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.

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).

How can I stay connected with Buckman?

  • 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! 🙂

Volunteer

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.

  • 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.

Email foundation@buckmanelementary.org with your questions, ideas, feedback and to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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Upcoming Events
May
24
Tue
6:00 pm 22/23 PTA Budget Meeting – Revie... @ Buckman Elementary
22/23 PTA Budget Meeting – Revie... @ Buckman Elementary
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a PTA Budget Meeting where feedback on the proposed PTA 2022 – 2023 budget will be reviewed. This budget supports all of the PTA related activities and events throughout the school year and the intention is to support inclusiveness and equity at 
Jun
7
Tue
all-day Field Day Volunteers Needed! @ Buckman Elementary
Field Day Volunteers Needed! @ Buckman Elementary
Jun 7 all-day
We are looking for parent volunteers to help out with our upcoming field day. There are many fun activities to choose from. K-2 shifts are from 9:15 am to 10:45 am 3-5 Shifts from 12:45-2:15pm Signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4fa8a729a2f85-field Activity Link: https://www.konstella.com/activity-details.html?activityId=6282ce8790fa490e6b788e94
Jun
30
Thu
all-day PTA General Fund Contributions @ Buckman Elementary
PTA General Fund Contributions @ Buckman Elementary
Jun 30 all-day
Funds are distributed to classroom teachers and staff to pay for materials, special events and speakers, pay for additional arts staffing, and support for families in need. Buckman PTA donations are 501(c)(3) tax deductible ID #93-1053532 – Done a la PTA de Buckman Elementary. Los