The Keep It Fox Fund (KIFF) is a way for parents and the community to supplement and stabilise Fox’s operating budget through voluntary monthly or one-off donations. In the face of the ongoing squeeze on schools budgets, these donations are critical for Fox to maintain the staffing levels, environment and educational opportunities our kids enjoy.
How to donate
One-off or regular monthly donations can be set up online via the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) platform using the link below.
Payroll Giving enables employees to donate to a registered charity with pre-tax money. If your employer offers Payroll Giving (also referred to as ‘workplace giving’) we can help you set this.
Employer match funding
Match funding is a straightforward concept. It involves an employer agreeing to match, or partially match a number of donations to a charity or cause. If your employer offers this please let them know about your donations to Keep it Fox.
KIFF falls under Fox’s parent organisation, the Fox School Association (FSA), which is a registered charity (Charity No. 1178799)
FAQs about KIFF:
Is KIFF a registered charity?
KIFF falls under Fox’s parent organisation, the Fox School Association (FSA), which is a registered charity (Charity No. 1178799). Because it is part of a registered charity, donations are eligible for tax savings – be this through Gift Aid or Payroll Giving. In addition this also allows for employer match funding.
Why is KIFF separated from the FSA activities?
KIFF’s purpose is to support Fox in maintaining the staffing levels, the environment and educational opportunities Fox pupils enjoy. The funds are transferred to Fox and the governing body will decide how best to deploy these funds.
The FSA is a community minded association which organises events and social gatherings. WIthin these there are opportunities to raise funds. These funds are most often used to enrich the facilities and experience of children at Fox, such as theatre trips, the jazz workshop, sports week, library books, technology, etc. The parents decide annually how these funds are used.
Who donates to KIFF?
Anyone can donate to KIFF. Most donors are current Fox parents, though sometimes alumni parents, grandparents, godparents or others make contributions as well. In addition, some employers offer matching programs for charitable giving and in that way contribute to KIFF.
As a school community, our goal this year is 100% participation among Fox families – every £ counts! This goal reflects the fact that KIFF benefits all children at Fox and we all share the common goal of providing the best possible education for our kids.
If you do not want to donate online, please contact the school office to discuss other ways to donate.
How is KIFF money used?
All money raised through KIFF is transferred to Fox Primary School and is then used at the discretion of the school’s administration within its operating budget. Given that roughly 80% of Fox’s costs are staffing costs, most (if not all) of the money raised by KIFF goes to paying teacher salaries, primarily for additional Teaching Assistants and Specialist Teachers.
For example, money raised during the 2019-20 school year will fund additional classroom teaching assistants and contribute to funding specialist teachers in PE, art, music, etc. during the 2020 -21 school year.
Fox is a state school. Why do we need KIFF?
The implementation of the National Funding Formula and the ongoing squeeze school funding means a significant reduction in per-pupil government funding in real terms for many schools, including Fox. Without additional funds, Fox will not be able to maintain its current level of provision, such as:
Maintaining adequate pupil:teacher ratios, allowing for needed interventions and the capacity to extend the curriculum to meet the needs of individual students
Offering the breadth and depth of curriculum it currently provides
Supplementing classroom learning with field trips and other experiences
Offering the quantity and quality of clubs our kids enjoy
Offering Breakfast Club and Fox Play for as many children as are currently accommodated, as we have extra staff
Who can I contact to learn more?
For more information please contact Keep it Fox using the below form.
Alternatively feel free to chat to Mr Cotter at the gate.