It is an unfortunate reality that performing arts programs in America's public school system continue to be grossly underfunded each year. Additionally, whenever there are budget cuts at the federal, state or district level, they typically impact performing arts programs before most other aspects of academia. As such, it is critical to the survival of our program that SIMDE provide the supplemental fiscal resources needed to enable our program to continue to thrive. As SIMDE is a licensed 501c3 non-profit organization, all donations to SIMDE are tax deductible. Many companies and employers offer donation matching programs, so please engage your employer to match your donation if possible.
Please click the Donate button below to make your tax deductible donation to SIMDE. 100% of all donations go directly to benefitting the students by purchasing and repairing instruments, providing supplemental instruction, paying for entry fees for competitions, busing and transportation costs to get to competitions, marching band show designs, props, keeping program fees affordable for families and many other needs for the program. Thank you for your support!
If you would prefer to donate by check, please make your check out to SIMDE and mail it to:
14845 SW Murray Scholls Dr Suite 110 PMB 108
Beaverton, OR 97007
SIMDE also relies on fundraising & sponsorships to to help with all of the things mentioned above. Fundraising also provides students with an opportunity to take ownership of their program's success by supporting SIMDE with their own personal participation. SIMDE conducts many fundraisers throughout the year, including but not limited to:
Restaurant Fundraisers: SIMDE typically has one fundraiser a month with a local restaurant where a percentage of your purchase will go directly to SIMDE. Chipotle, MOD Pizza, Five Guys and Panera Bread are examples of some of the restaurants we partner with.
Jazz & Dine: April – This evening of music, dinner and an auction is typically our largest fundraiser of the year and is also a great community outreach event.
Band Days: September & April – Students play and solicit donations within our school boundary.
Bottle Drop: Donate all of your bottles and cans to SIMDE by taking them to BottleDrop in SIMDE-designated bags. Reach out to any of our board members on the "Contacts" page to get some SIMDE bags.
SnapRaise: We will typically do one email marketing campaign through SnapRaise per year to solicit donations to SIMDE.
Scrip: Order gift cards from local businesses and earn money for the program. Order form is in Charms.
Fred Meyer Rewards: Link your rewards card to SIMDE and they will make a quarterly donation to our program.
Amazon Smile Program: Link your orders to SIMDE and they will also make regular donations to our program. Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases when you shop at Amazon Smile. Be sure to look for Southridge Instrumental Music & Dance Ensembles, not SIMDE.
Supporting SIMDE, and thus supporting your child's education and performing arts ambitions, does not have to be exclusively monetary. SIMDE also relies on parent involvement and volunteering in order to pull off the multitude of events that occur throughout the school year. Whether it is serving on the SIMDE board or just lending a helping hand, the active engagement of parent volunteers is critical to our program's success. There are many ways you can help out including, but not limited to the following:
Serve on the SIMDE Board: Each of the SIMDE board members are a parent of a student that is part of the program. If you are a parent of a student in the program, you are eligible to serve on the SIMDE board. We are always in need of new board members, as once students graduate from the program, their parents are no longer able to serve on the board.
Marching Band Season: There's no way around it. Marching band takes a small army of parents in order to pull off the shows that we put together for the students. Whether it's help with building props, helping with setting up and tearing down camp, providing food service for the kids, or just helping with moving the front ensemble instruments and props on and off the field, we could not make it through marching band season without parent volunteers.
Jazz and Dine, Band Days, Competitions, Etc.: We need parent volunteers for these events to help with set up, clean up and chaperoning the students.
To inquire about volunteering or serving on the SIMDE board, please reach out to the SIMDE President at email@example.com.