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Friends of TOPS (FOT)

What is Friends of TOPS (FOT)?

Friends of TOPS (FOT) is fundraising organization managed by family members or caregivers of children enrolled in TOPS. It is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible non-profit, administered by the TOPS Site Council. Our EIN is: 94-3142402. We support both curriculum enhancements and community building projects, making sure our faculty and staff have the resources they need to provide a complete experience for our kids.

Since each year’s fundraising goes towards programs that will take place in the following year, requests for funding are due in the spring of the prior school year. (E.g. for a program to be funded in school year 2016-2017, a request for funds would have been made in the spring of 2016.) The requests will be reviewed and the budget approved by Site Council, acting as the Friends of TOPS board.

For the 2020/21 funding cycle, the Friends of TOPS Board used a scoring rubric in conjunction with Seattle Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Analysis Tool in order to make funding decisions. The Board also recognizes that the 2020/21 school year will be different than any other year. While we hope all budgeted programs may proceed, decisions about how school exists for the year may impact whether programs can occur. Should programs need to be cancelled, reallocations of funds may take place in order to better serve our students.

If you would like to know more about how YOU can support the TOPS community, please see our Fundraising page.

FOT Budget

Current year budget: FOT 2020-2021 Final Approved Budget

Payments and Reimbursements

If you are in need of reimbursement or payment for a Friends of TOPS program, please use this online check request form to submit requests for payments and reimbursements. If you would prefer a printable copy, please follow this link. For contractors and individuals being paid for services, please be sure to include a current W-9 form.

Before submitting a request, please speak with your program manager to make sure the expense meets their approval.