(In case you hadn't heard. ... I received notice about two weeks ago, and kept meaning to publish it.)
The Walnut Creek Education Foundation says that it was only $7,612 away from making their fundraising goal of $724,000. According to Liz Davis, the foundation president, this fundraising feat was accomplished even though only 45 percent of parents in the districts donated to the foundation.
WCEF's participation rate is a bit lower than foundations raising money for districts in Lamorinda (Oh, those Lamorinda overachievers!). The foundations for these districts also ask for much more money overall--twice or nearly twice as much as Walnut Creek--and more money from each individual family.
WCEF asks for $500 per family, while the Lafayette Arts and Science Foundation, with a fundraising goal of $1.5 million and a 53 percent participation rate, asks for $500 per child. The foundations for the Orinda and Moraga schools ask for $550 and $600 per child, with fundraising goals of $1.5 and $1.3 million, respectively. The Education Foundation of Orinda enjoys a 68-percent parent participation rate.
The $$$ raised by WCEF support art, music, and PE, and librarian hours in the elementary schools; a counselor, librarian hours, and a "visiting artists" program at Walnut Creek Intermediate; and an academic counselor, librarian, and leadership class at Las Lomas High.