Every year, the board of directors sends out an announcement to look for new board members. Those interested are invited to attend a meeting, and are encouraged to talk with other board members and fill out an application. The current board votes in new board members from both applicants and any current board members that re-apply to sit on the board. Board members serve two-year terms.
When can someone apply to be on the board?
At the April meeting, the nomination committee will present the applicants to the board of directors. The new board is elected during the May meeting. The first meeting of the new board is held in August.
Can donations be matched by donors' employers?
Many companies offer matching to organizations that carry a 501(c) designation. Westview Foundation is a 501(c) organization. Employees should check with their Human Resources director for more information, or email us at email@example.com. We have access to a list of companies who participate.
What is expected of the board of directors?
Each board member has 7 responsibilities on the board:
Be active in raising money for the Foundation by assuming leadership in at least one of the major fundraising projects, while assisting and supporting others
Attend meetings, actively participate, and be well prepared
Manage assets prudently
Organizational and financial planning for the board
Recruit community members and families for fundraisers
Operate as part of the team
Represent and interpret the Foundation to the community
How many members sit on the Foundation's board of directors?
At most 14 members can sit on the board. However, the average is about 10 board members. There are also advisors and ex-officio on the board.
Is the Foundation a 501(c)(3) organization?
The Westview Foundation, as of June 11, 2002, is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID is #03-0462131.
How does the Foundation decide where the raised money is spent?
The school's Operational Cadre — a team of the Westview Staff that represents all the various areas of the school — are aware of the needs school wide. For that reason we ask that the Operational Cadre make the decision on how the money raised is spent. This insures that the money raised will be put to the best use, as determined by the school.
How do you set up a new Group within the Foundation?
If you are starting a fundraising Group at Westview and parents will be doing the fundraising, contact the current Treasurer of the Foundation as your first step. A new account will be set up within the Foundation so your funds can be allocated appropriately. The Foundation will only include Groups that have no student participation in fundraising. If there is student participation, contact Westview finance office for information.
What is the difference between the PTSA and the Foundation?
The Foundation is set up to raise money to enhance student learning through academics, arts, sports and technology. The Foundation is a fundraising entity, with board members focused primarily on raising money. The PTSA is an organization that advocates for children, to promote the welfare of children and youth in home school, community, and places of worship, to raise the standards of home life, to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth, to bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth, and to develop between educators and the general public such unified efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education. In essence, the Foundation is the entity that raises money. The PTSA is the entity that provides programs for the students and their parents.