Frequently Asked Questions

What is Friends of Westbrook School Foundation, Inc?

Founded in 1999, the Friends of Westbrook School Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds for Westbrook school improvements that do not fall within the expenditure guidelines of the PTA and are not included in Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) spending plans.

How is FOWS different from the Westbrook PTA?

FOWS raises funds for Westbrook school improvements that do not fall within the expenditure guidelines of the PTA and are not included in Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) spending plans.

Does FOWS work with the Westbrook PTA and the Westbrook Principal?

FOWS works in collaboration with the Westbrook PTA and school leadership to determine what improvements are of greatest need for the Westbrook community. To ensure a seamless partnership, the Westbrook Principal and current PTA president are members of the FOWS Board of Directors. 

 

What is a 501(c)(3) organization?

Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. It is regulated and administered by the US Department of Treasury through the Internal Revenue Service. There are other 501(c) organizations, indicated by categories 501(c)(1) – 501(c)(28). 

 

What is FOWS Foundation EIN Tax ID Number?

FOWS Foundation's EIN is 52-2187086.

 

Are my monetary donations to FOWS Foundation tax deductible?

In most instances, yes.  Please consult your tax advisor.

 

When are Annual Meetings?

FOWS hosts an annual meeting once per year at minimum.  This annual meeting is held on or around October 1 each year.

 

Does FOWS Foundation have incorporated bylaws?

Yes, the legal requirements for maintaining a 501(c)(3) include the writing of bylaws and governing documents. 

Please contact the FOWS Foundation Board at friendsofwestbrook@gmail.com to review these bylaws.