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Because government funding is simply not enough to provide what students need to achieve at a high level, all public schools in California must raise private funds to sustain their programs. In affluent neighborhoods, schools generally rely on families for this essential support. In the new small schools, in Oakland’s flatlands, however, families can provide only minimal financial support.

In the nonprofit sector, executive directors usually devote significant time to raising the funds required to create and run their programs. Though small school principals face similar needs, they have not been trained to meet the enormous challenge of planning and executing successful development campaigns.

The Oakland Small Schools Foundation was created to help small schools overcome this basic challenge. Not only do we encourage schools to dream big, we also help them marshal the resources to achieve those dreams. The School Fund is an important part of our effort to help schools create the opportunities for kids in Oakland's flatland neighborhoods to achieve excellence in their education.

Our core service is the School Fund through which schools can accept tax-deductible contributions and foundation and corporate grants. OSSF holds all donated funds as the fiscal sponsor for the individual schools. OSSF makes disbursements for purposes that fall within OSSF's mission and are aligned with the wishes of the donor or grantor of the funds. At the same time, we provide coaching and training to help these schools execute successful fundraising campaigns.

The Board of Directors of OSSF retains final discretion over all spending decisions, including disbursements of donations or grants received for the benefit of individual schools. Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is not the fiscal agent for any funds received or disbursed by OSSF. Schools are not to use the OUSD tax identification number when accepting contributions for their OSSF School Fund.


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