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Each year, the District, its schools, clubs, and sports teams receive hundreds of donations to support their operations.
Individual notes of thanks and acknowledgement* are prepared by the receiving group for the donor. (*Written acknowledgement is required for donations of $250 or more. See the IRS rules for substantiation and disclosure of charitable contributions in Publication 1771.)
In cases where the donation is $500 or more, either in money or goods, the District's Business Office will also prepare and send a written acknowelgement to the donor, and will forward information about the donation to the School Board for approval. Accepting Gifts and Donations is part of the Board's consent agenda. Information on donations received can be found by reviewing the minutes of prior Board meetings, available on the Board Meeting Agendas page.
The Hillsboro School District also enjoys strong relationships with local governmental, business, and non-profit organizations.
Local Government: City of Hillsboro, Washington County, Hillsboro Police Department, Hillsboro Fire Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, Hillsboro Public Library.
Chamber: The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce has facilitated business involvement in our schools, recognizes educators with the annual Crystal Apple Awards Program, and manages our School-to-Work program, which arranges career-related learning experiences for our high school students.
Businesses: Companies like Intel and Nike have employee matching grant programs where $10 for every hour of an employee’s volunteered time (subject to a 20-hour minimum) goes directly to the organization they’ve volunteered for. These companies have also provided large stand-alone grants and other in-kind donations to our District and schools. Other corporate partners are Synopsys, which supports our annual District Science Fair and provides grants to schools, Tuality Healthcare, Qorvo, and many others.
Higher Education: We enjoy collaborative partnerships with several of our local colleges and universities, who work with us to create dual-credit options, articulation between high school and post-secondary content, and opportunities to learn workforce readiness skills. Portland Community College, Western Oregon University, and Portland State University are just a few of our partners.
Non-Profit Organizations: Churches and fraternal organizations provide consistent support to our students and schools through weekend food backpack programs, grounds maintenance projects, shelter and clothing support, provision of scholarships, and so on. Other organizations, such as The Right Brain Initiative, work with our schools to provide enrichment opportunities—in this case, in the arts—to our students by leveraging partnerships, grant dollars and donations to achieve maximum impact.
Assistance League: Assistance League non-profit chapters are designed to serve unique needs and challenges of each local community. To watch a recent, short news segment demonstrating their great work: click here.
The Hillsboro Schools Foundation (HSF) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to raise private funds to enhance public education. Through three major events each year—the Annual Gala & Auction Event, Tony’s Tourney Golf Tournament, and Annual Phone-A-Thon—HSF raises money, which it then distributes in the form of innovative education grants and direct donations to school clubs and teams in the Hillsboro School District. If you would like to make a donation in support of innovative education grants or if you need for your donation to go to an organization that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, please visit HSF on the web at:
Washington County Vision Action Network. Creciendo Juntos is a collaborative of thirteen business, economic development, education, government, health, housing and human service organizations convened and facilitated by the Vision Action Network. Creciendo Juntos partners have joined forces to collectively address acute childhood poverty in the Latino community of Western Washington County. Three elementary schools in Hillsboro are receiving their support: Lincoln Street, Reedville, and W.L. Henry.