Your Gifts Make a Difference

Fundraising is essential to the radical transformation taking place in our school. Staying safe during the pandemic has demanded that we renovate our buildings, redesign the classroom experience, adapt how we teach, and prioritize health-safety and social emotional learning so that trust, compassion, and mutual respect set the stage for innovative and equitable education opportunities.

There are multiple ways to support the School:

Donate to Paul Cuffee SchoolOnline Giving

This is the quickest way to make a gift to Paul Cuffee School. Use the button on the right to make your gift online, and please consider a monthly gift to support new books and technology, free breakfast and lunch for students’ whose families cannot afford to pay their child’s meal balances, and the additional health-safety supplies and equipment for 800+ students and their teachers to safely engage in learning, from home, at school or a combination of both.

Checks with Designated Funds

Designating Paul Cuffee School as your charity of choice supports teaching innovation and hands-on learning opportunities that we otherwise cannot afford to offer. It also helps cover the costs of our afterschool enrichment programs and building improvements that are not reimbursed by the state or city government. Please make your check payable to the Paul Cuffee Fund so that your donation can be used where it is most needed. Mail your donation to: Paul Cuffee School, Development Office, 459 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908.

Donor Advised Funds

You can establish a charitable gift fund with your investment company or at a community foundation like United Way or RI Foundation to ensure that the causes you care about, like Paul Cuffee School, will continue to receive your support for years to come. Donor Advised Funds also provide an excellent opportunity to honor the memory of a loved one as they can be established in their name to support the organization that was dear to their heart.

To designate Paul Cuffee School as your charity of choice one or more times each year requires that you contact your investment company’s advisor directly and request that your tax-deductible gift be wired or mailed to the school. These funds help support current projects and special programs that directly impact teaching and learning.

Other Ways to Give

Gifts to Endowments

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Paul Cuffee School has established two restricted funds at the Rhode Island Foundation. Donations to the David C. Burnham Maritime Fund tie the legacy of our beloved founding Board President to the marine-themed curriculum, grade level projects, and outdoor education opportunities that distinguish our school. Your gifts make it possible for Paul Cuffee students to benefit from educational enrichment programs like those offered at Mystic’s Seaport, Herreshoff Marine Museum, Save the Bay, Providence Community Boating and the New Bedford Whaling Museum as they advance through the grades.

Your gifts to the Rosalind C. Wiggins Fund will help grow collections of books by and about African Americans at our elementary, middle and high school buildings every year.  Should the Fund reach its next fundraising milestone of $100,000, our students will be able to enjoy new digital media, class sets of books for book discussions, and virtual guest speakers, authors, or artists. Your gifts will help our students see themselves reflected in the academic curriculum and continue to learn about the contributions and history of black Americans all year round.

Tribute Gifts

Donations to honor your child’s teacher, celebrate a special occasion, or in remembrance of a loved one can be made by check or online through the “Donate Now” button on this website. Scroll down to include the name of the person you wish to honor or celebrate with your gift.

DonorsChoose.org

Please visit Donors Choose and search for Paul Cuffee School to find out what teachers and staff have identified as an immediate need for the classrooms and school. Donate an amount you can afford, and encourage others to join you, to help a Paul Cuffee teacher’s creative initiatives come to fruition.

Workplace Giving

Please designate Paul Cuffee School as your charity of choice when participating in your employer’s workplace giving campaigns including United Way, dress down days, and other donor designated community service efforts. The campaign administrator will send your tax-deductible donation directly to Paul Cuffee School by the end of their campaign, and you may receive your charitable gift tax credit through your company’s payroll deduction process.

Matching Gifts

Many employers have a policy to make a gift equal or greater to your charitable donation – effectively doubling your contributions to Paul Cuffee School! Contact your company’s Human Resources Department to find out if your employer offers this benefit and request a matching gift confirmation form to enclose with your donation to the School.

Gifts of Stock

If you own shares of stock, you can reap significant tax benefits when you give appreciated securities rather than cash to Paul Cuffee School. With a gift of stock, you can take a tax deduction for the full market value of the stock and avoid capital gains tax on the stock’s unrealized appreciation. Please have your broker contact the Paul Cuffee School Development Office for stock transfer instructions: 401-601-6290.

Planned Gifts

Many people think they don’t have enough money to make a difference right now. While Paul Cuffee School depends on gifts of all sizes to achieve its annual fundraising goals, you can make an even greater impact in the future by designating Paul Cuffee School as a partial or full beneficiary of your life insurance policy, retirement plan, or your estate plan. Contact your estate planning attorney to find out how easy it is to add Paul Cuffee School to any of these policies or to name the School in your will. And please let the School’s Development Director know that you have done this, so we can thank you in advance for your generosity.

Sponsorships

Paul Cuffee School teachers have many special projects and new programs that need community investment. If your company has an advertising budget and can afford to sponsor a particular initiative such as pedometers for encouraging physical fitness, honoraria for a guest artist, funding for a grade level book club, or our new Mentorship at Cuffee program, please consider making an in-kind donation or a cash contribution to help the school continue the innovative opportunities that keep our students engaged.

Give When You Shop

Paul Cuffee School has formed several partnerships that let you direct funding to our great programs while you shop.

AmazonSmile
PCS has joined the AmazonSmile program! Just designate PCS as your charity of choice when shopping on Amazon and they will donate 0.5% of your purchase back to us. Log into your Amazon account through AmazonSmile and search for “Paul Cuffee School” to choose us as your recipient organization.

Box Tops for Education
You can find Box Tops for Education tags on hundreds of General Mills products. Just clip Box Tops from the package and send them to your child’s classroom. Every Box Top is worth 10¢ for PCS, so funds can add up quickly. See www.boxtops4education.com for more information.

Stop and Shop
You can earn A+ School Rewards with each purchase made using your Stop & Shop Card. At the end of each month, the points you earn will go toward a cash award to the school. Just register your Stop & Shop card once to bring PCS ongoing benefits. To register your card number (beginning with 22), go to the Stop and Shop A+ website and enter Paul Cuffee School’s ID: 08135. You can also go to the customer service desk at any Stop & Shop.

And to find out about more about how you can make a difference at Paul Cuffee School – please contact Julia Karahalis, Director of Development at jkarahalis@paulcuffee.org.