provide student scholarships, enhance learning opportunities, provide updated technology and improve the school’s facilities, resulting in increased graduation rates and student engagement. Tickets to attend BHSSF Inspirit cost $100 and can be purchased online at bhssuccessfund.com

Sponsors of the 2018 Inspirit celebration include Bales Market Place, Vista Capital Partner, and Accenture.

WHEN:
2018 BHSSF Inspirit Spring Celebration will be held Thursday, April 26 from 6‑9 p.m.

WHERE:
Castaway, 1900 NW 18th Ave., in Portland’s Pearl District

HOW:
Register Here

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/
4VIDEO Principal Anne Erwin describes the Success Fund

The Oregonian has created a video for oregonlive outlining the purpose and goals of the Beaverton High School Success Fund. View it on YouTube.

Background:
Established in 2014, BHSSF is a nonprofit organization that raises private contributions to help make significant improvements within 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

1VIDEO Shoshana Bean & Friends raise money for Beaverton High School.
For the second year, Broadway star Shoshana Bean returns to her alma mater to raise money for Beaverton High School with a benefit concert. KOIN covered the story. View it on YouTube.

2VIDEO Community Boosts Beaverton High School Success - April 2019
The Beaverton High School Success Fund and Beaverton High School supporters joined forces to raise more than $125,000 that will enrich the education experience by helping to set up students for success. The funds raised are focused on academic programs, student support, technology and to improve facilities. KGW covered the story. View it on YouTube.

3What’s working in schools: Beaverton HS renovations September 16, 2015
Related Coverage What’s working in schools: Beaverton college prep What’s working in schools: Jazz music PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Beaverton High School revealed renovations that were recently completed. The first noticeable difference is the high school’s entrance way which has been redone, as well as the library which has been updated. “We have computers available for... Read More
4Donor pledges $3 million to Beaverton High School Success Fund May 1, 2015
An anonymous donor who credits Beaverton High School for laying the foundation for his own success is paying it forward with a $3 million donation to the school’s Success Fund. The announcement at a fundraising event on Thursday, April 30, attended by alumni and parents of current students, was greeted with “Whoo-hoos” that quickly turned into a standing ovation and shouts of “BHS! BHS! BHS!” The donation was so large... Read More
5VIDEOBeaverton High anonymous donation used for engineering classes, library renovation April 21, 2015
Beaverton High School is making the most of a $100,000 anonymous donation with plans for a library renovation, engineering career courses, digital photography class, and renovation of the college and career center. Read More
6Another anonymous donation to Beaverton High School: $3 million May 04, 2015
Beaverton High School is learning that success begets success. Another BHS alumnus has stepped forward to anonymously donate money to the BHS Success Fund. This time, it's $3 million over the next four years. Word spread after Beaverton High established the BHS Success Fund to... Read More

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.