The Cherokee County Educational Foundation Board of Directors recently received good news that was more than a year in the making: the organization has been awarded official 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity status from the Internal Revenue Service.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, March 25 during the board's regular meeting, which was held at Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy in Canton.
The Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for the Cherokee County School District, applied for the official designation more than a year ago after its initial organization in the fall of 2012, and IRS officials reviewed its structure, bylaws, mission and budget as part of the approval process.
“A little more than a year ago, a new nonprofit foundation was established to support the Cherokee County School District and its outstanding teachers and students, and you joined us in our mission,” Board President Billy Hasty said. “Since then, the Cherokee County Educational Foundation has awarded more than $20,000 in grants to teachers and students… and we’ve only just begun.”
The news comes just as the Foundation launches its second annual community fundraising campaign, For the Love of Education.
Money raised by the Foundation is distributed to the school district and its schools through grants to teachers for classroom innovation, assistance for students and funding for district initiatives such as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academies.
Donations from business, organizations and individuals may be made online via the Foundation’s website at www.cherokeecountyeducationalfoundation.org or may be mailed to P.O. Box 4754, Canton, Ga. 30114. All donations are tax deductible.
Donors who give $100 or more are recognized on the Foundation’s website. Recognition levels are: Platinum, $5,000 or more; Gold, $2,500-$4,999; Silver, $1,000-$2,499; Bronze, $500-$999; and Friend, $100-$499.