Fundraising

The Allenby Parents Association (APA) provides a forum through which parents and other members of the school community can contribute to improving student achievement and school performance. It is a parent-run organization in which all parents with children at Allenby Public School are members.

In addition to information sharing and advocacy for parents, the APA also provides support for the education of children at Allenby PS through fundraising. The funds raised by the APA provide for many important initiatives at Allenby that the school might not otherwise be able to run. The funds raised by the APA enrich all of our children’s educational experience at Allenby PS.

Did you know?

  • 100% of all donations are used to support the school.
  • There are over 500 families in the Allenby community with over 800 students. The APA suggests that each family donate $50 per child; but all giving is voluntary. That amount is calculated based on the per child spending of the APA.
  • The APA is a registered charity. All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt.
  • We appreciate a gift of any amount that you are comfortable with. We appreciate your support, always.

Thank you to all our donors who make these programs viable; on behalf of all our students and teachers, we appreciate your continuous support of our school. Please get involved in our work and consider lending your time, talent and treasure in any way that you can do so; Allenby Public School needs you!

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on APA Fundraising.

Directors – Meredith Palmer and Serin Benadiba

Calendar of Giving

There are three different organizations that fund raise throughout the school year. The three fundraising sources are

  1. Allenby Parent Association (APA)
    Raises funds, in accordance with Ontario Ministry guidelines, to enhance the learning experience of all Allenby students. It is inclusive, non-discriminatory and voluntary.
  2. Allenby
    The school, led by the Principal, chooses to support charities on a school-wide basis that are sponsored or supported by TDSB. The purpose of these events is to engage students in organizing and fundraising, and to get the students involved in a meaningful way.
  3. TDSB
    Raises funds for third parties at the discretion of the Principal. They are allowed to select from a list of “pre-packaged programs” that tie to curriculum in some manner. Will also raise funds for international crisis as they come up through “special” one-time drives.
  • ALL funds are separate and used for different purposes.
  • “Special” requests can come directly from the TDSB as a reaction to specific global situations and therefore can’t be predicted.

The Calendar of Giving outlines the fundraising campaigns from all sources you can expect throughout the year,  so that each family can make their own fundraising decisions in accordance with their own values and budget.

How does the APA raise funds?

Parents are asked to contribute through a letter campaign at the start of each school year. Participation is voluntary and optional. We encourage each family to contribute $50 per child.

As well, the APA holds fundraising events throughout the year, like the Fun Fair held in June, the monthly Pizza Lunch program, Lip Synch and Big Night Out. Proceeds support the APA’s initiatives. . All donations are used to benefit teaching, learning and enrich the Allenby experience. The APA contributes between $50,000 -$60,000 dollars to the school every year.

How is the money spent?

In June a proposed budget, prepared by the APA Executive Board, is presented at the APA meeting and then voted on for approval/revisions at the September meeting. Discussion of the individual line items take place at both the June and September meetings. Throughout the school year, new requests may be brought forward.These could be for additional expenditures and/or revising the terms of past decisions. The APA works closely with the school administration to ensure funding is slated for high priority needs.

What kinds of things does my donation support?

In past years, APA donations have provided for programs like Scientist in the School, Artist in the School, stipends for classroom materials, the school-wide Lice Check program, landscaping in the schoolyard, sporting equipment and our Hall of Fame, Character Education programs, as well as information technology, like SMARTBoards in our classrooms.

How can I find out more about APA fundraising?

The monthly APA meetings are minuted and the minutes are posted online at least a week before the next meeting. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend any APA meeting, including those where fundraising is discussed.They are held the last Wednesday of the month in the school library from 7-9 pm.The APA provides childcare at these meetings. Our financial statements and budgets are also available at the APA website at allenbyparents.com.

Why does the APA raise money for these programs? Why doesn’t the school fund them independently?

Unfortunately, all schools in Ontario are doing more with less. Allenby has increased dramatically in size in the last decade and budgets have not always kept pace.Many organizations, like the lobbying group People for Education, have done research to demonstrate the degree to which parent fundraising is subsidizing aspects of many school operations. The reality is that we are lucky to be part of a community where parent involvement and financial support is available; thanks to many volunteers and donors each year, all our children stand to benefit.