LPEF KEEP! Campaign FAQ

We know you have questions about LPEF and KEEP! - and that's why we've answered a whole bunch of them below.  

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ABOUT LPEF
 
What is LPEF?

LPEF stands for the Loma Public Education Fund. LPEF was created in 2001 and is a fundraising organization dedicated to raising money for the Loma Prieta Joint Union School District (LPJUSD). There are two schools in this district - Loma Prieta elementary and CT English middle schools. The funds are earmarked to the schools for the enhancement and enrichment of core academic offerings. Governing board members are volunteer parents and community members that meet regularly with the superintendent, principal, teachers and parents to develop funding priorities.

 

What is the goal of LPEF?

LPEF’s goal is to fund our student’s future at the Loma Prieta School District by raising donations to support additional educational opportunities at each School.

 

 
ABOUT KEEP!

What is KEEP! (Keep Excellent Education Programs)?
  • KEEP! is our primary direct giving campaign.

  • It raises over 1/2 of the LPEF annual budget.

  • In prior years we have seen only 10% of families participate in KEEP!.

  • Our goal this year is to have as close to 100% participation as possible.

 

What does KEEP! Fund?

KEEP! funds the following programs:

  • Music and Band (K-8)

  • Developmental  P.E. (K-5)

  • Library services (K-8)

  • Student counseling and support services (K-8)

  • Education technology specialists (K-8)

  • Loma science (K-5)

  • CTE Middle school electives (6-8)

  • Art in action (K-5)

 

What is the recommended KEEP! donation per family?

We are maintaining our recommended donation of $800 for the first child, and $1,200 for two or more children attending our schools - Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle schools. Any size donation is appreciated and is incredibly important in maintaining our programs.

What happens if we don’t raise the $200K KEEP! Goal?

Our children will lose some of the amazing school programs they currently enjoy.

 

Why was the KEEP! campaign goal raised from $100,000 to $200,000?
  • From the school years 2010-11 until 2016-17 LPEF has contributed an average of $390,000 a year to the LPJUSD district.

  • In the years 2017-18 and 2018-19 LPEF has contributed a total of $340,000 annually to the district. 

  • To maintain our goal of raising a total of $340,000 this year we have had to raise our KEEP! Goal from $100,000 to $200,000.

 

This increase has been necessary as:

  • Funds raised by The Gala decreased from $249,000 in 2017 to $115,000 in 2018 (net of Top Hat).

  • The annual contributions by the Loma Prieta and CTE Home & School Clubs have decreased over the years.

  • LPEF had to cancel the Fore the Kids Golf Tournament this year due to low participation. Historically the Golf Tournament provided an additional $10,000 to $20,000 towards our fundraising goal..

I donated to KEEP! but my name is not on the donor list - why is that?
If you donated to KEEP! through your company matching program there can be processing delays in getting the funds to us. Please notify our treasurer (Erin at treasurer@lpef.org) of your donation so that we can follow up if we do not see the donation come through.
 
How much money did LPEF raise before KEEP?

LPEF raised $139,000 before we kicked off the KEEP! Campaign.

 

What is the current KEEP! total?

The current total raised to date is $55,410 - with 73 families donating out of 302 district families.

 

Do we have an overall goal for this years LPEF grant?

Our grant goal for this year is $340,000.

 
How do I donate to the KEEP! campaign?
  • You can donate online at: http://www.lpef/donate.

  • You can write a check and mail your donation to LPEF (23800 Summit Road,Los Gatos, CA 95033) or drop your donation at the Loma Prieta or CT Office.

  • You can donate through your work if you have a matching campaign.

 

When does the KEEP! Campaign end?

The deadline for our KEEP! Campaign is June 30, 2019.

 

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

To be eligible to use your donation as tax deductible for 2019 you must donate by December 31, 2019.

 

Can I sign up to make monthly donations?

Absolutely! This is a wonderful way to spread out your donation.

You can sign up to make monthly donations here, https://www.lpef.org/donate-now.

 

How do I find out if my company offers donation matching and how do I secure that match?

While each company is different, we recommend you contact your HR department. Also, our treasurer would be happy to help. Please email Erin at treasurer@lpef.org for help.

 

 
Some more Answers...

What is the difference between LPEF and Measure R?

LPEF funds school programs (music, art, PE, library, support services, etc.) while Measure R funds building and critical security and infrastructure enhancements. Measure R, a school bond measure, was passed in June 2018.

 

Measure R Funds:

  • Repairs fire damaged classrooms, community center and school facilities

  • Updates water systems for drinking and fire suppression needs

  • Replaces outdated fire alarms, security systems, and improve exterior lighting for student safety and security

  • Replaces deteriorated plumbing, electrical systems and restroom facilities

  • Modernizes aging classroom technology infrastructure

  • Renovates north campus for school and community use

 

What is the difference between LPEF and the Loma Prieta & CT English Home & School Clubs?

While all organizations are essential for supporting the success of our schools - and we support each other, LPEF and the Home and school clubs have different goals. 

 

LPEF is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising money through fundraising to fund core academic offerings and enrichment programs at Loma Elementary and CT English Middle schools by providing grants to the schools. 

 

The C.T. English Home and School Club and Loma Prieta Home and School Club are non profit volunteer organizations who fundraise to sponsor classroom and teacher supplies and after-school enrichment programs and events for students

Read More about CTEHSC sponsored programs and events.

Read More about Loma Prieta HSC sponsored services and events.

How Can I Help?

We love volunteers and are always looking for fresh energy and new ideas! If you would like to volunteer or have a great idea you want to share please email the LPEF president at, president@lpef.org.

Loma Public Education Fund (LPEF) is a 501(c)3 corporation. Tax ID # 03-0440872

All donations to LPEF are 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Contact us at 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033 - 408.657.3322