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 IBCF About 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 and Albertsons. 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.
Announcing a New Partnership with Fry's
Fry's Grocery Stores in Arizona has a shopper reward program that enables customers to earn money for their favorite charities.
Every year, Fry's gives away $2 Million Dollars to their community partners based on the shopping activity of their supporters.
For those of you out of state or even out of the country, you can still support the band by using the eScrip program. This program also donates money based on customer spending. You can access this program through the home page of this website. Just click on the eScrip logo for details.
For Arizonans, the Fry's Community Rewards Program resets every August. So it is time for all Ironwood Band Fans to go to Fry's Community Rewards Page. Just follow the link to the right of this article or go to the Fry's website.
The program costs you nothing and does not affect the price you pay. It works out to about 1% of your spending. That may not sound like much, but if all 150 Ironwood Band families registered their cards and spent just $300 a month at Fry's, that would work out to $5400 a year for the band! That's worth two car washes!
So please take a moment now to register your Fry's VIP card so you can earn for the band every time you shop. Once you access your account, you can either search on our name "Ironwood Band Community Foundation" or our number: 97713.
Thanks for keeping the music playing at Ironwood High and in our Band Community!
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.
Papa Murphy's Cards - Enjoy discounts on the freshest pizza in town. Get $35 in discounts for only $10! (That's a 350% return on your investment!) Discount Cards are available at football games and at most IBCF events.
Ironwood Band Window Stickers - $5.00. Available by request.