16 Phx Union Schools Benefitt from Donation of $100,000 From the Burton Family Foundation
Posted by Community Relations at 11/18/2015
Clubs at all 16 Phoenix Union schools have benefitted from a donation of $100,000 from the Burton Family Foundation to Support My Club, an organization that provides online crowd-funding matching donors with high school clubs in need of support. A total of 26 high schools in the Phoenix area and over 100 different clubs and extracurricular activities received all 694 items requested, valued at $100 or more. For every $100 of value received, the club completes one hour of community service. Metro Tech was the largest benefactor, receiving 96 items, valued at $25,000 for 23 club or activity requests. Camelback’s 23 items were worth $13,000. The items are as varied as percussion tubes for the band, a black table cloth, stand-up banner; digital camera, competitions, CPR training, boom box, chess clock; graduation cords and a mascot costume.
“Our hope is that this investment empowers high school students to pursue their interests and also build positive relationships with peers and adults,” Burton Family Foundation founder Christy Burton said.
The flash funding came without notice as the foundation funded all items posted by all clubs at all of Maricopa County’s Title I (low income) public high schools.
“Engaging our youth in clubs, sports and activities is one of our primary goals. We know that involvement in these activities leads to increased academic achievement. We are grateful to Support My Club and the Burton Family Foundation for their generous contribution,” Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson said.
According to Support My Club founder Amy Armstrong, the organization was created to equip students to pursue their interests, reduce sponsor and coach out-of-pocket costs and minimize time spent on fundraising, so participants can focus on their club’s activity.
Support My Club is at www.supportmyclub.org.