About Oracle Schools Foundation
The Oracle School District (OSD) may be small, but its dreams are big. With the approval of the override continuation in 2015 and countless efficiencies instituted by administration, the District has been able to begin to realize some of its dreams such as hiring both a music teacher and a school counselor.
Funding increases though, are hard to come by these days. That is why a few concerned citizens decided to start a foundation to help fill the gap. Their efforts resulted in the Oracle Schools Foundation’s (OSF) May 2015 approval as a 501(c)3 status by the IRS. The OSF’s vision is to “be a beacon of excellence in public education” and the mission is to provide “financial and related support to ensure that every Oracle student has unlimited opportunity to succeed.”
President Maria Menconi, a retired superintendent and SaddleBrooke resident, heads the Foundation. She is joined by five other retired SaddleBrooke residents: Vice-President Alan Levenson, (attorney at law); Treasurer Richard Borland (banker), Corresponding Secretary Karen Poortvliet; Vice President of Development Barbara Hynes, and at-large member, Chris Crum. Three additional board members are all Oracle residents: the Foundation's first president Ed Hartman, the OSD Superintendent Dennis Blauser; and Secretary Windy Messing, a first-grade teacher in the District.
As of April 2018, the Foundation has raised over $170,000. Donations to the Oracle Schools Foundation are tax deductible, but totally separate from Arizona’s tax credit program. Under the state’s tax credit program, individuals are allowed to donate $200 to any public school district and reduce their state tax bill by that same amount. Donations to the OSF reduce a taxpayer’s tax liability on Federal taxes and may be made in addition to making a tax credit contribution.
Interested in helping? The Foundation website address is www.OracleSchoolsFoundation.com and its Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/OracleSchoolsFoundation. You can also email the Foundation at email@example.com. You can donate to the Foundation here on our website or with a check to P.O. Box 8863, Tucson, AZ 85738. We may not be able to change the world, but together, we can make a real difference for our local children.
Vice President of Development
Oracle School District
P.O. Box 8863, Tucson, AZ 85738