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Belinda D
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the project

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or other friend of the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS), you make it a very special place where our children thrive as middle school students. In order to support the school's fabulous programs to build sustainability-focused citizens, the PTA is joining Executive Director Susan Tenner to launch this Direct Appeal campaign. You can help us Spring into Action by helping us reach our goal by donating during this time-limited match period!

In January, the PTA approved a budget to support a variety of school programs. This Direct Appeal helps us close the funding gap for the PTA to support these valuable programs.

·        In-classroom culinary education sponsored by the PTA 

·        Expenses related to the Garden Manager and her work with all grades

·        Author visits 

·        Student social activities (i.e. WinterFest)

·        Teacher appreciation meals

·        Slow Food cooking class and planting

·        High school presentation by expert Joyce Szuflita,

·        BUGS’s meditation program through the David Lynch Foundation.

Students have already benefited greatly from these programs as you can see from the pictures attached.

Since September, the PTA has raised approximately $6,500 via uniform sales, cash donations from parents, Open House snack sales, and the Screenagers movie event. We also have more events to come including the Brooklyn PTA Fun Run, Flower Power, and a BUGS Book Fair. This Dirct Appeal Fundraiser will fill the gap for the PTA and School to raise the remaining funds necessary to fund these great programs!

We are thrilled that these types of expenses are eligible for a one-time matching grant of up to $5,000 facilitated by our fundraising platform provider IOBY. As soon as we start raising funds, matching funds will also be applied. If you follow the campaign, the amount that shows up in the 'Raise So Far' number will include all matching funds provided by IOBY.  

Act fast before the match runs out! There are other schools/programs running simultaneously that are also eligible for this matching grant and it is first come, first served for the limited funds, so please give generously and sooner than later so that we may take advantage of this one-time opportunity. Thank you for all you do to make BUGS special!!

the steps

Donate money via IOBY website at your earliest convenience so that we may take advantage of the matching $5,000 gift.

As these programs that we are funding are for this school year, we are aiming to complete our campaign no later than May 15, 2018.

Please also share this page with your friends and family so that they may contribute to our cause as well.

why we're doing it

By supporting these causes, we are all contributing to the incredible education that is well-rounded in scope including care for the environment, care for the teachers who show up every day, care for the constant progress of our gardening program and care for the future of our students as leaders. Help us give them the best education possible. 


Dibursed budget (5.29.18):

Funds raised through this campaign will be used as our original budget describes. 

RAISED = $13,479.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $391.57
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $13,052.43

Updated budget (5.17.18):

We have received a generous offline donation of $500 and have reduced our online goal by this amount. Our new goal is:


ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $390
TOTAL TO RAISE ON ioby= $13,425

Original budget:

This Direct Appeal Campaign will cover the following areas:

Garden Programming and staff costs - $5,000

Culinary Education in the Classrooms - $2,500

Meditation staffing resources - $5,000

Teacher Appreciation Meals and Perks for Teacher Appreciation Week - $500

High School Preparation PTA Event - $500

ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $405
TOTAL TO RAISE ON ioby= $13,940



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