FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

1. Question: How does the Port Townsend Education Foundation differ from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA)?

Answer: PTAs are designed to bring parents and teachers together to promote parental involvement and coordinate activities for the benefit of children within a specific school. The Port Townsend Education Foundation differs in that it takes a broader approach concerning both the public and the schools.  In addition to engaging the entire community in the effort to improve public education, the Foundation seeks ways to benefit any or all schools within the district. This allows us to dedicate resources to any program within the district where it will do the greatest amount of good for the largest number of studens.

2. Question: Is the Port Townsend Education Foundation governed by either the Port Townsend School Board or by the Port Townsend School District?

Answer: NO. The Port Townsend Education Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that is completely independent of both the PT School Board and the PT School District. The funding for the PTEF is not dependent on state and/or federal funding but upon the generosity of donors and the philanthropic activities of its members and community. PTEF is managed purely by its Board of Directors, and is a 100% volunteer-based organization.

3. Question: Is my donation to the Port Townsend Education Foundation tax deductible?

Answer: Yes. Port Townsend Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, Federal Tax ID #77-0679738. To make a donation of any size, please mail to: PTEF, PO Box 1867, Port Townsend, WA 98368, or contact Yuko Umeda, Chairman, at 360-385-3308.

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