Schools foundation faces final push in ambitious campaign

With $380,000 raised to date, the Vashon Island School District’s foundation is still pushing hard to meet its $500,000 goal by June 30, when the district’s fiscal year ends, according to the foundation’s chair.

Zabette Macomber said she and others on the board are pleased with the degree of giving. About 36 percent of the district’s families have pledged or donated so far. Last year, 40 percent of the families donated to the campaign — a figure she believes will be higher this year, with a month or so still to go.

And with $380,000 raised, the district won’t have to lay off any teachers or administrators, she said. “I’m completely confident we’ll get above $400,000,” she added.

What’s more, the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG day was successful: $40,000 poured in on that day alone, she said.

But since the GiveBIG day on May 2, the pace of donations has slowed, she said. “It’s harder now that GiveBIG is over,” she said.

“We’ll keep on,” she said, adding that she thinks procrastination is what’s getting in the way now. “If everybody donates, it makes it so much easier,” she said.


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