Frequently Asked Questions - Funding AVID
Does AVID have a nonprofit/501(c)(3) status?
Yes, AVID Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Can I get funding through AVID Headquarters or divisional offices?
No, AVID cannot provide fiscal sponsorship, accept money for another entity, serve as an umbrella organization for a school, or direct donations to a specific school or school district or higher education institutions.
What can I do if the prospective funder only supports 501(c)(3) organizations?
Education foundations for school districts are 501(c)(3) organizations so they can accept money for their schools. An education foundation can submit a proposal with the funds for your AVID program designated in the budget. If your school does not have an education foundation, you can try a local PTA which may be a 501(c)(3) organization eligible to be the grant recipient. Always check with your district grant writer or higher education development office as they will have more information specific to your community.
How do I get donations for tutoring, field trips, school supplies, etc…?
A great way to raise money for specific student-centered needs is using www.donorschoose.org. You must be a public school teacher or administrator to post a project, and the more specific you can be, the better. It is also good to build support within your own community by making connections with active organizations that support nonprofits and education. Many of the groups mentioned below can provide support for these types of projects:
||Junior League/Local Women’s Clubs
||Local Car Dealerships
||Community Organizations (United Way, etc)
The three most important things to remember are:
- Be SPECIFIC about what you need
- Clearly explain WHY it is important
- Clearly identify the BENEFIT to the community
Start by finding out if anyone in your school or district has a connection with a group like the ones mentioned above. Personal connections, also called “warm connections”, are often the best ways to start relationships that will lead to funding!
How can I fund the AVID College Readiness System at my school/district/higher education institution?
AVID is funded by educational institutions throughout the country from a variety of sources. The purpose of the FUNDING AVID section of this website is to provide our clients with information, resources and tools to help them obtain the funding to expand and sustain the AVID System. The section is organized as follows:
Federal and State Education Funds provides details and resources on public sector initiatives used to fund AVID K-16
Foundations and Corporations provides stepped instructions to research, identify and approach local and national funders.
Community Support provides information on how to cultivate local support from community stakeholders including best practices from AVID clients across the country.
Grant Writing Resources are available for those preparing presentations to internal and external stakeholders and grant proposals, including information that shows how AVID supports specific funder priorities.
What happens after I find an organization that could help?
The number one rule is to always come prepared! Know what you are asking for and how you want them to help you. Bring information about AVID for the funder (including brochures, fact sheets, etc). These materials are available on this website and from your local AVID division staff.
Ask your AVID site team and parents to invite businesses and community leaders to an AVID information session and ask them to provide financial support for the program; have a specific proposal for them to support.
In addition, the grant writer at your school district office or higher education development office is a tremendous resource, who can help you apply for funding and direct you to possible local sources. You can educate the grant writer about the AVID System and explain how it can align with different funding opportunities.