Anser receives state and federal funding as a charter school in Idaho but is not eligible to receive local property tax funding. Property tax revenues in the forms of bonds and levies typically pay for the facility costs for other public schools. As a result, Anser has similar staffing, facility and program needs as regular public schools but receives less income.
How do we overcome this?
We rely on the generosity of our parents, staff, board, alumni, community members and partners to meet our fiscal requirements. Fundraising contributes $70,000 – $100,000 to the annual budget through three key programs: a Fall Fund Drive, a Spring Auction and a Capital Campaign.
Below includes more details on our fundraising events and activities:
Fall Fund Drive – Our Fall Fund Drive kicks off every September and runs through the end of December. This campaign raises between $35,000 to $55,000 every year. Anser families, staff, alumni and friends are able to make tax-deductible contributions to our general fund, helping close the gap between our federal and state funding vs. educational student costs. Families can contribute in a variety of ways: one-time contribution, pledges, stock donations and/or employee sponsored programs.
Spring Auction – The Spring Auction is a fun and festive event which generates up to $55,000 per year. A silent auction precedes the live auction, in which parents bid for fine pieces of art, many of which are created by Anser students.
Capital Campaign– Anser’s campaign raised the funds necessary for the down payment and tenant improvements of our new school in Garden City. Focusing on how “Our Students Change the World,” Anser continues to collect the donations pledged through the Capital Campaign. These donations and their continued collection are critical to the financial success of the school.
As a part of the Capital Campaign, we recognize donors for their generosity. In addition to a donor appreciation wall, opportunities exist for large donors to name a classroom, gymnasium or common area. If you are interested in learning more about the Capital Campaign, please click here.