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! 🙂


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.

Good to Know INFO
Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! Learn more about how to get connected at Buckman.
Upcoming Events
5:00 pm Buckman Dines out at Nostrana @ Nostrana 1401 SE Morrison
Buckman Dines out at Nostrana @ Nostrana 1401 SE Morrison
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Book your reservation today for our Buckman Dines out at Nostrana in October. October 5th, 5-9:30 pm 10% of proceeds benefit Buckman. https://nostrana.com/ Activity Link: https://www.konstella.com/activity-details.html?activityId=63222cb278b8f032c8197d12
all-day Reminder: Get those pledges for ... @ Buckman Elementary
Reminder: Get those pledges for ... @ Buckman Elementary
Oct 7 all-day
We are less than 2 weeks away to one of our most FUN & BIGGEST fundraisers of the year, but are only at 30% of our fundraising goal! Don’t forget to have friends and family fill out your pledge sheet (attached), or donate online at: 
6:00 pm October PTA Meeting @ Buckman Elementary
October PTA Meeting @ Buckman Elementary
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for our first PTA meeting of the year from 6-8 in the Buckman cafetorium. Activity Link: https://www.konstella.com/activity-details.html?activityId=63268e5d78b8a9ee49ac8e33
6:00 pm Save the Date – OMSI Family Night! @ Buckman Elementary Cafetorium
Save the Date – OMSI Family Night! @ Buckman Elementary Cafetorium
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Save the date! OMSI Science Festival is coming to Buckman on Wednesday October 19th at 6pm. Come for a bit or the whole time. All families welcome, grownups are asked to be with their students at all times. OMSI will fill the cafeteria with tables 
all-day Move For The Arts @ Buckman Elementary
Move For The Arts @ Buckman Elementary
Oct 21 all-day
From the Buckman Elementary Student: On Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, I will be participating in the Buckman Elementary Move For The Arts. I will have 20 minutes to run, walk, dance or cheer on my classmates. I’m going to move my body however I feel 
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