Abernethy Annual Appeal 2020

The Annual Appeal is a direct-giving campaign that runs November 18 - December 11, 2020. It is the second of the PTA’s four annual fundraisers, and the most critical (Tour de Ladd, Annual Auction, Fun Run).

How to Participate:

Complete a brief Google survey

Whether you donate at this time or not, we are seeking 100% response rate from Abernethy families. Every family who completes this Google Form will receive a Chinook Book digital subscription compliments of the Abernethy PTA, a $16 value!

Please give as generously as you can

Your donation helps to fund extra instructional and library support, a literacy specialist, scholarships for aftercare and extracurricular activities for families in need, extra books and supplies in classrooms, and so much more - both at Abernethy and other schools around our district, via The Fund for PPS. Many of these PTA programs continue even as we attend school remotely. Your gift ensures that our students will continue to have the best possible experience.

You can make a secure online donation at Mighty Cause. You can also mail a check made out to "Abernethy PTA" and return it to the Abernethy office (2421 SE Orange Ave, Portland, OR 97214) with “Annual Appeal” clearly marked on the envelope or check.

Consider ways to make your donation go farther

  • Make it monthly by setting up a recurring contribution to donate more over the course of the year.
  • Please ask if your employer offers donation matching. Many employers, both small and large, match employee charitable donations.
  • Grandparents and other extended family members of Abernethy students are also often happy to give, especially around the holidays.

Advocate for increased and equitable education funding

In addition to donating, consider sending an email to our elected officials and Portland Public School Board to let them know that we support their work to ensure equitable educational opportunities for all students. A message with specific examples and personal stories can go a long way toward change!

If you'd like more information about advocacy opportunities for education funding and support, please reach out to PTAadvocacy@supportabernethy.org.

Thanks for helping to ensure Abernethy continues to be a great school for our kids!


Abby Bush and Emily Moore, 2020 Annual Appeal Co-Chairs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where do my dollars go?

Our contributions help pay for the things that make Abernethy great, including:

  • Student Aid
  • Community Mini-Grants
  • Technology and Workspace Support for Teachers during Distance Learning 
  • Additional Classroom Teachers
  • Instructional Support for Literacy 
  • Professional Development
  • Classroom Libraries
  • Classroom and Recess Materials 

    What is the PTA’s fundraising goal?

    2020 has been an extremely challenging year for all of us.  We understand many families in our community are experiencing emotional, physical, and/or financial stresses.  In prior years, we’ve noted that in order to maintain current programs and staff – just to keep what we already have – we need to raise about $635 per student through all of our fundraising efforts through the 2020-21 school year. 

    This year we are asking families to give as they are able, while also acknowledging that many programs simply will not happen without our donations, and that members of our community are experiencing increased need. The Annual Appeal is our primary and largest fundraiser during the year, in part because it is a "direct giving" campaign.

    Is my donation tax deductible?

    Yes! The Abernethy PTA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Tax ID and related information you will need to claim a deduction for a charitable donation will be included in your confirmation email (if you donate online) or letter (if you donate by check). 

    What if I can't donate at this time – do I still respond to the survey?

    Yes! While we hope as many parents as possible will donate, we understand some may not be able to. We define 100% participation in the Annual Appeal to mean that all families respond, not that all donate. 

    Do I have to donate online?

    No, although we recommend it. If you prefer, you can write a check, made out to "Abernethy PTA" and return it to the Abernethy office (2421 SE Orange Ave, Portland, OR 97214). If you'd like to set up recurring monthly donations, you will need to do so online.

    Can I make a donation from my mobile device?

    Yes. Our website is mobile-friendly, and many people have donated successfully by accessing the donation website right from their smart phone or tablet.