WHO?
The Redwood High School Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the quality of education at Redwood High School by providing tools to inspire and prepare students for their world in and beyond high school.

WHAT IS RHSF’S 2019-2020 GOAL?
$1.2M.

WHAT IS THE RHSF FUNDING MODEL?
RHSF aspires to fill the gap that exists between the amount of state and local funding and the funds needed to provide enrichment and an excellent education. More than 80% of RHS’ state/local funding goes to teacher and administrative salaries, leaving little for the programs and tools that make the Redwood experience so outstanding. The money raised by RHSF is unrestricted cash. his means, that your RHSF Annual Giving Donation goes directly to work in classrooms or on the playing field in the same school year. The turnaround from dollars donated to having an impact in the classroom and on the field is almost immediate.

HOW CAN I HELP?
The Tam Union High School District has seen a 30% increase in student population since 2010 that has not been met with State and local funding. While we count on Redwood teachers, coaches and administrators as our partners in our kids’ life during high school, there is one partner we count on most: You. You are a Redwood parent, family member, alumni, friend and we are asking for your help. The Fill the Gap level is approximately $750 per student, which is the difference between the amount of state and local funding and the funds needed to provide excellent education and enrichment for all Redwood students. The Titan Level is $3,000 and above which includes a celebratory party at the end of the school year. Everyone is encouraged to make an Annual Giving Donation at whatever level is appropriate for their family.

WHAT DOES THE FOUNDATION FUND?
The three major areas funded are

  • Academics (27%): the impact is in every single classroom— materials, books & textbooks, technology upgrades, Chromebooks, updated software, cameras, science lab equipment, support for the BARK newspaper, library support, engineering materials and supplies, etc.
  • Arts (24%): stage equipment, guest artists, instructors for drama & music, underwriting for plays, sound engineering support, music keyboards, digital darkroom, screen printing supplies, ceramics equipment, 3D arts & crafts, etc.
  • Athletics (20%): support for sports teams, transportation, tournament fees, the athletic trainer and training supplies as well as PE equipment and resources.

The Foundation has also funded larger projects such as the:

  • Athletic Trainer (2019-2020)
  • The Wellness Center (2019-2020)
  • The Tech Collaboration Center in the Library (2018)
  • The College & Career Center (2014)
  • Ghilotti Field (2012-2017)

The remainder goes to operating costs, Scholarships/ support for underserved students, (less than 8% of the over-all budget) as well as alumni programs: RHS Hall of Fame, RHS Athletic Hall of Fame and the Alumni speaker series, which brings distinguished alumni back to campus to speak to students, etc.

WHO DETERMINES HOW REDWOOD ALLOCATES FUNDS?
There are multiple allocation panels that decide how to allocate the Foundation funds each year. All are made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and students. The Academic Allocations Committee represents the largest amount of money from the Foundation – approximately $500,000 during the 2017-2018 school year. This panel meets twice per year to review grant applications for all departments at Redwood as well as campus improvements. Grant applicants present to this panel, which then discusses and votes to approve grants which to those applicants whom the panel believes are most deserving in a given calendar year. Similarly, the Athletic Allocations Committee (Benchwarmers) reviews athletic grant requests and the Scholarship Committee reviews candidates for post-secondary school grants.

WHAT IS THE ACADEMIC ALLOCATIONS COMMITTEE?
Made up of administrators, teachers, students (one from each grade level) and parents, this all-volunteer panel grants money to Academics, Arts, Technology and Student Programs. Each fall and spring, applications are sent to all staff members at Redwood. Parents and students are also eligible to fill out grant applications. The applications are reviewed by Principal David Sondheim for merit and whether other sources of funding may be available. The applicants then present their requests to the Academic Allocations Committee. Each grant application is reviewed on its own individual merit and the Committee votes on whether to partially or completely fund each grant. The Academic Allocations Committee volunteers serve for two years.

WHAT IS BENCHWARMERS?
Benchwarmers is the Athletic Allocations Committee for the Redwood High School Foundation. Benchwarmers support athletics in areas that are either not funded or underfunded—such as transportation, tournament fees, and Redwood’s certified athletic trainer.

WHAT ARE COMMUNITY PARTNERS?
We love to partner with local businesses! It’s a win-win for your business and our students!
 To learn more about the benefits of being a Community Partner, for more information, please visit our Community Partners page or email communitypartners@redwoodhsfoundation.org

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
 THE FOUNDATION AND THE REDWOOD PTSA?
While we work closely together to support Redwood students, the Foundation is the fundraising arm for Redwood and the PTSA is the volunteer corps.

DO YOU NEED HELP ON THE FOUNDATION?
We always welcome help! There are big and small volunteer opportunities—helping with mailings, events, serving on the Board, etc. Contact the Foundation Office or Board President, Judy Searles, at president@redwoodhsfoundation.org for further details. Board meetings are open for parents to attend!