What is the goal of
The CdM Foundation is dedicated to making an already outstanding school in terms of academics, extracurricular
activities, and cultural interests, preeminent among the very best secondary schools in the nation. Our goal is to create
a school that is a nationwide model of excellence and an example of what can happen when a dedicated educational staff joins
with an involved and supportive community to make their students’ education needs the top priority. For specific questions
about the Foundation's goals please contact Jane Jones (949) 637-7330, or Chris Osterberg (714) 227-1363.
Why Have an Annual Fundraising
- State funding does not cover the cost to operate and maintain
Corona del Mar High School and Middle School at the level our parents expect.
dead last in class size
- California has the highest average college counselor case
load in the nation
- California and the District do not have funds for new
technology, projects, equipment or personnel that enrich academic and extracurricular programs
- There are insufficient government funds to maintain the campus
- As college entrance requirements rise, so do the expectations of our parents, and
- Government funding falls dismally short of these growing expectations.
The CdM Foundation’s Annual
Campaign has become a necessity, not an option. As parents, we simply cannot let our children be shorted the 21st century
skills and resources necessary for academic, extracurricular, cultural and social success.
Why a Multi-Year Pledge?
A majority of
the Foundation’s expenditures fund salaries that are under multiple year commitments and contracts. (guidance counselor,
guidance technician, community service coordinator, computer technician, etc.) Parents’ multi-year
pledges permit us to better match our resources to fulfill these multi-year needs. We ask all parents to contribute via a
multi-year pledge to support their children’s on-going educational needs. If you pledge a multi-year commitment when
your student starts as a 7th grader, we ask you to give for only 4 years, not the 6 years your child will be in school.
First, we view your commitment as a tremendous gift to the school, and we thank you, in part, by not asking for a contribution
in your child’s final year. Most funds raised go for programs that become implemented the following
academic year after your child will have graduated. We want you to view your contributions as having an immediate and direct
impact on your child’s education.
Is There Special Importance
Given to this Annual Fundraising Campaign?
Yes! Our fall fundraising campaign typically accounts for 80-100% of our total annual fundraising
dollar. Last year, almost all of the funds we raised came from our Annual Fundraising Campaign.
In some years Neptune’s Ball, our dinner auction, raises additional funds.
The Quad renovation was completed in 2010 but
with the current economy the Foundation is focused on continuing academic/counseling and technology support.
For every family who doesn’t give we lose critical resources that could have been invested
in valuable programs, personnel and technology. Because your child will benefit directly, we urge you to
make this your top personal philanthropic priority for the year. There are very few tax-deductible donations that directly
benefit our own children and by participating (at any level of contribution you can afford), you help send a positive message
to the entire community, as well as to our own children, that educating our children is the most important investment we can
make. Please be a bit selfish with your charitable donation budget for the next few years and give to the Foundation for the
benefit of your children.
What Has the Foundation Funded?
Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has raised $7 million
and has funded the following capital improvements:
Renovated the Quad area
Renovated the athletic
Renovated the gym foyer and new trophy case
Painted the exterior
of the entire school, landscaping, resurfaced the parking lots, pressure washed the entire campus, repaired leaky roofs and
renovated the Little Theater
Removed 1,300 dilapidated lockers
white boards and teacher tech stations for every teacher, purchased 400 new student desks, funded the Homework Hotline, put
in network wiring, renovated the language labs, outfitted a digital arts lab and an exploratory technology lab and began paying
for a computer technician on site
Partnered with the track boosters to put
in an all weather track instead of the lake that existed after any rain and built a chemistry lab to replace the one where
nothing worked, including the eye wash and other safety requirements.
After addressing the deferred maintenance (including the renovation of the Quad) and adding the new, state of the
art technology, the Foundation focused most of its budget on adding people. The Foundation is not permitted
to fund teaching positions. Over the years, the District recognized the benefit of some of the positions
created and funded by the Foundation and similar positions were created at each of the high schools and middle schools and
the District took over their funding at CdM. The Foundation's annual budget changes based on need, success
of a position and whether qualified candidates could be found for a position. Over the years, the Foundation
At least one Guidance
A College Counselor
A Guidance Technician to assist the
Guidance Counselors so the Counselors have more time to counsel
An activities director for the 7th and
A school nurse for 4 days instead of the 2 paid for by the District
service coordinator and an internship coordinator
At least one on-site computer technician
assistants in math, science, English, foreign language, social studies and music to reduce the effect of large class sizes
After-school math clinic, science clinic and English clinic
Senior Project Coordinator
Staff Development and Technology Training
The Foundation has continued to fund deferred
maintenance and capital items in recent years such as:
$200,000 for technology
a dry science lab for Earth Science and purchasing equipment for the lab
Rehabbing the bathrooms
the floors and painting the gymnasiums
Pressure washing the
campus each summer
Resurfacing the tennis courts, adding fencing around the track and repairing
root damage, purchasing furniture for the career center and the counseling office.
Does My Contribution Do for My 7th and 8th Grade Students? She/He Is Not in High School Yet.
The following areas
that have been funded by the CdM Foundation and specifically benefit 7th and 8th grade students:
Science, English, Math, Social
Studies, Music teaching assistants and clinics
and Technology Training
Counseling Office personnel,
including a Guidance Technician to assist Guidance Counselors so Counselors have more time to counsel
Grade Mentor Program TGIF (Organized Through our Community Service Coordinator)
Outfitted Dry Science Labs and provided Earth Science equipment
PC & Tech Labs and Onsite Computer Technician
Stations for Every Teacher
Gymnasium (the foundation renovated
the small gym frequented for use by CdM middle school and continues to resurface all the gyms)
Track and gymnasium improvements
Middle school exploratory technology class
As we move forward with the
Technology Plan, there will be additional benefits for middle school students, including a pilot laptop program, internet
cafes, and a state-of-the-art resource center. Middle school students eventually become high school students and for
the high school to continue to be one of the best schools in the country programs support must be consistent.
Why Should I Make a
Gift When I Do Not Agree with some of the School’s policies and actions?
Please do not withhold your
contribution to the Foundation’s fundraising campaigns to “punish” the school. Your children will lose the
benefits of the Foundation projects and personnel that cannot be paid for and, ultimately, no policies will be changed.
You can make a difference in the school’s policies and actions by participating in the PTA, Boosters and Foundation
and by voicing your concerns with the appropriate party or through the principals, Mr. Tim Bryan, CdM High School Principal,
or Mr. Guy Olguin, CdM Middle School Principal. They both have open-door policies and are eager to hear from all parents on
any issue. You also can make a significant positive difference by contributing to our annual giving and
I Volunteer a Great Deal of Time to the School.
Am I Expected to Give Money Too?
Yes! We welcome and value both contributions of time and money. If you are fortunate enough to be
able to devote time to our school, then you value and understand the school’s educational needs and the importance of
raising additional funds for our school. We thank you in advance for both your generous contributions.
Do I Have To Make an
Entire Gift Today?
No. For the Foundation Annual Fundraising campaign, we prefer a multi-year
pledge that, in effect, can be made in installments. Or, if you prefer, you can even make quarterly installments. We accept
Visa or Mastercard charge so you don’t miss out on travel awards etc.
What Is the Difference Between the Boosters Club
and the Foundation?
The School Booster supports the Four A’s, Academics, Arts, Activities, and Athletics, by providing
small grants on a request basis. Boosters accept requests for funding throughout the year based on funds
donated during the current year. The average Booster’s request is less than $2,000. While
the percentages distributed to each of the 4A’s vary from year to year, the Boosters try to set aside at least 30% of
their donations for staff development and continuing education, key components to the continued success of CDM.
Boosters raise about $100,000 each year. Generally, about 70% of the funds raised by Boosters goes to current
needs such as software licenses, targeted technology consistent with the technology plan, resource materials, special assemblies,
registration fees, academic enrichment and athletic support. The Boosters and the Foundation each have
portions of the strategic plan to implement with the funds they raise. It’s a great organization
and we urge you to contribute to CdM Boosters in addition to the Foundation.
The CdM Foundation focuses on the academic, social, cultural and extracurricular needs of the
schools over a multi-year planning horizon for which expenditures are in the tens of thousands to even hundreds of thousands
of dollars. In the past 10 years the Foundation has raised and invested over $7 million dollars in CdM. The
Foundation’s focus is on the academic and cultural life of the school including such things as college counselors, teachers’
aids, science and tech labs, deferred maintenance and new lockers. This year we are focusing our efforts
on raising $650,000 to support 5 full-time counseling, academic support and college counsleing positions as well as existing
programs such as after school tutoring and technology upgrades. Yes, that means we need to raise $1 million
this year. To be successful we need EVERYONE’S participation.
I Live In a Mello Roos Tax District. Aren’t I Already Contributing More Than Anyone Else?
of your Mello Roos taxes allocated for schools is used to provide physical facilities and equipment of a capital nature. These
funds represent one-time resources to add school facilities in order to help offset the impact of the additional student population
coming from your specific new development. For example, the lion’s share of Newport Coast Mello Roos funds allocated
to schools (as opposed to those funds allocated to fire stations, libraries, roads, etc.) supported elementary education with
the construction of Newport Coast Elementary School and the re-opening of Eastbluff Elementary School because Lincoln Elementary
School alone could not handle the new population of students. CdM HS received a very
small portion of those funds (something less than $1 million) for capital improvements as well at that time. The
final portion of Mello Roos were used to add additional parking spaces in the pool parking lot and replace the three tennis
courts that were removed to accommodate the parking area. This work is being completed in Fall 2010. Mello Roos does
not support or pay for improving the academic or extracurricular enrichment programs of a school.