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 to the 2022-23 school year! Learn more about how to get connected at Buckman.
Upcoming Events
9:00 am Buckman Picture Day! @ Buckman Elementary
Buckman Picture Day! @ Buckman Elementary
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Activity Link: https://www.konstella.com/activity-details.html?activityId=64fce0e147fc3745c6e2401a
5:30 pm Buckman Family Fitness Night
Buckman Family Fitness Night
Sep 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for a night of games and activities! Soccer, Futsal, Gaga ball, Circus Arts, Obstacle Course, Basketball, Hula Hoop, Taekwondo, and more! We will need volunteers to lead activities, if you are interested please sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E44AEAE22A7F49-buckman#/ Activity Link: https://www.konstella.com/activity-details.html?activityId=6500905e47fc3745c6f40b8a
6:00 pm PTA General Membership Meeting @ Buckman Elementary
PTA General Membership Meeting @ Buckman Elementary
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for our first hybrid PTA meeting of the year. Agenda: –approve PTA standing orders (requires Oregon PTA membership to vote) –review 23/24 PTA budget –vote on new membership (requires Oregon PTA membership to vote) –hear from Joanne Shephard from Portland Area Teachers (PAT) 
8:30 am Buckman Moves FUN Raiser – Volun... @ Buckman Elementary
Buckman Moves FUN Raiser – Volun... @ Buckman Elementary
Oct 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Volunteers are needed to help make our first fundraiser of the year a huge success! Activity Link: https://www.konstella.com/activity-details.html?activityId=64f9f3c247fcbc1e0789c250
8:45 am Community Coffee Chat w/ Admin @ Buckman Elementary
Community Coffee Chat w/ Admin @ Buckman Elementary
Oct 12 @ 8:45 am – 9:30 am
Join us for our in person monthly coffee chat with Buckman admin. Let us know what you’d like to hear about here. Coffee provided by Buckman PTA. Bring your own mug! Buckman PTA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Coffee ChatTime: Oct 
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