Annual Appeal

Donations to Date
2020-21 Annual Appeal Goal
Donations to the 2020-21 Annual AppealProgress to Goal

Since its inception 13 years ago, the school had relied on contributions from its families, friends, staff, and board members as part of its budget, all of whom contribute to the school’s largest fundraising campaign — the Annual Appeal.

What is the Annual Appeal?

The Annual Appeal at Menlo Park Academy is an ongoing campaign to raise money to meet the operational needs of the school.

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. Because of this funding model, charter schools are forced to operate on significantly less revenue than the average school district — usually 50% less!. To make up this financial gap, we rely on the support of our community to continue offering the unique MPA experience our students deserve.

Where does the money from the Annual Appeal go?

Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund allow us to put the money to work where it’s needed most, to ensure we are offering every child the best experience we can. This campaign is an ongoing effort throughout the school year, and your Annual Fund gift will be put to work immediately.

Donate today!

Here are three easy ways you can get involved — starting today.

  1. Donate toward the Annual Appeal. It’s easy, it’s secure, and your dollars will be put to use right away!
  2. Ask your family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues if they will consider donating. If you have a story of how your family benefits from the school’s mission, consider sharing it with others in hopes that they, too, will support our school.
  3. Check if your employer has a donation-matching option. Many companies often match a donation made by their employees. Ask your office’s HR staff if your company does this — it’s an immediate way to double your donation!