Fundraising FAQs


Why do we need fundraising at Roland Park?


Roland Park K-8, located in the Westshore district, is a Hillsborough County elementary and middle Magnet school with an International Baccalaureate (IB) program designation.  Roland Park has transformed from a Title I school to a best-in-class IB institution.  Roland Park is a culturally diverse school, with a greater than 60% minority rate and more than 35% of the students economically disadvantaged. 


Florida ranks 41st in the country for per student public school funding, spending only $7,300 per student vs. the national average of $11,500.  That’s $4,000 (or 36%) BELOW the national average. This tremendously affects the resources the schools and teachers have to elevate our citizens of the future.  


What are appropriate funding sources?


Fundraising sources include:


  • The school’s annual Fun Run, providing funds for Classroom Management as determined by the Principal, Administration, and Teacher Steering Committee
  • The RP Foundation’s Dragon Donor Annual Giving Campaign (a one-time ask for families and corporate giving) and Dragon Fire Ball Auction (spring gala), providing funds for larger-scale, long-term initiatives that impact all students (prioritized by the School Administration)
  • PTSA’s fundraising through Spirit Wear apparel, Spirit Night at local restaurants, and Box Tops for Education, providing funds for PTSA programs




 What is the difference between the RP Foundation and PTSA?


Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, a Foundation was established to focus on Fundraising at Roland Park K-8 (outside of PTSA program funds and the school’s fundraiser/Fun Run), with a multi-year strategic plan that leads the funding strategy (RP 2020). 


What is RP 2020, and how does Roland Park spend the money raised?


RP 2020 is the Roland Park Foundation's Think Tank to collect and scope ideas for larger-scale initiatives that impact ALL students as part of Roland Park's multi-year strategic plan. All Roland Park families, students, teachers, and administration are encouraged to contribute ideas to uphold Roland Park K-8 as a world-class International Baccalaureate institution.  Ideas can be sent to  The ideas are scoped by volunteers in a collaborative manner and prioritized by the Administration with oversight from the Foundation Board.


In past school years, the RP Foundation raised over $100,000, which funded new technology (50 laptops and 10 ipads), an outdoor covered court,  scholarships for the Peru and Arizona service-learning trips, IB and specialized teacher training conferences, band and orchestra instruments, the school musical, and much more.


Why Should I Donate?


Our children today will be our leaders tomorrow.  As the state of Florida and Hillsborough County School District have eliminated funds and services previously provided such as upgrading and replacing outdated computers and technology, funding specialized teacher training, subsidizing educational software in the classrooms, maintaining infrastructure, and supporting capital improvement projects, alternative funding sources need to be obtained to achieve the overall experience that we expect our children to receive in a school setting. 




Your tax-deductible donation will help Roland Park surpass state standards and transform the school. When children and others in the community see you donating money, they are much more likely to adopt a giving mindset as they grow up.  Additionally, donors will receive a variety of benefits, including volunteer opportunities that embrace the IB principles.  Every dollar helps.