FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How does RMIQ Foundation DIFFER from Moulton PTA?

RMIQ Foundation and Moulton PTA are two distinct but equally important pieces of the financial support system at Moulton. RMIQ Foundation is an INDEPENDENT non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and can raise funds for ANY purpose that benefits Moulton Elementary, where Moulton PTA is limited by California State PTA to where and how they spend their money raised. With CUSD allowing larger class size maximums in our district (up to 32 student averages in K-3rd and 36 student averages in 4th/ 5th grades), RMIQ chooses to focus all our efforts on reducing class size and encouraging more small group instruction every week for the duration of the school year. RMIQ Foundation and Moulton PTA are working together to mutually complement and enhance efforts to improve the education of all students at Moulton.

Why should I donate?

You should donate to RMIQ Foundation because the programs it funds are working! A donation to RMIQ Foundation improves the education of all students at Moulton. RMIQ Foundation’s programs have effectively reduced class size for a portion of the school day during a designated period of time throughout the school year. This allows Moulton teachers to work with smaller groups of students in core subjects. In addition, a donation to RMIQ Foundation will fund up to 2 part-time Instructional Aides AND up to a 6 week Brain Builders STEM Education Program for the 2018-2019 school year. The duration of the Brain Builders program and the number of Aides hired is solely dependent on the amount of money raised.

How much should I donate?

As a guideline, we suggest an annual voluntary donation of $300 for each child attending Moulton. With private schools in our area ranging from $6,000 to $17,500 per year, a $300 tax-deductible donation to directly enhance your child’s education at an already strong public school is a great financial investment! Considering that for about the same amount as an Apple iPad mini or a Nintendo Switch, you can make a donation to YOUR school and do your part to help lower the student to teacher ratio in your child’s classroom and bring Instructional Aides and a very effective engineering program directly to the school. You can’t go wrong with a donation to RMIQ Foundation!

When is my donation due?

RMIQ Foundation is currently accepting donations for the 2018-2019 school year. For your donation to be eligible for the Spring Prize Drawing taking place on May 31, 2018, all donations must be received no later than May 30, 2018 (by 2pm via check submitted with the Donation Form received in your child's backpack in the RMIQ Foundation secure box inside the Moulton front office OR 9pm via credit card online).

How can I make a donation? What are your forms of payment?

Donations can be made using a Donation Form received in your child's backpack with a check or through our website at http://www.rmiq.info/. RMIQ Foundation also accepts Visa, Master Card and Discover credit card payments, but they must be received by the deadline to be eligible for the donor drawing. RMIQ will pay your credit card processing fees for you, unless you choose to pay those costs upon checkout. Please note: RMIQ no longer accepts American Express as a form of payment due to the increased credit card processing fees effective in 2018. Donation Forms will be going home in your child's backpack during the Spring Campaign OR can be found in the front office at Moulton. Completed donation forms and checks can be left in the secure RMIQ Foundation box in the front office at Moulton or mailed to our mailing address at 30262 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ste B500, Laguna Niguel CA 92677.

How will the Prize Drawing work?

For every $100 donated to RMIQ Foundation you will have one ticket entered into the drawing to win prizes at the Flag Ceremony on Thursday, May 31, 2018. RMIQ will draw tickets and announce the winners of our prize drawing starting at 7:50am. You may win more than one prize if you donate enough to receive more than one ticket!

Is my donation tax deductible?

All donations made to RMIQ Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

Is my donation refundable?

No, donations made to RMIQ Foundation are not refundable.

Can my company/employer match my donation AND get me additional prize drawing tickets?

Yes, RMIQ Foundation has already accepted matching donations from many companies and this significantly helps RMIQ Foundation reach our Funding Goals each year. Over the past 2 years alone, RMIQ received over $12,000 in matching gifts!! If your company or employer offers a charitable donation matching program, RMIQ Foundation will assist you in completing any paperwork necessary to participate in the matching program. Please contact our Treasurer at Treasurer@rmiq.info for assistance. Remember: Once you provide our Treasurer with official company approved matching documentation, RMIQ will enter 1 ticket for every $100 in approved matching funds into the Prize Drawing in your name. This documentation must be RECEIVED by the DRAWING DEADLINE during each campaign season to qualify. Some matching gifts programs can take up to 5 months to receive these donations AFTER APPROVED BY THE EMPLOYER, which is why RMIQ will now accept official company approved match documentation. Any questions surrounding RMIQ's matching gifts program, please contact our Treasurer.

Does the Moulton Principal, Teachers and the Administration support RMIQ Foundation?

Yes. Moulton teachers enthusiastically support RMIQ Foundation and count on the RMIQ Foundation funds so that they can work with students in small groups. Our principal, Mrs. Jackie Campbell, has said “RMIQ Foundation is making a difference in the education at Moulton… As a result, students are receiving more individual support working at their level and pace and in turn making incredible growth.”

How will my donation be used during the 2018-2019 school year? ?

All donations received between December 2017 and November 30, 2018 will fund the 2018/2019 program. For the recent 2017-2018 school year, donations funded a 6 week Brain Builders STEM Education Program for students in Kindergarten through 5th grades and 2 Instructional Aides for students in Kindergarten through 5th grades. The signed fiduciary agreement between RMIQ and Moulton/ CUSD along with a deposit of funds is required for the school to initiate the Brain Builders STEM Education Program before school starts on August 21, 2018. Another separate fiduciary agreement is required to hire Instructional Aides over the summer to start on August 20, which is why RMIQ raises funds every SPRING for the FOLLOWING school year. Additional funds collected during the Fall Campaign will help RMIQ Foundation reach our final funding goals AND EXTEND THE DURATION OF BOTH BRAIN BUILDERS AND INSTRUCTIONAL AIDE CONTRACTS for the 2018-2019 school year.

Does 100% of my donation go towards funding the RMIQ Foundation Programs ?

Almost 100% of your donation will go towards funding our programs such as Brain Builders STEM Education Program and Instructional Aides. All expenses are kept to an absolute minimum and all RMIQ Foundation officers and board members donate 100% of their time and efforts on a volunteer basis. A very small percentage of your donation is used to pay RMIQ Foundation’s administrative and overhead expenses and to maintain a small reserve for unexpected costs. RMIQ Foundation’s ongoing expenses include: fees to the State of California, banking fees, website fees, insurance premiums, costs associated with filing corporate tax returns and the cost of marketing materials.

Will my Kindergartener still benefit from RMIQ Foundation programs by having the Fall Fundraising Campaign start on August 21, 2018? ?

YES, your KINDERGARTEN STUDENT will benefit from the RMIQ Foundation Funding Program. Kindergarten families have a separate Fall Fundraising Campaign starting August 21 2018 when they start attending school for the first time. KINDERGARTEN has goal is to raise enough monetary donations to fund an Instructional Aide to be dedicated to their grade level for 9 total hours each week for the school year. With 3 Kindergarten classrooms projected for Moulton starting on August 22nd, this is estimated at roughly 3 hours of reduced student/teacher ratios in EACH classroom EVERY WEEK directly reducing the impact of larger class sizes for every Kindergarten student at Moulton. Once this Instructional Aide funding goal is met, Kindergarten families will then raise funds for the 6 week Brain Builder STEM Education Program which would take place in Spring 2019. The number of Instructional Aide hours dedicated to Kindergarten as well as the additional 6 week Brain Builder Program is solely dependent on the amount of monetary donations raised by Kindergarten families. NEW FAMILIES ENTERING MOULTON are also encouraged to donate at this time, which WILL EXTEND THE DURATION OF BOTH INSTRUCTIONAL AIDES and/or BRAIN BUILDERS for 1st through 5th grades.

Who is responsible for hiring the Instructional Aides and/or Brain Builders Educational Program?

RMIQ Foundation will give the Moulton Principal specific instructions through a signed fiduciary contract and gifted funds requesting that RMIQ Foundation funds be used to hire Instructional Aides and Brain Builders for the purposes outlined above. The Moulton Principal and CUSD is ultimately responsible for making final payments to each according to the Capistrano Unified School District protocol.

How will the students spend their time during Brain Builders? What is Brain Builders?

Brain Builders STEM Education Program is instructed by Brain Builders, an education based company serving Orange County since 2002, which offers classes in engineering with LEGO bricks. The program was specifically tailored for each grade level at Moulton and encourages students to apply the concepts they learn to create their own team projects not just build from a set of instructions. This program was tailored for each grade level in Kindergarten through 5 th grades whereby a section of the class participates in the program while the other section of the class stays with their homeroom teacher to focus on instruction in other core subjects and then swap later that day or the next day.

Click HERE to see some Brain Builders Projects

Brain Builders not only teaches students concepts such as physics, science, and math at their age appropriate level, but the students get to apply the concepts tangibly by engineering with LEGO bricks. Students will find out what it really means to “engineer” a project including teamwork, patience, and the satisfaction of completing goals and challenges.