Why do we fundraise at TCGIS?
Together, the collective generosity of the TCGIS community helps our public charter school achieve its mission of innovative education of the whole child through German immersion, even while operating with 30 percent less revenue than tradtional public schools in Minnesota.
Like traditional public schools, TCGIS receives state and federal funding to operate. However, charter schools do not benefit from local property taxes or levies. This results in a roughly $6,000 per pupil difference at TCGIS compared to local traditional public schools like St Paul Public Schools.
This basic public funding covers our school’s operating costs. However, as a language immersion school, TCGIS has additional expenses that other English language instruction schools do not. For instance: we host native-German-speaking interns each semester; our students use German-language curricular and library materials we order from Germany; we hire native-speaking teachers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland which involves financing Visas; we encourage professional development for teachers specifically around language-immersion education. For all of these reasons, TCGIS’ annual fundraising goal is a line item in the school’s annual budget.
The majority of TCGIS’s annual fundraising comes from charitable donations made by individual families, many of whom leverage their employer’s matching funds programs or elect to make a recurring monthly donation.
Families are invited to participate in fundraising efforts by two groups: the TCGIS School Board and the TCGIS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Click here for the 2021/22 Fundraising Calendar.
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