Where They Come From and Where They Go
In the 1970s, changes in California property tax laws cut deeply into public school funding, and the budget situation is not much better today. If not for private contributions, Mill Valley School District students would not receive a well-rounded education, which includes quality programs in music, art, poetry, drama, P.E. and dance. In addition, classroom and library aides, elementary school Spanish, global studies, and technology instruction continue to be areas in need of support. Private funds make up that difference.
Kiddo!’s Annual Giving Campaign, which kicks off each May with Donation Day, funds programs for the upcoming school year, and generates the vast majority of the revenues needed to fund Kiddo! programs. Currently, more than 80% of Kiddo!'s annual revenue is donated by generous Mill Valley School District families and matching gifts from their employers. Grandparents and community members also contribute to this campaign.
Our Business Partnership Program generates another 8% of Kiddo! revenue through the support of the local community and parent-owned businesses.
Kiddo!’s Endowment Fund distribution represents approximately 6% of Kiddo!'s annual revenue. Revenue from events like the Kiddo! Gala and the Memorial Day Carnival, as well as annual contributions from alumni families, help fund the Kiddo! Endowment.
Remaining revenues are generated by special events and other sources, including Shop-for-Kids (eScrip and other shopping programs) which costs donors nothing.
Thanks to our working Kiddo! Board of 26 volunteer parents and countless other volunteers, Kiddo! is able to allocate 90% of annual income to programs and teachers.
Because of our organizational integrity, financial accountability and transparency, Kiddo! has earned 4 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator, as well as Platinum status on GuideStar.