We Are UA Annual Appeal

2 Ways to Give: 

1.   Click HERE to make a donation using our secure online site

2.  Fill out this Appeal Tshirt Flyer 2016-2017  and return to the Foundation Office

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THE WE ARE UA ANNUAL APPEAL – WHY SUPPORT IT?

Union Academy is a public charter school.  By law charter schools do NOT receive any funding for buildings.  Traditional public school systems DO receive facility/building funding which is approximately $1500 more per student than charter schools.  Union Academy primarily uses state, local and federal funds for the cost of instruction and operations first and then a small portion of what is left goes towards building related costs.  The annual appeal and other Foundation fundraising monies help reduce the debt the school takes on by making the down payment on new buildings at the Upper Campus.  Every dollar donated is one less dollar borrowed.

HOW DOES UNION ACADEMY BRIDGE THE GAP OF FUNDING?

Union Academy must do more with less.  The UA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide financial support for Union Academy Charter School.   Of the Foundation’s fundraisers, the two largest are:

–          We Are UA Annual Appeal –  raises approximately $100,000 each year

–          Ultimate Charity Auction –  raises approximately $250,000 each year

The funding provided from these and other fundraisers combined with the debt burdened by the school has provided buildings and capital assets (technology and instructional tools).  The purpose of the annual appeal is to assist in reducing the debt incurred when we improve OUR campuses.

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL’S FINANCIAL POSITION?

Union Academy is financially strong, yet we still have a continual financial challenge created by the gap of funding between public charter and traditional public school. Union Academy allocates and budgets conservatively so that we do more with less.  The financial position of the school is always available to all Union Academy community members. Please see Union Academy’s website for more information.

WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION’S ROLE IN PROVIDING BUILDINGS?

The Foundation’s purpose and mission is to stand behind the school and be ready to assist with its financial needs and to provide vision regarding the facility needs of the school.   The Foundation pays the down payments on new buildings and guarantees the bank loans.  The Foundation is the landlord that owns the buildings at the Upper Campus.  Union Academy leases the Upper Campus facilities from the Foundation for a nominal fee and currently pays 100% of the debt service out of its operating budget.

WHY DO BUILDINGS MATTER?

If your family has not experienced all of the Upper Campus facilities, you will have seen improvements from Foundation monies at the Lower Campus.  The Foundation assisted in providing computers, learning cottages (trailers), playground equipment and other improvements.   In the evolution of the Union Academy facility development, the Foundation will lead future building projects on both campuses.  In order to meet these goals we need long-term support from our parents by investing in our school through the Annual Appeal.

WHY GIVE TO THE FOUNDATION RATHER THAN THE SCHOOL?

Union Academy is chosen by families because we are an alternative to traditional public school.  We need our families to volunteer their time and give financial support.  Private school tuition can exceed $10,000 per year per student AND IS NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.   Giving to the Foundation helps build Union Academy for now and generations to follow.  As an example, your  gift of $100 could actually cost $60 on an after tax basis.  Giving to the Foundation is tax deductible and proves commitment to improving the quality of education your children receive.

WHAT AND WHEN SHOULD I GIVE?

The We Are UA Annual Appeal begins in August.  Pledge cards are mailed in August and January and most families give surrounding pay dates and bonuses.  We can accommodate whatever works for your financial situation.  Parents, grandparents, employers can give all year long by pledging weekly, monthly or once a year.   We ask that you give at the level of giving that is meaningful to you.  Each family has different circumstances when it comes to giving.  Gifts of any size make a direct difference in the lives of our students.  Giving to the Annual Appeal gives you the control of what is affordable for your budget and again it is TAX DEDUCTIBLE!  Little things can add up to make a BIG difference.   $25/week equals $100/month or $1,200/year.  This equates to giving up a weekly Starbucks visit.  $50/week is $200/month or $2,400/year.  This equates to giving up eating out once a week.

WHAT WILL MY GIFT BE USED FOR?

Your gift will be used for various needs.  Buildings, computers, furniture, instructional materials and other pressing items that come up and are outside the costs budgeted for by the school.

WHAT IS THIS YEAR’S GOAL?

The 2016-2017 school year annual appeal goal is $130,000.   We are currently at $80,000 in pledges. The We Are UA Annual Appeal goal is that every parent at UA will rise up and support our school that we chose for our children’s academic success.  The Foundation exists because parents support all fundraising efforts for the students of Union Academy.  Over the years, all building and financial support have been accomplished because parents and the community gave to what they believed in; the vision and mission of Union Academy.  Let’s keep the legacy strong.  Together, we can make a difference.

For questions about the appeal or how to make a difference, please contact the Foundation Office at 704-238-9879.

 Appeal Card 2016

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