Cookie-dough sales? Car washes? Silent auctions? Why do band programs always seem to be asking for money? The truth is a quality band program like Ironwood's requires funding way above what the government can provide. And this is even more true in this new, post-Recession economy when funding for "non-essential" programs has been slashed.
But with so many benefits associated with music education (see the Our Foundation page) it is well worth whatever it costs because band participation helps shape kids into responsible and effective adults. For us, BAND is the reason why "It's just better here" at Ironwood High School.
And this is why the IBCF exists: to financially and physically support the Ironwood Community of Bands which includes all of Ironwood's bands plus our six feeder schools . In order to give our bands the resources they need, we maintain a robust, year-round fundraising program. Because with band, as in life, "You get what you pay for."
Everyone has a role to play, whether by passive fundraising (i.e. shopper rewards programs), seeking donations for the band or by coordinating a fundraising project. Whatever you can do, the band needs you!
Shopper reward programs are the easiest way to raise money for the band. Our organization is registered with Fry's. Once you register at your store, they donate directly to the band every time you shop! Find your favorite store on the right and click the logo for more information.
Monthly donors provide a dependable, ongoing source of funding that automatically makes them Sustaining Members of the IBCF. And because we are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, donations are tax-deductible and you receive an annual statement to file with your taxes. For the cost of a fast food lunch or a few of cups of coffee, you can radically change the financial picture for the Ironwood Music Program. Just set up an automatic payment through the "Bill Pay" function at your bank, and have checks sent to IBCF; P.O. Box 6424, Glendale, AZ 85312. Because you are in control, you can cancel the payments at any time. Please consider becoming an IBCF Sustaining Member and join the growing family of Ironwood Band supporters who generously give monthly gifts to the program.
If you have an hour or two a week to donate to the band, then consider joining the fundraising team and investing a little time to make a big difference for the bands. If interested, fill out the volunteer form HERE.
Whatever your place in the picture, thank you for your support of the fundraising aspect of the IBCF. It is one of the most important parts of our mission and if everyone does what they can, our kids will have the resources they need to reach their potential.
Fry's Community Rewards Follow this link to the Fry's Community Rewards Page. Our number is 97713 or simply search on our name. If you have any trouble registering your card, simply call this number: 1-800-828-5235 option 2, Monday - Friday 8am-5pm and the friendly people there will help you find your number and create an account.
You can donate to the Ironwood Band Community Foundation without taking time out of your day, or going out of your way! We’ve teamed up with Benefit, a mobile app that allows you to instantly purchase digital gift cards to use online or in-store, at retailers including [Walmart, Target, The Home Depot and Amazon]. When you buy using the app, retailers contribute up to 20% of your transaction back to Ironwood Band Community Foundation— so you don’t have to spend an extra cent! Simply download the app and use it for your everyday purchases. Get started by clicking the instructions above.