Barton School Fund


Contributing to the Barton Fund is the most efficient way to help every student and teacher at Barton Open School.
It’s fast and it makes a huge difference without creating additional time-intensive fundraisers.  No gift wrap or candy bar sales!

Donations to the Barton Fund are tax deductible. The money raised directly helps our school by funding items such as:
  • Field trip scholarships
  • School-wide & social events
  • Teacher supplies
  • Tutors
  • Visiting artist programs
  • Fine arts performances (e.g. Sinfonia)
  • Childcare for parent meetings
  • Student directory
  • Staff development (e.g. Responsive Classroom)
  • Midwest Food Connection
  • Special projects at Principal’s request

If you have given in the past, thank you so much. We hope you will help our students and teachers again with your generosity. If you haven’t yet joined this effort, please consider it now.  It takes only a few minutes of your time to help every Barton student. 

Please give generously, so Barton can continue to offer students a rich experience! Any size gift is needed and appreciated.


Dahkliga dugsiga Barton waa mid aad muhiim uu ah tabaaruca schoolka. Siyabaha aad wax uga baran kartiid dakhliga waxqabaad kisa iyo waliba siidi aad uga qayb qaadan lahayd ,fadlan kalaa soo xidhiid Nasra Hassan qadka taleefonka oo ah: 612-668-3580 ama emailka ah: nasra.hassan@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Does the money raised make a difference?

Much of the money that comes from the district is used for things that are “fixed” such as heat, salaries, benefits, etc. The money raised through the Barton Fund & other fundraisers contributes to the dollars available for the principal and leadership council to direct towards things that augment and support Barton’s mission and Open Education philosophy. This allows for making decisions locally and in support of our values.

Where does the Foundation money come from?

Donations made to the Barton Fund are held and managed by The Barton School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation. The other primary sources of funds for the Barton School Foundation are two fundraisers, FUNdraisers and the Annual Plant Sale.  Grants, corporate education & giving programs (Box Tops, Target, Amazon Smile, Kowalski's) and other programs & events (Lowbrow dinner, Kind of the Log, Ink Jet Recylcing, Roller Garden) also contribute to the total available Foundation funds.

What is the process to decide where the Foundation money is spent?
Each Spring, the Principal and the Assistant Principal assess the schools needs and weigh input they have gotten over the past year. They then get together with the Barton Foundation treasurer and prepare a proposed budget. The proposed budget is presented to the Leadership Council in the context of the overall school budget including the money that comes from the district.  Those present at the meeting then discuss, debate, propose changes, etc.  When discussion is complete, a vote is taken to endorse the revised budget.  This vote can be for the full budget or it can be for selected parts that are agreed to with the remainder to be debated and discussed at a future meeting.  Often, this process has extended into the fall of the following year.  These meetings are open to anyone in the community.  Final voting on the budget is limited to Leadership Council members. The portion of the budget utilizing Barton Foundation funds is then approved by the Foundation Board. This step is strictly to insure that the budget is in compliance with the Foundation charter.

Every year Barton Foundation funds, raised by families and friends in the Barton community, are used to support the educational experience of our children. 

How do I donate?

  • Donate by check payable to "Barton School Foundation." Checks can be dropped off in the Barton Foundation/Leadership Council mailbox in the main office at Barton or mailed to:
Barton School Foundation
c/o Barton Open School 
4237 Colfax Ave S 
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Donating by check maximizes your donation as 100% of your contribution goes directly to the Foundation. No transaction fees are deducted! 
  • Donate online. It's REALLY easy ...

We are using PayPal for our online donations to reduce the fees. You do NOT need to have a PayPal account to donate online.  If you want to donate using a credit card, after clicking the Donate button, above, look for the "Don't have a Paypal Account?" section and click the Continue option.  You will then be able to type in credit card information.

Can I donate through other channels?

Yes, there are a variety of ways you can donate to the Barton School Foundation:
  • Check - this is the most cost effective way for you to donate (see above).
  • Online/PayPal - donations can be sent through PayPal to bartonfund@gmail.com.  Paypal fees are 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction.
  • Payroll deduction - many employers will make an automatic deduction from your payroll and will send a check to the Barton Foundation on your behalf. Be sure to check with your employer to see if they'll match your donation!

  • United Way - many employers have annual United Way giving campaigns that employees are encouraged to participate in. Employees can designate the Barton Foundation as their beneficiary. Note that your donation will have a greater impact if you can make your donation directly to the Barton Foundation instead of through the United Way as their fees are very high (they vary from 10-25%).
  • Stock - see below.
  • GiveMN.org - Give to the Max Day is a great time to remember to donate to Barton.  GiveMN fees are 6.9%.  
  • Achieve!Minneapolis - donations designated for the Barton School Fund are held at Achieve!Minneapolis (an established foundation whose mission is to manage and invest philanthropic gifts made to Minneapolis Public Schools). These funds are made available as a lump sum to Barton Open School (not the Barton School Foundation). Note that we receive no information about individual donations and cannot track them, so you will not receive an acknowledgement from Barton Open School or the Barton School Foundation.  Achieve fees are 2.6% plus $0.26 per transaction.

How much should I donate?

Past gifts have ranged from $5 to over $5,000.  Every amount helps and is appreciated.  We suggest $50 per student or $100 per family. Remember to check if you are eligible for an employer match! Over the years, the school has received tens of thousands of dollars through employee matching programs. 

It is important that every family have a means of contributing to the school and for families that can not financially donate, there is the option of contributing through volunteering time with the other fundraisers. You can help organize, promote or sell plants. These are important contributions to the overall fundraising effort.

Can I donate stock?

Yes! If you're interested in making a stock donation to the Barton fund, please email bartonfund@gmail.com for details on the process.

Why donate stock?

As a 501(3)(c), the Barton Foundation does not pay taxes on the capital gains associated with a stock sale. Check with your tax advisor but, for many people, this means the opportunity to deduct the full market value of the stock from your taxes without having to pay capital gains tax on the proceeds. At the same time, 100% of the value of the stock goes to the charity.

How did the Barton Fund begin?

In 2002, a group of parents solicited funds from families at Barton to offset the huge budget deficit, in an effort to restore programs that were to be cut. The response was tremendous, but the need for a long-term solution was clear. Barton parent volunteers now emphasize an annual contribution from as many families as possible, with a goal to minimize additional, time consuming fundraisers.

Who is the Barton Fund chair?

The 2017-2018 Barton Fund chair is:
If you’re interested in helping out or have any questions about the Barton Fund, please email bartonfund@gmail.com.


Thanks to Kelly Verbrick for creating the Barton Fund logo and Brenda Johnson for materials design!!