End–of-the-year donations can be a win-win in so many ways. You get a great feeling for helping a good cause and you receive a tax benefit. The non-profit organization is blessed with revenue above and beyond the normal donation base, perhaps having a month in the black to counter some of the lean times earlier in the year. Since these groups often are hit hard by economic down-turns, they typically need to cut back on personnel or programs when the budget is not met, which in turn shortchanges the clientele.
Covenant Homeschool Resource Center is the only “all-in-one” place for homeschoolers in Phoenix (and Arizona) to go for:
- Great prices on new curriculum and FABULOUS prices on used materials
- Standardized testing for students
- Supplemental classes for students (math, science, art, Spanish and more)
- Free consultation and encouragement for parents
- Networking and new friendships for families
- Special activities for homeschool groups
- Information and access to the Arizona chapter of the homeschool honor society, Eta Sigma Alpha
This small facility in Central Phoenix is packed with resources for making the homeschool journey successful in every way. Staffed by a couple of part-time homeschool moms who have graduated their students, the center draws one to five new families every day in addition to the established homeschoolers who come for services. The need for personnel is increasing, yet the organization stretches its income to meet the daily operational costs. Extra year-end donations provide a small cushion for hiring a new part-time assistant who will ease the burden on the current staff.
Janet Forte, Office Manager, gives this report: “Our most important service is to offer information, encouragement and support for homeschoolers; especially those new to homeschooling. Your donation will help us maintain our small staff of veteran homeschooling moms and wonderful homeschooling volunteers. We attend the convention each year, learn what curriculum is new, keep up with changes in the law, and attend AFHE's leadership conference regularly. We also have an excellent relationship with Maricopa County's Home School Liaison as she visits regularly to learn from us what is new in homeschooling while we learn from her what homeschooling families, who have registered with the County, are in need of. We also learn from her about new laws that could possibly affect homeschooling. As homeschool parents our staff knows first-hand the challenges and benefits of homeschooling. As a contributor to Covenant you will directly help many families including those that tell us they came to Covenant overwhelmed and stressed but left encouraged and more confident in their ability to homeschool!
In addition to homeschooling "consultations" our next biggest service is our bookstore. Covenant is one of the few brick and mortar homeschool resource centers in the country! Homeschooling families find it invaluable to be able to talk to homeschool moms who may have used the curriculum they are interested in, plus it is a great benefit to be able to tangibly compare curriculum.
Our classes are our smallest ministry. We do not make any money from our classes. All tuition collected goes directly to teachers, class supplies, taxes and insurance costs. We consider our classes supplemental as we only meet once a week (or less) and we understand the importance of parents being in charge of their child's education.
In summary, 2013 has proven to be an extremely busy year. In order to prepare towww.examiner.com/node/add/story serve even more homeschoolers in 2014, we need your help. With your help our plan is to hire a new staff member, remain solvent and, funds permitting, become a vendor for more popular curriculum! Won't you consider giving to Covenant?
Covenant Homeschool Resource Center has been the go-to place for Arizona families since 2001, and thousands of homeschoolers have found the support and resources they needed at just the right time. The center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible. Your help will mean so much to the increasing numbers of families engaging on this wonderful education adventure.
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