It can be easy to forget that Menlo Park Academy is in the same category as other nonprofits you support. We, too, are a 501(c)(3) organization, and like any nonprofit, we rely on charitable gifts to meet our operational expenses.
Public funding alone isn’t enough to allow us to offer the kind of gifted education programming we do. As a nonprofit, public charter school, Menlo Park Academy receives two-thirds of the funding of a traditional public school. Community support is critical for closing our funding gap and providing our students with the resources and support they need to thrive. We believe a Menlo experience needs to be something special, and we count on your partnership to make that possible.
By making an annual charitable gift, volunteering at fundraising events and linking your retail shopping accounts to Menlo Park Academy, you help us meet our mission to offer each of our students the chance to reach their potential.
Thank you for thoughtfully considering how you can help us bridge the funding gap, allowing us to leverage the public dollars we receive so we can offer an educational experience unlike any other.
Community Schools in Ohio are funded differently than public districts. While both are public schools with their main funding source coming from the state budget, local districts receive additional local funds that community (charter) schools can’t access.
In its 2020 edition of “Ohio Education by the Numbers”, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute reports, “State funds provide 43 percent of total school revenues, while local taxes provide 42 percent. Federal and other non-tax sources provide the rest.”
In contrast, as a community school, MPA’s budget for 2020-21 shows only 7 percent of our total revenue coming from local sources. The main reason for this disparity is that we don’t have access to local property tax or school levy income. *Menlo does receive funding from our partnership with CMSD that totals under 2% of our budget.
“On average, Ohio schools spend $12,472 per pupil in operational expenditures. Urban districts have the highest per pupil expenditures ($14,377), while small town districts spend the least $11,000 per pupil.”
The federal/state standard to educate a child is estimated at $8,500, and we receive just over $6,000 per student. Because this funding is not enough to cover all the expenses at MPA, we have an annual development plan that outlines how we intend to raise the necessary funds to help bridge this gap in funding.
We recognize that this is a challenging time for many, so we have decreased our goals accordingly. The times have resulted in a decrease in our per-student amount from the state, creating an even greater need this year, so please, give what you can.
Invention Factory Club
Join our top donors and become a member of The Invention Factory Club. You will receive recognition on the MPA donor plaque, hung prominently in the building, along with other special recognitions to come.
Recognition on the MPA website and in our Annual Report.