Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the American Heritage Education Foundation’s ‘Dollar-A-Day-Club’ (DADC)?
A: The American Heritage Education Foundation’s ‘Dollar-A-Day-Club’ (DADC) is a fund-raising arm of the American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF). The ‘DADC’ depends on the generous support of family, friends, community members, businesses and other foundations to provide the extra financial support that is needed to maintain the top-notch quality of education and extra-curricular opportunities that are offered at our American Heritage Charter Schools (AHCS). The ‘DADC’ connects supporters with the AHCS’ staff members in this vital mission. Note: Anyone interested in improving the educational experience at our American Heritage Charter Schools - Escondido Charter High School (ECHS), Heritage K-8 Charter School (HK-8), and Heritage Digital Academy Middle School (HDAMS) - is welcome and
encouraged to join with other ‘DADC’ participants at each of the previously listed schools.
Q: Why is it important for me to donate to the ‘Dollar-A-Day-Club’ (DADC)?
A: Each year the funds raised by the ‘DADC’ benefit every student at the American Heritage Charter Schools. The anticipated expense of the projects for the 2015-2016 schoolyear is estimated to be approximately $400,000. Please visit our website for a list of the projects that are planned for the 2015-2016 school year. By looking at the list, you can see that your participation is extremely important to help the ‘DADC’ PAY IT FORWARD for our students. Our goal is 100% parent participation this year.
Q: Does contributing to the ‘Dollar-A-Day-Club’ (DADC) mean that I am joining the ‘DADC’?
A: When you make a donation, you automatically become a ‘member’ of the ‘DADC’; however, your involvement level beyond that depends on your preferences. We encourage parents to be involved with the American Heritage Charter Schools’ Back-to-School Nights, Open Houses and Parent/Teacher meetings. We believe parental involvement is very important to your students’ educational and extra-curricular successes.
Q: Do all AHCS students benefit from the funds raised by the American Heritage Education Foundation’s ‘DADC’?
A: Yes! Absolutely! Every student benefits from the ‘DADC’.
Q: Why is the recommended donation $365 for the ‘DADC’?
A: In order to accomplish our projects, we are recommending a $365 donation per year which equals ‘a-dollar-a-day’ – thus the name: Dollar-A-Day Club. We realize that some families are unable to contribute ‘a-dollar-a-day’ and that some families are able to contribute far more. Since ‘a-dollar-a-day’ is less than the price of a cup of coffee per day, we think this is a reasonable amount to suggest. In addition it makes for a catchy name. We urge you to participate at a level that will fit into your household budget. Our goal this year is 100% participation of all parents/families; therefore, we encourage you to participate in the ‘DADC’ at a level that is most comfortable to you. Regardless of the level of your contribution, we want you to know that your participation is needed and greatly appreciated.
Q: What if I can’t afford to donate $365 for each child I have attending one of the AHCS?
A: That is not a problem! Donating a ‘dollar-a-day’ ($365 a year) is only a suggested amount per family. Our goal is 100% parent/family participation regardless of the amount of the donation. Repeat: We are grateful for your support regardless of the amount that your family’s budget will allow. The important thing is that you participate.
Q: How do I contribute to the American Heritage Education Foundation?
A: There are three simple ways to donate:
1. Mail your check to ‘American Heritage Education Foundation’ - 1868 East Valley Pkwy.,
Escondido, CA 92027 or ‘hand deliver’ your contribution to one of our school offices.
Please make checks payable to: ‘American Heritage Education Foundation’ (AHEF).
2. Log on to the ‘American Heritage Charter Schools’ website and go to ‘Quick Links’ in the
top right-hand corner - then CLICK on ‘DONATE HERE’ and it will take you to PayPal.
Please note: All you need to use this option is a credit card or debit card, you do not need a
PayPal account. (Click here to go straight to our PayPal donation page)
3. If you prefer, you may set to ‘auto-pay’ through your on-line checking account.
Q: What are some of the projects that we are able to accomplish because of ‘Dollar-A-Day Club’ donations?
A: Below are some of the projects that ‘DADC’ funds support:
● Heritage K-8 (HK-8) - A Turf Tech Field was recently installed at HK-8. ‘DADC’ raised close to $40,000 last year towards this $250,000 project. This year HK-8’s ‘DADC’ contributions will go towards paying for the remaining $210,000.
● Heritage Digital Academy Middle School (HDAMS) - We purchased the 1¼ acre field just west of the school’s parking lot and plan to build a Turf Tech field for HDAMS on that site. The field will also serve as a softball field for ECHS’ girls softball team. We have already received generous contributions from Rod and Diane Dammeyer ($300,000) and County Supervisor Bill Horn ($50,000) towards this project. The anticipated cost is $550,000 so all ‘DADC’ funds donated from HDAMS this year will go towards the remaining $200,000 needed for this project.
● Escondido Charter High School (ECHS) – ‘DADC’ donations at ECHS will go towards off-setting the costs of extra-curricular activities such as Academic League and the CIF Athletic Program expenses for students (boys and girls).
Q: What is the deadline for donations?
A: There is no deadline for donations to AHEF’s ‘DADC’. AHEF is pleased to accept donations year-round in amounts that fit into your budget.
Q: Can my employer match my donation(s)?
A: The San Diego area has many companies that generously match a percentage of their employee’s charitable donations. Some companies will even match your donation 100%! If you
work for a company with a ‘matching gift program’, please consider enhancing your donation to the ‘Dollar-A-Day-Club‘s 2015-2016 Fundraising Drive’ by asking your employer about a ‘matching gift program’. Some examples of companies that matched contributions to AHEF’s ‘DADC’ for the 2014-2015 school year included: QUALCOMM, Intuit, Novaris, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Pacific Western Bank.
Q: Is my donation tax deductible?
A: Yes! The American Heritage Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity. As a result, all gifts to the foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Q: What is the ‘PVO’?
A: ‘PVO’ stands for ‘Parent Volunteer Organization’. Each one of our AHCS has its own PVO.
A PVO is similar to a PTA; however, there is one MAJOR difference. AHCS’ PVOs. are able to keep all the funds that they raise compared to a PTA that must give a percentage of their funds to a national and a state organization.
Q: What is the difference between the AHCS’ PVOs and a PTA?
A: Repeat: AHCS’ PVOs are able to keep every dollar raised! Our PVOs do not belong to a national association that requires them to pay dues to support national activities and educational agendas over which we have no control and may not agree with their over-all philosophy. The technical differences between a PTA and our PVOs are fairly simple. The National PTA is a formal membership organization headquartered in Chicago. Local groups that choose to belong to the PTA must pay dues to the state and national organizations and abide by state and national rules. The National PTA maintains a Washington, D.C. lobbying office, and most state PTAs advocate at their respective state capitals as well. On the other hand, our PVOs’ sole purpose is to meet the needs of our American Heritage Charter School’s (AHCS) charter and our educational philosophy. We choose to remain independent of the PTA. Our PVOs are parent groups at each of our schools and operate under their own by-laws and focus on the concerns of our individual schools.
Q: What is the relationship of the AHCS’ PVOs to the AHEF’s ‘Dollar-A-Day-Club’?
A: The AHCS’ PVOs and their Fundraising Campaigns are unrelated to the American Heritage Education Foundation’s ‘Dollar-A-Day-Club’. The ‘DADC’ supports projects like those previously listed while the PVOs’ raise funds for technology, staff appreciation luncheons, field trips, the ‘Annual Christmas Progressive Dinner’ and Grad Night for graduating ECHS students. The ECHS PVO fundraising campaign is usually held in the spring with two main events: the Annual Golf Tournament and an iPad drawing contest. These fund-raisers help the ECHS PVO meet their annual budget and goals. This past year the ECHS PVO was able to give a portion of their donations ($8,000) to help off-set the ECHS Academic and Athletic Team budgets.
Q: If I still have questions, whom should I call?
A: If you have any questions, please contact: Dennis ‘Coach’ Snyder, President/Founder of the American Heritage Charter Schools (AHCS) and the American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF) at: (760) 737-3154.