The Killarney Parent Fundraising Society (KPFS) raises money to enrich Montessori education
at Killarney School in Calgary, Alberta.
Killarney Parent Fundraising Society invests in materials and initiatives that enrich the learning environment for our children at Killarney School. We strive to be a model example of a public Montessori school; where a community of students, parents and teachers work together to create an enviroment in which each child may explore & discover their world.
We invest in initiatives that:
Provide experiential, hands-on, learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom
Encourage a holistic understanding of the world
Build a strong sense of community in the school
Complement Alberta’s K-6 curriculum
Align with the Montessori philosophy
As of October 2012, we are a registered Canadian charity.
Registration # 888181013RR0001
In the words of Maria Montessori, we hope that the environment and experiences we provide at Killarney School will “give to each child the chance to fulfill his/her potential possibilities.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did KPFS start the Annual Fundraising Campaign?
In the past, casinos were our only source of reliable and significant funds. Unfortunately, hundreds of organizations compete to access Alberta's 'charitable gaming' opportunities, so we were limited to one casino every 18 - 24 months. Our other 'product based' fundraisers took alot of time and effort for very small results - when you purchase a product, most of the revenue goes to the business that makes the product, and only a small portion (20% - 30%) comes back to the school.
For example, in 2011 we ran a magazine sale campaign in which we sold about $12,000 in subscriptions. The school received only $3,500.
Take a moment to watch the video on the bottom of this page for a creative and visual presentation of why KPFS does one annual fundraising campaign!
How were the donation guidelines determined?
We have about 350 students in the school. If every family gave approximately $125 per student our goal of $30,000 is achievable! A family with two children could therefore use $250 as a guideline. This is a similar about spent per family on product-based fundraisers in previous years. We know that some families may be comfortable with larger or smaller amounts, but all contributions help us reach our goal.
Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes! Killarney Parent Fundraising Society (KPFS) is a registered Canadian charity and will issue tax receipts for all donations over $50.
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to learn more about tax credits.
Can I donate through the United Way?
Yes. A number of companies have employee charitable giving programs, where you can automatically have deductions taken from your paycheque and allocated to the charity of your choice. Many companies use the United Way, where you can choose from a huge number of charitable organizations, in which to direct your funds. Killarney Parend Fundraising Society (KPFS) is an eligible charity for the United Way program.
How much of my donation goes to Killarney School?
All of it! When you donate though the Annual Fundraising Campaign 100% of your donation goes to the Killarney Parent Fundraising Society (KPFS). The money is then invested in the school according to the principles of the society and our stated funding objectives.
We pride ourselves on our efficient administrative costs, which are only 4% of our total budget.
Are donation amounts confidential?
Yes. The only person who will see your contribution amount is the KPFS Treasurer. They may provide statistical reporst on contribution totals and averages to other board members, however individual donars cannot be identified.
Can I donate online?
Yes! This year we will be accepting online donations through GoFundMe. Click on the link below to be redirected to GoFundMe to donate today!
Can I ask friends and family to donate through GoFundMe?
How are the draw prize winners selected?
Yes! As this is the only way we fundraise for the school for the entire year, any contribution from yourself, family or friends is greatly appreciated!
Winners are selected from all participants who submit donations before the deadlines. Winners are selected through a random draw. The draw prizes are small tokens of our appreciation to all donors who support Killarney School through this campaign, regardless of the donation amount.