Woodside High School Athletic Booster Organization
The primary role of the Woodside High School Athletics Booster Organization (ABO) is to provide financial resources to help Woodside High School meet the financial demands of offering a comprehensive and high-quality sports program. We are an IRS 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, incorporated in 2009.
The district provides funding for facilities, coaches, referees, transportation (some), but in fact little money is available for basic sports supplies such as balls, nets, uniforms,etc. Major purchases are typically not covered, so the ABO helps fund items such as new wrestling mats, pitching machines, resurfacing equipment and "high-tech dirt" for ball fields, video recording equipment, goals/nets, Helmets/Pads, and other capital equipment that can dramatically improve the quality of the Athletic program.
The ABO is comprised primarily of parents, guardians and school staff, but also draws support from alumni, and community members. In the in 2016-17 school year, the ABO provided more than $70,000 dollars in GRANTS to athletic programs, and further, facilitated the collection of and passed along another $74,000 in Program Directed Donations. All went toward uniforms, equipment, expenses, scholarships, and awards .
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The ABO uses several avenues to generate funding for athletics, however donations are by far the largest source. Starting with the 2016-17 School year we ABO adopted a new process whereby a player's parents and other donors are asked to contribute in two primary ways: Program-Directed Donations, and ABO-Unrestricted for the general benefit of the athletics programs at Woodside.
(1) Program-Directed Donations: Coaches provide detailed summaries of the items and amount of support they are requesting, and the resultant amount requested per athlete. This information is presented to parents and discussed at the team meetings at the start of the season. Program directed donations are collected by the ABO and then flow directly (passed through) to the Athletic Department, and deposited to the specific sport's account.
(2) The ABO requests an Unrestricted Donation as part of the contribution for the given sport and season. These donations are critical too, as they provide the ABO with funds we can allocate to sports (and players) that may be underfunded, to ensure a great experience for all student athletes.
The key common theme is, donors clearly understand where their funds go. The ABO board is committed to openness and transparency on the prioritization and allocation process for non-directed funds. Our meetings are open to the public, who are encouraged to attend. We provide regular updates on progress and decisions, and minutes are available on our website.
After two years of running it, the new Program Directed donation approach has dramatically increased participation (number of donors per team) as well as the total amount of money collected in support of all athletes, on all teams.This has solidified the funding basis for many teams, and made the process much more reliable and predicatble.
The ABO also holds it's fund-raising and community building activities and events such as our Crab Feed, the Wildcat Open Golf Tournament, as well as the sale of Spirit Wear, Season Tickets, signage sponsorship, and local businesses advertising. Taken together, these additional contributions permit the ABO to supplement the parent provided funding, to provide GRANTS to addres specific needs, an in general provide additional supplemental funding to the athletic department, to ensure all athletes can participate and to strengthen the programs and reputation of Woodside High School.