FAQs about Giving at AATF

How does AATF fund its operations?
As a public, charter school, AATF has two primary sources of operating revenue – 1- state funding and 2- voluntary contributions. Contributions allow us to expand and enhance the distinctive programs at our school, increasing the exceptional opportunities for each student here.  It is important to note that, unlike traditional public schools, we do not receive any funding from local or county taxes.  It is also important to note that AATF has been awarded School Recognition money for 12 years in a row, as a result of earning an A ranking in the state.  While many other faculties in our state choose to disperse this money as bonuses for teachers, our teachers have traditionally chosen to donate 100% of this award back to the school.  Call to Action

Who is responsible for fundraising at AATF?
Our board of directors and PTO volunteers lead the efforts to solicit contributions that enhance resources and make the AATF education distinctive and outstanding. 

Who is asked to contribute? 
Our fundraising volunteers actively solicit and gratefully receive contributions from current parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the school through the Mustang Muscle and other campaigns.  

Is fundraising unique to Academy at the Farm?
No.  Charter schools have long relied upon the generous contributions and loyalty of their constituents to advance their schools. Nearly every charter, non-profit school depends on contributions to operate.

What is the Mustang Muscle? 
The Mustang Muscle is an ongoing fundraising effort for the school.  This annual fundraising effort plays a critical role in providing funds that support the outstanding opportunities at AATF and enriching resources and programs for our teachers and students. The Mustang Muscle follows the school's fiscal year which begins July 1 and ends June 30 the following year.

How does a family decide how much to give?
We need and appreciate gifts of all sizes.  Please give according to your family’s ability and your desire to make a difference through your gift.  The beautiful facilities and premier programs at Academy at the Farm today were made possible by past gifts. Just as previous donors have provided for our current students, existing members of the AATF family provide for today’s needs and those of future Mustangs.  

How will my gifts be used?
All revenue received is allocated and spent for one purpose: to benefit Academy at the Farm students.  All unrestricted gifts to the Mustang Muscle are used to enhance academics, arts, leadership and extra-curricular clubs and programs offered at AATF. Your unrestricted gifts give the school maximum flexibility in providing excellent and innovative programs for your children.  

Is our gift tax-deductible?
Yes.  Academy at the Farm is a qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the IRS, and donations made to the school are usually tax-deductible.  We recommend you consult with your tax professional with any specific questions you may have.