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, for example, our band and strings program and by upgrading technology in the media center. Every gift also adds supplies, arts programs, field trips and similar direct help to the classroom. Any size gift is needed and appreciated. 

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!

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 Fadumo Roble ciiwaanka ah: 612-668-3580 ama emailka ah:

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 now 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 still the most cost effective way for you to donate (see above).
  • Online - see above.
  • PayPal - donations can be sent through PayPal to
  • 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.
  • - their fees have increased, and we're no longer set up to take donations on their site.  We're now encouraging people to donate online via PayPal (see above).
  • 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.

How much should I donate?

For those families who are able to do so, we ask for a contribution of $100 per student in the household each year. Past gifts range from more than $1,000 to less than $25, and every amount helps and is appreciated. You can contribute via monthly credit card deductions online if that better fits your budget.

Can I donate stock?

Yes! If you're interested in making a stock donation to the Barton fund, please email 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.

Where does the money go?

The money is held and managed by The Barton School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, along with funds from other fundraising events. The Barton Leadership Council directs the allocation of the money to various school priorities. The Barton School Foundation's fundraising and annual spending are detailed in an annual report to the community. It is available on request by sending a request by email to

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

Environmental Education Opportunities: Wolf Ridge, Camp St. Croix, and Eagle Ridge are some of the environmental learning centers Barton students have experienced. These are typically overnight trips with days full of outdoor learning.
Options Program: Two-three times per year students teach or participate in classes outside regular classroom instruction. Topics have included acting, math games, soccer, cross stitch, and Legos. The Options program creates leadership opportunities for older students and offer alternative learning across ages and classrooms.
Somali Parent Night: Somali families gather to connect with Barton staff, learn ways of supporting their children at school and contribute their ideas for students' successful learning
Midwest Food Connection: Ask your child about Uli and Haruko! These educators visit classrooms from K through 5th grade introducing students to nutritious food, inspiring them to prepare and eat new dishes, teaching about organic and regional food production.
Art Materials: Whether in homeroom or Art specialist class, students use pens, pastels, glaze, paint, brushes, glue, paper, poster board, books, markers, clay, tile and more.


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 on the Barton Fund committee?

The 2011-2012 Barton Fund Committee members are:
  • Ann Godfrey
  • Katherine Harter
  • Kevin Kinneavy
  • Shannon Plourde
  • Sarah Wuendry
Thanks to Kelly Verbrick for creating the Barton Fund logo and Brenda Johnson for materials design.

If you’re interested in helping out or have any questions about the Barton Fund, please email