Giving: The Navigator's Fund (501c3)

Purpose: To financially support other organizations that provide Spanish or Mandarin language and cultural education for children at the preschool through 5th grade level in the New York City metropolitan area (to include northern New Jersey, southwestern Connecticut, and southern New York state).

Qualifying organization: Any public, non-profit or for-profit organization in the geographic area noted that provides language and/or cultural educational activities for this age group of children for the specified languages. Such organizations could include musical or theater groups, libraries, schools (especially language immersion programs where a significant portion of the instruction is in the target language) or other programs (like After-school programs) that provide language or cultural education in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.

Uses of Funds:
a. Curricula or curricula development.
b. Supplies, material or equipment including information technology. This could include smartboards, iPads or personal computers, other audio/visual equipment or IT training of the teachers in how to use technology most effectively in the classroom in support of the educational objectives.
c. Student scholarships to attend language education schools or programs.
d. Teacher scholarships for coursework or degrees in second language instruction or early childhood or elementary education (since many of the language teachers have training only in language instruction).
e.Artists-in-residence to expose the children to the art, music, and culture of Mandarin and Spanish speaking countries.

Guidelines for HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) parents who may wish to donate to this organization to benefit HWIS

General guidelines:
a. Donations can directly benefit HWIS students or teachers but not the school itself.
b. Donations that benefit the school have to be "above and beyond" what the school would normally provide.

Can HWIS receive the funds for the following purposes?

1Curriculum development, supplies, material or equipment, information technology
Generally not. The donation has to be above and beyond what the school would provide.
2Student scholarships
Yes, as funds directly benefit students.
3Teacher scholarships
Yes, as funds directly benefit teachers.
Yes, but the event should be open to the public too.

c. Donations to support, say, museum excursions or artist performances that benefit our school would probably be most acceptable to the IRS if open to a broader segment of the public (beyond HWIS families).
d. Funds raised outside of these "exceptions" should go to other organizations (not HWIS).

If you have questions about The Navigator's Fund, please contact Sharon Huang, Founder of HudsonWay Immersion School and Board Member.

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