How do I make a donation to the Metro annual fund?
1) Online: complete and submit the online donation form by clicking here.
2) Mail: download and mail a printed donation form by clicking here.
Complete and return to: Metro Early College High School, Office of Development, 1929 Kenny Road Columbus, OH 43210.
Gifts are tax-deductible and donors will be gratefully acknowledged in Metro’s Annual Report, available in the fall of the following year.
Why does Metro need an annual fund?
The funds that Metro receives from the State of Ohio and the support from our founding partners The Ohio State University and Battelle Memorial Institute do not cover the full cost of a Metro student’s education. We rely upon the support of corporations, foundations and the Metro community to fill the funding gap between revenue and operating costs. Metro receives no community-levied taxes.
The Metro model is to provide a state-of-the-art STEM education to each of our 700+ students. The success of that model will ultimately depend on the willingness of each member of our community to become a supporting partner of Metro. To make supporting Metro easier, in 2014 Metro received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service, thereby expanding the sources from which the school is qualified to seek funding.
Why does my participation matter?
When applying for grants and sponsorships, Metro is asked by corporations and foundations to report the percentage of participation in the Annual Fund among various members of our community, including the alumni, parents, and other benefactors. Therefore your gift, no matter the amount, helps to secure other funding for the school. The higher participation rate, the greater funding, thereby increasing the leverage of each dollar donated. It is not just a slogan to say, “Your gift does matter”.
Why support Metro?
Metro’s unique model of secondary education strives to serve a diverse population, to establish the standards of mastery in academic subjects, and to expose students to applied learning centers in energy, design, bodies, growth, and innovation with hands on experience with professionals in the field. “Early College” means understanding what acceptance, enrollment, and achievement in college actual requires. Metro graduates make informed decisions about financing a college education and selecting college major(s) based on the skills that science, business and the industry demands.