Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Fort Thomas Education Foundation?
The Fort Thomas Education Foundation (FTEF), a 501©(3) IRS designated non-profit, was created in 1992. The FTEF’s mission is to raise funds for special school projects or initiatives that are unable to be financed through the school district’s general operating budget. FTEF funds are used to ensure educational excellence by supplementing equipment and capital needs, and expanding community resources through the active involvement of individuals, businesses and civic organizations.
What is the scope of the Fort Thomas Education Foundation’s responsibility?
The scope of the foundation’s responsibility is to support the efforts of the school district, not to replace them. The foundation funds special projects and provides funding for needs that are beyond traditional funding.
Why are private funds necessary?
The state of Kentucky’s funding formula for schools amounts to robbing from wealthier districts to support poorer ones. As a result, the Ft. Thomas Independent School district does not receive sufficient funding to provide all of the resources necessary to ensure that our schools remain award winning and offer academic excellence.
Is the Ft Thomas Education Foundation funded by the school district? And how does it relate to other groups raising money for student programs?
Our funding relies solely on donations and it is separate from the Ft Thomas Board of Education. However, we are in constant communication with the Superintendent and the Ft Thomas School Board regarding the needs of Ft. Thomas Independent Schools. The FTEF complements, rather than competes, with fundraising efforts of parent’s groups dedicated to supporting school specific activities, such as PTOs, boosters, etc. FTEF funds are allocated as needed district wide to fund current projects and needs.
How are the funds raised by the FTEF used? Who decides how they are used?
The money we raise is used to fund requested grants, our endowment fund and educational needs that exceed the district's operating budget. The Board of Directors vote on how the funds are allocated.
Do other schools have similar Foundations?
Yes. Many schools across the country and in the tri-state area have started foundations to the supplement funding received from public sources.
How can the City of Ft Thomas and the community at large benefit from the FTEF?
We all benefit from an improved school system and it is an intergral part of our community’s continued success and strong property values. We all have a stake in ensuring our schools have the resources for academic excellence.
What are some of the programs and projects that have been funded?
The first grant was funded in 2002. It provided books for the newly built Highlands Middle School library. Since then, grants have provided many things, including smart boards and iPads for the grade school classrooms and instruments for the Highlands Middle and High School Strings programs, just to name a few. To see a list of our most recent successes see our Report Card
How can I help the Ft Thomas Education Foundation?
We are so glad you asked! In order to continue to support our schools, we need to expand our donor base and community volunteers. Please consider becoming a volunteer or contributor today. Donations can be easily made on this website. Call Jennie King at 859.815.2004 to find out what volunteer opportunities are available. You can make a difference!
I’d like to make a donation to the FTEF. What are my options?
The Education Foundation offers several ways for you to fund your gift, including:
Checks mailed to Education Foundation at PO Box 75090, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Electronic Funds Transfer from your banking account
Automatic debit to your credit card
Other options for gifting:
Stock – give the FTEF one of the stocks from your portfolio.
The FTEF enjoys the growth of the investment (cashed at time
gift is received) and may provide a tax benefit to you. Consult
with your financial advisor for you individual situation and
potential tax benefits.
Company Charitable Matching – if your company offers a Charitable matching program you could triple yourgift. Check with your company HR or Benefits department to learn about matching opportunities.