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What we do

The LCFEF raises money annually and gifts all of its net funds to the District at the start of each school year. Funds are raised through donation appeals at Back to School night and during a Spring mail/phone campaign.  LCFEF also puts on special events such as the Premium Wine Auction in October, the Jog-A-Thon in November and the spring Gala in March.

The Foundation is the only fund raising organization that funds salaries for the District. We pay for the teachers on whom our children depend.

Where the money goes

The District  makes a formal allocation* request of the LCFEF Board each year for funds raised.

Why we do it

Many people believe that with La Cañada’s high property values and the amount of taxes paid by our residents, our public schools ought to be flush with money.

In fact, the opposite is true.

Not only do our taxes not fund our schools directly, but our District receives fewer State dollars per student than practically any other District! It’s an unfortunate reality of the process by which public schools are funded in California. To read more about how our public schools are funded, click here.

How we’re different

La Cañada schools have a number of fundraising organizations; allocating donations can be confusing for parents. And as your child gets older and focuses on specific activities, there is a natural focus on supporting those activities. But consider this: the programs that the Foundation funds support ALL students in the District, and it’s vital that everyone help share the burden. And again, the Foundation is the only fund raising organization that funds salaries for the District.