#GivingTuesday: Year End Ask, Dines Out, and Pub Night!

#GivingTuesday (www.givingtuesday.org) is a worldwide celebration of giving that occurs each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The social media event, taking place this year on November 29, encourages people to give time, money or goods to causes or organizations they wish to support. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 different countries were a part of #GivingTuesday, and this year we invite you to support the Buckman Foundation as part of #GivingTuesday in one of two ways.

First, the Foundation is kicking off its annual Year End Ask campaign on #GivingTuesday. This month-long fundraiser asks families and members of the Buckman community to donate directly to the Foundation. Last year, we raised $12,000 in support of our amazing school, and we hope to exceed that amount this year. Donating is simple: head to www.allhandsraised.org and select Buckman ES. Fill in your details with your selected donation amount, and you are done. We encourage everyone to consider being a monthly donor, which you can set up directly on the website.

Second,migration-brewing-logo our monthly Dines Out event will be on #GivingTuesday at Migration Brewing from 5:30-9:30 pm. Stop by for a drink, snack, or full meal and Migration will generously donate a portion of sales to the Foundation. We are doubling up by hosting November’s Foundation Pub Night at 7:00 pm at Migration as well; look for the sign to join in the conversation. We have lots of exciting plans taking shape for the remainder of the school year. Come find out how you can get involved!

Migration Brewing – 2828 NE Glisan St – www.migrationbrewing.com

Bowling for Buckman: Bowl-A-Ween Is This Sunday!

Bowl-A-Ween, one of Buckman’s most popular fundraisers, will take place on Sunday, October 30, 11am – 1pm at Grand Central Bowl. All lanes at the bowling alley will be reserved for Buckman families, so come ready to party! Arcade games on the upper level will also be available.

Admission is based on a sliding scale, $5-$10 for kids and $10-$15 for adults; all proceeds benefit the Buckman Foundation. Shoe rental is included with admission. There will be a raffle drawing and crazy costumes and a generally awesome time!

Buckman Auction, Happening THIS Saturday!

Hard to believe the time is here, but the Buckman Auction is happening this weekend! Don’t forget to pick up auction tickets before the big event on April 30 at the Hinson Baptist Church! House Spirits Distillery is offering a FREE DRINK to auction-goers who arrive right as the doors open at 7:00 pm. The party goes until 11:00, so get ready to bid, bid, and bid again! There are some incredible items available this year; it’s going to be epic!

Still need tickets? Buy yours online now or look for one of the parent volunteers selling tickets at drop-off this week.

Our generous community has stepped up and filled most of the volunteers spots to prep and run the big event, but the auction team is still looking for a few more people to cover short shifts. Take a peak here and sign up!

If you have any last-minute questions, feel free to contact the auction team at auction@buckmanelementary.org. If not, get ready for an awesome party and see you there!

Auction Volunteer Opportunities Abound!

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The annual auction is just weeks away, and things are ramping up. The Buckman community does an amazing job each year of coming together to make this event super fabulous. Here are some simple volunteer opportunities for those looking to contribute to the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year:

  • Get a sneak peak of the auction! Volunteers are needed to help set up during the day/evening on Friday, April 29, multiple shifts are available. There are also opportunities to help with check-in/check-out and tear-down on the night of the auction itself. Check out the options by visiting the sign-up page.
  • Make auction night a little sweeter by contributing a dessert. If you have something that is particularly scrumptious and would like to contribute, sign up here to share your dish.
  • Are you a Buckman parent with an OLCC license? If so, we could use your help pouring drinks for a short period on the night of the auction itself. Get in touch at auction@buckmanelementary.org!

Proceeds from the annual auction go to the Buckman Foundation, which helps support our fantastic arts and literacy teams. Thank you for all you do to make the auction a night to remember!

April is Auction Month – Tickets on Sale Now

The Buckman Auction is less than a month away, and tickets to the event are now available online. The early-bird price of $30/ticket is only available for a short while; prices go up to $40/ticket on April 13! Get them now to secure your spot.

This year’s auction is going to be incredible: photos sessions, wine tastings, summer camps and more! So many amazing auction items are up for grabs, and attending the auction is a fun and fabulous way to support Buckman’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Buckman Auction 2016
Hinson Baptist Church
1137 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Doors open at 7:00 pm


Buckman School Foundation

What is the Buckman Foundation?

The Buckman Foundation is a parent volunteer-led organization that operates under the umbrella of the nonprofit Fund for Portland Public Schools. Money raised through the Buckman Foundation provides funds to fill the gap between the annual Portland Public Schools (PPS) budget and the funds needed to ensure Buckman is a welcoming and supportive place where all students learn, grow, and express themselves to their fullest potential. 

Buckman doesn’t receive any additional funding from the district to support our unique arts curriculum. Rather, it’s thanks to the hard work of parent volunteers and the incredible generosity of families, businesses, teachers, and community members who volunteer and donate to the Buckman Foundation that we’ve been able to preserve Buckman’s arts team, keep the library fully staffed, and add staff to provide more support for individual students.

What is the Buckman Foundation?

The Buckman Foundation is a parent volunteer-led organization that operates under the umbrella of the nonprofit Fund for Portland Public Schools (https://fundforpps.org/lsf-faq). Money raised through the Buckman Foundation provides funds to pay for additional teachers and staff to help fill the gap between the annual Portland Public Schools (PPS) budget and what our community feels we need to ensure Buckman is a welcoming and supportive place where all students learn, grow, and express themselves to their fullest potential. 

The Buckman Foundation is separate from the PTA, which raises money for teacher training, school supplies, equipment, technology and the new nature playground, but we all work closely together. 

How can I get involved with the Foundation?

We’d love to meet you virtually! There are opportunities big and small to join the fundraising efforts at Buckman. Email foundation@buckmanelementary.org with your questions, ideas, and feedback or to learn more about getting involved.

How can I give to the Foundation?

Parents, families, and friends can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring contribution at https://fundforpps.org/donate-index-impact or checks made out to The Fund for PPS with Buckman in the memo line can be mailed or dropped off at the school (double check open hours).

We hope to restart “Buckman Dines Out” (perhaps as “Buckman Takes Out”) and add other creative fundraising opportunities soon. Have an idea? Let us know. 

How can I stay connected with Buckman?

We know there is a lot of information coming from all directions. Here are some of the ways Buckman volunteers get their information to you.

Konstella – This is an opt-in messaging system used by many staff members, the PTA, and the Foundation to communicate information about school happenings. Sign up for your account at https://www.konstella.com.

Buckman Community Facebook Group – Request to join this informal community group, where parents, families, and staff ask questions and share feedback. https://www.facebook.com/groups/951435464869628

Weekly Newsletter – The Buckman Foundation and other groups regularly contribute information to the school’s weekly newsletter, sent each week by Principal Seidel. If you are not receiving the school newsletter, check with administrators to be sure they have the correct email address on file.

Buckmanelementary.org – This website! 🙂


Our Buckman volunteers make it all happen! There are opportunities to fit every availability and interest. You can work independently, with a buddy, or with a great group of people. Volunteering in 2020-2021 may look a little different than previous years, but we need all the help we can get!

Currently open positions:

  • Foundation Chair Mentee – Work side-by-side with the Foundation Chair and an amazing team of volunteers to plan Foundation activities and fundraisers.
  • Auction Chair & Committee – The Buckman Auction may look different than in previous years, but we had a successful virtual auction last spring and plan to keep the fundraising going! We’ll need lots of volunteers to make the event go! We especially need assistance with procurement this year; reach out if you are interested.
  • Dines Out Outreach – We love partnering with local restaurants for our ongoing Dines Out events, and need help contacting local businesses who would be interested in supporting Buckman through our program.

DROP US A LINE—We’d love to meet you! Email foundation@buckmanelementary.org with your questions, ideas, feedback and to learn more about volunteer opportunities.