John Baldwin Elementary School

Difference Between CEF & PTA

Ever wondered what the difference is between CEF and PTA?

Simply put, PTA = great STUFF and CEF = great STAFF.

John Baldwin’s PTA and CEF share a common goal—ensuring excellence in our children’s education. The organizations work closely with each other throughout the year to achieve that goal. Although they differ in their structure and focus, our community needs both organizations to ensure the continued quality of education we are accustomed to at John Baldwin. Both organizations are also critical funding sources for our school. Government funding is not enough to provide the kind of public education our children deserve. Local parcel taxes and bond measures help, but do not completely cover the need.

While PTA is not primarily a fundraising organization, lack of state funds have caused PTA to take on some fundraising to support our shared goals, but these efforts are centered on site-specific needs such as classroom enrichment materials and supplies, art supplies, library purchases, school equipment, facilities improvements and enrichment programs such as assemblies, parent education and community-building events.

By comparison, the Cougar Education Fund is the primary fundraising organization at our school, and the only one allowed to pay for essential staff, such as classroom aides, P.E. instructional aides, art and music instructors, reading and resource specialists, as well as contributing to the salaries of our librarian and science teacher. Furthermore, CEF operates as a 501c3 non-profit organization and can pursue as much fundraising as is necessary to achieve its stated goals. And 100% of the money we raise – every dollar that is donated to our Ed Fund – stays at John Baldwin to benefit our children.

CEF only holds 3 fundraisers a year, the Fall Donation Drive (the suggested $550/child donation via registration), the Jog-A-Thon, and our Spring Fundraiser. Through these three events, we must raise almost $320,000 a year to cover the salaries and technology needs required to maintain the current level of superior education at John Baldwin.

The JB community, members of our PTA and CEF, value education, believe in our students, and will continue to invest in our children and bridge the gap between what public education offers and what a competitive, 21st-century education should be.




Primary goal is to promote school spirit and continue to build a strong sense of community at John Baldwin.

Primary goal is raise funds to meet the financial demands of a superior education at John Baldwin by paying for essential staff, programs and tools necessary to achieve an enriched and innovative learning experience.

Raises funds to maintain site-specific needs, such as classroom enrichment materials and supplies, art and music supplies, library purchases, school equipment, facilities improvements and enrichment programs such as assemblies, parent education and community-building events.

Raises funds to pay for vital staff salaries and increasing technology needs.

Offers over 50 enrichment programs, community-building events and activities, and small fundraisers to support John Baldwin.

Offers three large fundraising events a year to meet our financial goal of raising $320,000 to maintain academic excellence at John Baldwin.



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