Why does the PTSA conduct fundraising activities?

Our PTSA is an independent non-profit organization with a mission to enhance and support the educational programs and environment at Rachel Carson. To provide the support to our school and children, to make certain programs are possible, and to bridge the gap between public funds and actual expenses, we need to raise money. In order to raise funds, the PTSA conducts a variety of fundraisers.

Where does my money go?

Rachel Carson PTSA funds programs, equipment, classroom supplies, and services each year that benefit our students. Programs like  Nature Vision, Art, Math programs, field trips, assemblies  and items such as extra computers, library books, Gaga Pit, new Kindergarten playground, School Reader Board, Climbing Wall, and so much more would not exist without PTSA fundraising.

What fundraisers can I expect this year?

We have two types of fundraisers, Active Fundraisers and Passive Fundraisers. Active fundraisers are those which we plan and coordinate ourselves, and from which 100% of the funds go directly to the PTSA. Passive fundraisers are those in which we've partnered with another organization, and typically these fundraisers involve very little ongoing effort from us. At the same time, we collect only a fraction of the funds spent, the remainder going to the partner organization.

Active Fundraisers

Force of the Falcons Fun Run

Microsoft Giving Campaign

  • For any parents, friends or relatives that work at Microsoft and want to donate to Rachel Carson PTSA, they can do so through the Microsoft giving campaign, which will automatically send funds once or month to the PTSA. 


Passive Fundraisers

Amazon Smile

  • Go to smile.amazon.com and select Rachel Carson PTSA as your charity (yes we are listed as Tacoma, WA)

Bartell Drugs

B-Caring Program

  • Get a ‘B’ Caring card and designate Rachel Carson PTSA to get up to 4% of your purchase!

Box Tops for Education

  • Clip Box Tops off of many everyday products and turn them in to the school for credit!
  • Also sign up online and choose Rachel Carson PTSA at http://www.boxtops4education.com/

Pass the Hat

  • Parent donations are appreciated and we will enable pass the hat donations towards winter/spring.



Your donations to Rachel Carson PTSA can be doubled by participating in your Company’s Corporate Matching Program.

CORPORATE MATCHING doubles your donation to Rachel Carson! Many local companies will match donations to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations like Rachel Carson PTSA. Check with your employer! Here are some companies that match employee donations:

Adobe, Alaska Air, AT&T Wireless, Bank of America, Boeing, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Costco, Drugstore.com, Eddie Bauer, Expedia, Gates Foundation, Google, Home Street Bank, Macy's, Medtronic Inc., Microsoft, Motorola, Nike, Nintendo, Nordstrom, Real Networks, Red Hook, Red Robin, REI, Shurgard, Safeco, State Farm Insurance, Starbucks, Sur La Table, Telecom Pioneers, T-Mobile, UPS, Uwajimaya, Windemere.

Microsoft is a large source of matched donations. MS employees initiate matching through the MS intranet or can sign in here to have their donations matched: