The Chandler Education Foundation wants corporate donors to support its programs annually. The foundation will try to court local companies later this month when it hosts a dinner educating the community about what it currently does, said Dianne Welling, assistant executive director of the foundation.
“It amazes me . . . how many people have been in Chandler that don’t know about the foundation,” Welling said.
In November, the organization will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Rather than continuing to raise funds through tax donations and holding raffles, the foundation wants corporations to make it their “charity of choice.”
A consultant is currently working with the foundation to help expand its fundraising abilities, Welling said.
The group recently distributed thousands of dollars in grants to teachers for anything from supplies to special projects.
The foundation also encourages high school freshmen to apply for its Vision College Bound program. If students perform 100 hours of community service, maintain a 3.4 cumulative GPA and 95 percent attendance rate over their four years of high school, they’ll receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
But the program has become so successful that it could outgrow the foundation’s current abilities. More than 3,600 students received the scholarships last year.
“Fundraisers can only make so much money,” Welling said. “That’s why we have to get the corporations involved.”
What: Chandler Education Foundation dinner
When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19
Where: Michael A. Pollack Real Estate and Investment Office, 1136 W. Baseline Road, Mesa
Information: Reservations are required, call (480) 812-7631