First Congo is a non-profit 501©(3) corporation that receives no funding from foundations or government agencies. It depends exclusively upon tuition, fundraising, and charitable contributions for its revenue.
Check, cash, or stock are welcomed monetary gifts. Additionally, gifts may be made to honor a family member, friend or favorite teacher. Many companies will match their employees’ charitable gifts; check with your Human Resources Department to see what the policy is.
Family foundations considering a contribution, or individuals wishing to make a gift of corporate stock, should contact the Director or Treasurer for further information. All contributions are tax deductible according to tax law guidelines.
You can make a donation online to any of the below funds on our payment page.
The Enrichment Fund
The Enrichment Fund buffers our general operating fund and is used for capital improvements and unbudgeted expenditures.
Sources of money:
- eScrip rebates
- donations of money or stock
- interest from accounts and investments
- surplus funds at the end of each fiscal year
Money in this fund is used:
- to purchase unbudgeted teaching materials and equipment
- for upkeep and capital improvements to the rooms and yard
- for tech expenses (website, computers, etc.)
- to provide staff support
Lee Newman Scholarship Fund
The Lee Newman Scholarship Fund was established when our much-loved “Teacher Lee” retired after helping to establish our program in 1963 and continuing to guide the 3’s for over 20 years. Tax-deductible donations received into this fund help make up any deficit that may exist when trying to meet all scholarship requests.
Mae Kenrick Fund
In 2002 a fund was established to honor our beloved “Teacher Mae” Kenrick, who retired after 31 years of teaching at First Congo.
This fund was created to be a reserve fund and to provide stability for the nursery school. Tax-deductible contributions to the Mae Kenrick Fund provide a meaningful way for families to support teachers and the overall program.
Money from this fund is used for:
- teacher education
- underwriting parent education events
- helping to provide special resource teachers
Gayle Nathe Fund
The Gayle Nathe Fund was established to honor Gayle and help realize the dreams that Gayle had for our school environment. Over her long and dedicated career at First Congo, Gayle looked for the school to be environmentally responsible while at the same time plant the seed of environmentalism in the children who attend our program. The Gayle Nathe Fund seeks to continue her hard work and dedication to being good stewards of the planet.