Fundraising

Direct donations: please help the PTA’s efforts to provide food to our families.

We realize that for many this time is difficult and uncertain, but if you can make a one-time or monthly donation to the PTA, it will directly help us to continue to provide food to our families who need help. If you can help, please use the donation links on this page.

James John PTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization recognized by the IRS. Our 501(c)(3) tax number is 94-3039323. By donating to the PTA, you will directly support our efforts to improve your child’s school experience. We will gladly accept your donations, whether they be a one-time gift or recurring/monthly donations. We can provide you with a receipt and information about how your donation is spent.

As an independent, non-profit organization the James John PTA does not receive any funds from Portland Public Schools. Instead, we manage a budget that balances meaningful expenditures and sustainable fundraising efforts.

We are committed to providing family engagement events to our members and direct financial support to our school’s educators.

Each year we fund field trips, supplies, books for our literacy efforts, music and other art enrichment programs for students as well as events such as our numerous family movie nights, fall Back to School and Harvest Festivals, and academically-linked events like Multicultural Night and the Spring Showcase.

Our primary fundraising event occurs each spring, but we also rely on direct donations from members and friends on a one-time or sustained basis. Many of our direct donations are matched by employers as part of corporate matching programs.

We also sell plants in the Spring, Spirit Wear and concessions at our movie nights. Our Winter Craft Fair generates much-appreciated revenue as does our popular restaurant partnerships, where a portion of a restaurant’s sales are donated to the PTA. It’s through these fundraising efforts that we continue our tradition of support for James John’s learning community.

Use Amazon Smile to donate for free

  1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com (link opens in a new window).
  2. If prompted, sign into the site.
  3. You should see a screen giving you the choice of choosing one of Amazon’s “spotlight charities” or, underneath that, “pick your own charitable organization”.
  4. In the “pick your own charitable organization” section, search for James John PTA.
  5. In the search results, you should see James John PTA with Portland OR next to it. Select this option.
  6. To make sure you make a donation, you’ll have to use smile.amazon.com instead of just amazon.com. To make this easier, you can install a browser extension to automatically redirect you if you forget.
    1. You’ll be offered the chance to install Amazon’s own extension, which you can do, but be aware that is reported to track your browsing on non-amazon sites.
    2. Alternatively you can use a non-Amazon-built extension such as SmileAlways for Chrome, Amazon SMILE! for Firefox, or Donate And Smile for Safari.
Donate To The PTA

As an independent, non-profit organization the James John PTA does not receive any funds from Portland Public Schools. Instead, we manage a budget that balances meaningful expenditures and sustainable fundraising efforts. We are committed to providing family engagement events to our members and direct financial support to our school’s educators. Each year we fund field trips, supplies, books for our literacy efforts, music and other art enrichment programs for students as well as events such as our numerous family movie nights, fall Back to School and Harvest Festivals, and academically-linked events like Multicultural Night and the Spring Showcase. Our primary fundraising event occurs each spring, but we also rely on direct donations from members and friends on a one-time or sustained basis. Many of our direct donations are matched by employers as part of corporate matching programs. We also sell plants in the Spring, Spirit Wear and concessions at our movie nights. Our Winter Craft Fair generates much-appreciated revenue as does our popular restaurant partnerships, where a portion of a restaurant’s sales are donated to the PTA. It’s through these fundraising efforts that we continue our tradition of support for James John’s learning community.


Use Amazon Smile to donate for free

Amazon Smile is a scheme that donates 0.5% of everything you buy to a charity registered with Amazon. It doesn’t cost you any money at all and you can automatically donate to James John PTA. To set this up, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com (link opens in a new window).
  2. If prompted, sign into the site.
  3. You should see a screen giving you the choice of choosing one of Amazon’s “spotlight charities” or, underneath that, “pick your own charitable organization”.
  4. In the “pick your own charitable organization” section, search for James John PTA.
  5. In the search results, you should see James John PTA with Portland OR next to it. Select this option.
  6. To make sure you make a donation, you’ll have to use smile.amazon.com instead of just amazon.com. To make this easier, you can install a browser extension to automatically redirect you if you forget.
    1. You’ll be offered the chance to install Amazon’s own extension, which you can do, but be aware that is reported to track your browsing on non-amazon sites.
    2. Alternatively you can use a non-Amazon-built extension such as SmileAlways for Chrome, Amazon SMILE! for Firefox, or Donate And Smile for Safari.
Use the “pick your own charitable organization” option to search for James John PTA
Make sure you select James John PTA Portland OR for your charity.

Use Fred Meyer (Kroger) to donate for free

Like Amazon, Kroger (who owns Fred Meyer) has a charity donation scheme, called Kroger Community Rewards. If you sign up for it and choose James John PTA as your charity, you will donate money for us without it costing you anything.

  1. Go to the Kroger account sign in / sign up page (link opens in a new window).
  2. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one. Note: if you have a Fred Meyer account, this works as a login.
  3. Once signed in, select Community Rewards from the navigation.
  4. You might have to select a Preferred Store and / or Pickup location for the site to allow you to search for a charity. If this is the case, the most reliable method seems to be to update the Pickup information that’s displayed at the beginning of the page. Typing in a local zip code (for example: 97203) and then picking your store seems to work.
  5. Once you can search for a charity, search for James John PTA in the Find An Organization area and then click the Enroll button.
  6. That’s all you have to do.
Screenshot of the Kroger Find An Organization page showing James John PTA in the search field and the PTA showing in the search results.

Movie Nights

Several times each school year we open our auditorium, “The Lion’s Den”, to the community for free movie nights. At each family-friendly movie showing we sell pizza, popcorn, candy and bottled water. These concession sales pay for our movie use license and fund our various efforts in the school.

Restaurant Nights

We are so fortunate in St. Johns to be surrounded by wonderful restaurants. We will endeavor to team up with a local restaurant to host a James John Night several times throughout the year, with a portion of the evening’s profits going to the PTA. By joining us for a great meal with other James John families you are supporting the PTA while someone else does the cooking and cleaning! Check the Events Calendar for upcoming Restaurant Nights.

Spring Fundraiser

As you can see by the chart above, a large percentage of our annual budget is funded by our Spring fundraising event. This year’s event will be an adults-on Bingo night in St. Johns with food, drinks and plenty of fun opportunities to support the PTA. Stay tuned for details about this event.

Plant Sales

In the Spring, yard and garden plants are offered for sale by the PTA. All of these plant sales generate revenue for the PTA while providing beautiful plants at competitive prices.

Winter Craft Fair

Our annual holiday craft fair brings local artists together to sell their handmade crafts. Along with a wide variety of gifts, the fair also includes a bake sale, raffle, and PTA spirit wear and poinsettia sales.

Spirit Wear

We offer for sale a line of James John-branded apparel in children and adult sizes. This Spirit Wear is intended to help bolster school pride and provide an affordable way to support the PTA. Our children’s-sized apparel are sold at 5% over cost and the adult items at a slightly higher mark up. Our intention is to deliver branded merchandise to families at low enough prices to make James John Spirit Wear as affordable as any t-shirts or hoodies found in stores. We earn enough from the sale of the adult items to provide a meaningful level of financial support to the PTA. Look for Spirit Wear sale tables at all PTA events.

Corporate Matching

Many businesses in our area support non-profits through employee giving campaigns and matching programs. Your donation to the James John PTA qualifies for these charitable donations and depending on your company’s giving practices, they may be able to set you up for monthly donations which they match. Multiply your support and realize a tax benefit at the same time. Check with your employer’s Human Resources Department for information about these opportunities. If you need information from us to help you set up these donations, please contact us at fundraising@jamesjohnpta.org.

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