The Community Group’s vision is to build a strong, international community of children, families and teachers who work together to support each other, welcome new families and raise funds for underprivileged people in Shanghai.
What we do
We build connections between all members of the school community including students, family and staff providing them with information, support and ways to network.
We run a variety of events throughout the year. The profits from these events are used to help charities which support underprivileged people in Shanghai.
Who we are
We are a group of parent volunteers.
Within this group of volunteers, there is a Core Committee who lead all of the annual activities and events run by the Community Group. This group is made up of, but not limited to, the following roles: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Charities Coordinator, Class Representative Coordinators, Chinese Liaison Coordinator and a New Parent Coordinator.
We also have a number of Sub-Committees to lead on specific project areas:
- Funding Sub-committee which monitors funds raised, funds requested and funds dispersed each year.
- Event Sub-Committees, such as Summer Fair Sub-Committee, Music Festival Sub-Committee. These are specific committees set-up for each big event.
We have a network of Class Representatives that assist in communication between the Community Group, class teachers, year groups and parents.
We also have a wider group of volunteer parents who support our events on a more informal basis.
How we decide where funds are spent
Due to our limited funds and the importance of the school giving back to the local community, all funds raised within the 2016-17 school year (excepting a minimal float to allow us to start work during the next school year) will be given to charities supporting underprivileged people and/or families.
We conduct research into charities who will benefit from the NAIS Pudong Community Group’s funds in order to ensure accountability and transparency of money allocated.
A formal process has been developed to apply for these funds. Briefly, the process will include:
- a person completing an ‘Application for Funds’ form and submitting this to the Community Group,
- an invitation for the requesting person, or their suggested charity, to present their ‘Application for Funds’ to the Funding Sub-Committee,
- an independent evaluation of the charity by the Funding Sub-Committee.
There will be two open meetings each year, in January and June, dedicated to presentations of an ‘Application for Funds’.
Supporting students and school events
The Community Group will support requests from within the school community relating directly to students and student groups by helping with ‘ring-fenced’ fundraising activities, for example, by providing free tables at Community Group events or advertising other fundraising activities in the Community Group Newsletter.
Funds raised by the Community Group itself however, will not be directly dispersed amongst students or student groups. There are not sufficient funds annually to support specific events for each year group and it is inequitable to distribute funds that benefit some students and not others.
Charitable donations in 2015/16
The following chart represents how funds were dispersed in the 2015/16 academic year to external charities. Note that some funds were raised in prior years. Donations were given to seven organisations:
There will be a report prepared for the Annual General Meeting detailing how funds raised in the 2016-2017 academic year will be dispersed. This report will be made available to the School Community.
Community Group Chair