Issaquah High School Booster Club
• Frequently Asked Questions •
Why get involved in the Issaquah High School Booster Club?
The Booster Club is a fundraising organization that supports and promotes all extra-curricular (outside the classroom) activities, sports and clubs that Issaquah High School believes are valuable to the IHS student community. The Booster Club’s purpose is to help promote a positive image of Issaquah High School athletics, activities and clubs in the community; and to support any school athletic program, activity or club that the Booster Club believes is deserving.
How much does the Issaquah High School Booster Club membership cost? 100% tax deductible donation
Boosters offers two types of membership; Annual Family Memberships for $50, or a one-time family Lifetime Membership for $500. Lifetime Members will be recognized on the website in perpetuity and receive a special Issaquah High School “I” decal every year they have a student attending Issaquah High School. All members received a weekly Booster Buzz highlights email, for quick an easy way to stay up to date on the great Eagles accomplishments. Truly all contributions are welcome and we are thankful for your generous support! 100% of the Fundraising efforts and donations go directly to benefit IHS students. List of Funded Items All Memberships and Donations are 100% Tax Deductible and Support our Kids
What does the Booster Club support?
The Issaquah High School Booster Club’s focus is to support the more than 94 student extra-curricular activities; including fine arts, special interest clubs and sports programs at Issaquah High School. In order to truly support our students’ vast interests in physical education, the arts, and clubs, the Booster Club Board works closely with the Athletic Director, Luke Ande, the ASB Advisor, Erin Connolly, and Booster Crew liaisons from each club/sport. Click the following links to see Clubs & Activities, Sports supported by the Booster Club.
How can I get involved in the Booster Club?
Monthly Meetings open to all members of the Issaquah High School community. Meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of each month in the Library at Issaquah High School at 6:30 pm. Click Here for meeting dates. Your time is valuable: You can make a difference by offering even a few hours of your time at activities such as Concession Stand at the home football games. Click here for more ideas. If you would like to get involved or have suggestions, please Click Here
How do funding requests come to you?
The Athletic Director, ASB Advisor, individual coaches and presidents/leaders of various groups or clubs submit funding requests. The Booster Crew members and or students themselves also may submit requests for funds. As a whole, the Booster Club leadership strive for satisfying requests that benefit the most students at a particular time. Suggestions are welcome from Booster Club membership and the community at large. All requests are either reflected in our annual budget or voted on by general membership at our monthly meetings. Funding Request Process, Funding Request Form
How are the Booster Club different from parent groups that support individual teams?
Booster Club leadership focuses efforts on projects that benefit the widest population of students. Usually Booster Club commitments are for programs and equipment that are higher cost and have a life of longer than one year. Individual team parent groups come together yearly to help support each team with food, additional spirit wear associated with just that team and other smaller items. Larger, multi-year projects are usually out of the realm of possibility for team parent groups, or they look to the Booster Club for a partnership in the financial commitment. The level of support and involvement really depends on the team and varies from year to year.
Some examples of sports and programs that benefited from Booster Club funding last year; Fastpitch and Boys Golf coaching, Volleyball equipment, an Athletic Trainer for all sports, a piano for the music department, backpacks and trench coats for boys soccer, and so much more.
What is the difference between an ASB donation and Booster Club donation?
ASB: One of the capabilities of the Issaquah High School ASB (All Student Body) is it provides basic funding for all extra-curricular activities at Issaquah High School. ASB funding comes from the sale of student ASB cards, fundraising and donations. Grant Request can be made to the ASB for additional program needs. All ASB funding requests for IHS clubs/activities/sports go through an approval process that starts with ASB, then if needed proceeds to the Booster Club. To learn more about the wonderful ways ASB supports our students, click here.
Booster Club: The Issaquah High School Booster Club is a separate 501c3 that also fundraised on behalf on all extra-curricular programs (clubs/activities/sports) at Issaquah High School. Donor dollars given to the Booster Club have more flexibility that donations given to ASB.
Both ASB and Booster Club maintain separate budget line items (accounts) for each activity/club/sports that carry a balances. Designated giving is an option.
What are the options for giving directly specific extra-curricular program?
Booster Club: Checks can be written strait to Issaquah High School Booster Club, designated for a particular club/activity/sport. Paypal donations can be arrange with the treasurer (PayPal Fees apply).
ISD PayOnline (non ISD Families): Donations can be made directly through the ISD online payment system (Touchable), designated to any club/activity/Sport. Funds deposited into designated account under ASB.
ISD Pay online for ISD Families: Clubs/Activities/Sports can have items added to student accounts as options to purchase, much like purchasing a yearbook, etc. Funds deposited into designated account under ASB.
What are other ways the Booster Club supports extra-curricular clubs/activities/sports fundraising efforts?
Booster Club has a weekly BoosterBuzz email that goes out to all donors. Extra-curricular clubs, activities, sports are encouraged to submit their fundraising efforts in that publication for wider advertising.
With Booster Club approval, Clubs/Activities/Sports may use the Booster Club's non-profit number in their fundraising efforts. Third party fundraising companies may be helpful in fundraising success. The Booster ByLaws stipulate that third party fundraising fees may not exceed 5% without Booster Club membership approval.
Organizations that fall within the acceptable fundraising fee structure include but are not limited to: GoFundMe, Square, KickStarter, Crowdrise, First Giving,FundRazr etc. Refer to the following article for more information on the many options. Top 12 Online Fundraising Platforms for Donors & Non-Profits
Why is it important to support Boosters in addition to ASB and the PTSA?
Simply they all help fund gaps in our kids curricular and extra-curricular activities. State and Federal funding are not enough. While the Boosters is primarily financial support to help make clubs, activities and sports thrive above the bare minimum. Click any of these links for more information on ASB, IHS PTSA
Click here to see a side-by-side comparison on the ways Boosters, ASB and PTSA all support and enrich the Issaquah High School Students. Simply they all help fund gaps