There are 4 sources of funds:
1) Palo Alto Unified School District - provides stipends for our coaching staff, and funds the Athletic Director position (at 80%) for both Paly and Gunn.
2) Gunn Athletic Department - the SOLE source of money for the department is from the $200 voluntary participation contribution per student per
sport. The ACTUAL cost of funding each student is higher. The Athletic Department money is used for league participation fees, purchasing equipment, medical supplies, and
transportation, and paying for officials at the games.
Over 55% of Gunn students participate in athletics at Gunn!
3) Gunn Sports Boosters - To cover the gap between funds needed and the Athletic Department Funds, we raise money through our fundraising events (such as the Donor Appreciation
Wall), Booster memberships, eScrip, and direct donations.
4) Individual Team Fundraising - teams may hold a crab feed dinner, sell water bottles, receive game ticket income, etc., in order to raise funds for their own team. Sports
Boosters handles the accounts for each separate team account (e.g., money for a fundraiser for Girls Basketball goes into the Girls Basketball account).
already sent in a team donation that the coach requested, why do I need to donate another $200?
Team donations are separate from the athletic donation.
Your team donation is used for your team only for items your coach wants/needs for your team to compete. The athletic donation is the income for the athletic department for all the teams at
Gunn. Those funds are used for tournament/competition fees, bus transportation to games, referees and medical supplies. The only funds that the athletic department receives from the
district are the stipend for the coaches so your donation is essential for the department.
Why are checks made out to Gunn Sports Boosters but the
funds don’t go into the team accounts?
In the past, checks for the athletic donation were made out to
Gunn High School while team donations were made out to Gunn Sports Boosters. Since this caused some confusion, this year all donations are made to Gunn Sports Boosters so that families would
only have to write one check to pay for all their donations. Gunn Sports Boosters then issues a check to the Gunn Athletic Department for the $200 donations, and specific team donations go into
the individual team accounts.
What accounts are there for the teams? Is team
fundraising the same as the athletic donation?
There are two accounts, Gunn Sports Boosters and Gunn Athletic
Department. Fundraising money for your team goes into your team account …the Athletic Department does not have access or use any of those funds. The athletic donation goes to the athletic
department and is used to cover expenses for our teams to compete.
What percentage of the $200 athletic donation does my team
Individual teams do not receive a percentage of this donation
but the money goes to pay the costs for all the teams to compete (tournament/competition fees, bus transportation to games, referees and medical supplies).
To make a donation, you can either donate by check (payable to
Gunn Sports Boosters) and have your student/athlete give it to the Coach or donate online at www.gunnsportsboosters.com. Please include your athlete's name and sport played when donating.
If the participation donation is a financial burden for your family, please consider giving what you can. With a goal of 100% participation, every contribution is greatly
Thank you for your support!
Gunn High School Sports Boosters