Financial support from the public and private sectors has a direct impact on the children served in our schools. Support from the community is what makes the difference between simply providing basic educational needs and providing quality, innovative educational instruction that builds a strong foundation of success for every child served.
Orenda Education is a charitable 501 © (3) not-for-profit organization. Orenda does accept monetary and non-monetary gifts and grants to advance its mission. Gifts are tax deductible according to IRS rules governing donations. Our EIN is 74-2774612.
School Giving Programs:
Listed below are some examples of programs supported in part or in whole by the generous donations of our contributors.
Capital Campaign for New Campus Expansion at Gateway College Prep School (Georgetown, Tx)
In the aggregate, charter schools receive less money per student to operate and house themselves than do regular public schools. Unlike regular public schools in most states, charter schools receive no capital funds because they cannot tap into local property or other tax revenue. By default, charter schools must pay for their facilities out of their operating budgets if they are unable to secure housing at no charge. The School Launch program is how we generate start-up and capital funds for our new schools. Donors may give money, buildings or materials to our new school sites. www.gatewaylegacy.org
We seek donations of birthday, Christmas and other holiday gifts to go to each of our Orenda students that are living in one of the residential or hospital based schools on their birthday anniversary and over the holidays. It is a lot of fun to see our students' faces light up when they get to open their unexpected gifts. For most of these students it will be the best birthday and holiday they have ever had.
The Master Teacher program is an endowment that has been established to develop our teachers. We provide teacher training and continuing education tuition assistance to teachers who show promise and commit to stay with our organization. This is a recruitment, motivation and retention tool that helps us to attract and keep the talented teacher corps we need to work with our challenging students.
The fine arts are a big part of our Orenda schools. The expression from our fine arts program helps to engage and ignite our students to learn. We seek donors to provide stage sets, materials, costumes, audio visual equipment and/or technical support. Companies can sponsor our performances or display our students' art, advertise in our schools published art calendar, etc.
The word "Tupi" comes from the Native American Miwoks meaning "to pull up." Tupi Tutors serve as "surrogate parents" for those students who do not have a parent or loved one available to work with the school. The Tupi Tutor attends teacher-student-parent meetings, school performances and may work with their student after school hours to help with school assignments, GED preparation or other job training assignments.Give a gift in honor or memory of someone
Remember a loved one or friend by giving a gift to Orenda Education in their honor. We will send a card to the recipient you choose. The honoree will be listed in upcoming issues of our newsletter, entitled "Spirit."
Make an in-kind donation
You may make a gift of new or slightly used items on our wish list or provide gift cards from retail merchants (i.e. Target, Wal-Mart, JCPenny, etc.)
Many employers match donations that you make to charitable organizations. Many companies match donations dollar for dollar. Ask your company if they have a matching gift program.
Bequest your donation
You can help Orenda Education by making a gift to the organization through your will.
Contact Kelsey R.W. Rentschler, Director of Community Relations and Development
512-869-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2951 Williams Drive
Georgetown, TX 78628
Legacy: The Gateway Capital Campaign
Today's students grow in body, mind and spirit in preparation for a world that is remarkably different from the ones faced by past generations.
Why We Are Building
- To transition from temporary portable classroom buildings in grades K – 8 to permanent construction
- To add needed space for athletic and performing arts training and competitions
- To improve security and provide protection from rain and high winds
- To improve traffic flow and shorten drop off and pick-up times
- To enhance the beauty of the campus
Charter Schools Do Not Receive Public Funding for Facilities:
Public charter schools are held to higher accountability standards, but do not receive equal consideration when it comes to student funding. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools do not have access to local property taxes and receive no direct state aid for construction of new buildings or renovations of existing ones. This creates about a $2,000 per student per year funding disparity and forces charter schools to use state funding intended for instruction and operations to also cover all building construction and related maintenance costs. (see funding gap study)
Building Plans and Cost
General conditions 450,000
Grades K – 4 Learning Center 4,600,000
Grades 5 – 8 Learning Center 4,600,000
Main Gymnasium with Aux. Gym Renovations 5,000,000
Fire lane improvements 210,000
CR 111 (Westinghouse Road) extension 385,000
Courtyard landscape, elements & irrigation 230,000
Relocate playscape with covering 130,000
Covered walkways connecting all buildings 450,000
Field 2 soccer/lacrosse improvement 375,000
Grandstands, press box, w. handicap 575,000
Track, soccer/lacrosse field lights 225,000
Kitchen finish out w. equipment 300,000
Estimated Phase Construction Cost + A&E Fees $18,115,000
We invite the public to explore our master site plans for all planned facilities at www.gatewaycps.org. These truly will become places from the heart that will inspire and instruct future generations of students.
Philosophy & Mission:
Gateway College Prep School is committed to creating citizens, scholars, and athletes who demonstrate a true love of learning, strive to reach their full academic and personal potential, are able to apply academic knowledge to real world situations and achieve their academic, personal and vocational goals.
Gateway has recently completed its 7th year of operation with an enrollment that has topped 1,200 students. The school offers a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum to students in K-12. Many of those students come to us from larger schools in our geographic coverage area in Williamson County, Texas. Others have been home-schooled or have attended small, private schools. This has given us a diverse set of student needs. In addition to taking core classes that will prepare students for success on AP exams and ultimately in college, students are provided with ample extra-curricular opportunities. As a result, our mantra is "No Child Left Inside."
How Can You Help?
By completing a donor form (see link below) or donating online, you can commit and embrace our innovative educational philosophies. Your financial commitment may be in the form of:
cash/check * stocks * real estate
If you are most comfortable in giving cash, you have the opportunity to choose the convenience of an annual, semi-annual, quarterly or monthly pledge. Please be assured that the leadership, faculty, staff, students and student families of Gateway are profoundly grateful for all contributions, great and small. We view your financial support as a support of our mission and vision for innovative public schools of choice, and we appreciate you joining us in realizing the importance of that.
Please understand that your investment (and tax-deductible donation) will impact the lives of many individuals and families today and for generations who follow. For more information, feel free to contact our Development Office at 512-869-3020, opt. 8.