Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If I contribute to Friends of Lincoln, is one-third of the money donated given to the Portland Public Schools equity fund for other schools?

No. Only the portion that FOL directs towards staffing is subject to the PPSF equity fund.

Are donations to Friends of Lincoln (FOL) tax deductible?

Yes! Friends of Lincoln is a 501(c)3 organization and our tax ID number is: 93-1188791. We will provide you with a letter acknowledging your 100% tax deduction-eligible contribution.

Will individual groups, clubs, or student outreach needs lose funding through this consolidation? What about supporting additional staffing positions?

Our mission is to expand our fundraising efforts and capabilities in order to better support all of the clubs, organizations, athletics, and academic needs affiliated with Lincoln High School.

Can donors still direct donations to the specific areas that they really wish to support?

Yes. If you make a donation over $250 to FOL, you can designate on your donation if you would like your donation to go to supporting staffing, athletics and club sports, in-school programs and clubs, or student outreach and in-classroom support.

My company often matches charitable donations. Will corporate matching be an option for FOL donations?

Yes. FOL is an established 501c3. The exception is that Intel has a policy of not matching donations directed to athletics. If you are Intel employee and would like your donation matched, we will designate the funds to exclude athletics.

What does it mean that there is no longer a Lincoln Foundation, Lincoln Boosters, or PTSO? Will they all still have a voice in Friends of Lincoln?

Each of these organizations is represented by former officers of those groups, and each has a voice and activities supported through specific committees designated at FOL.

Can I volunteer my time through Friends of Lincoln instead of a financial donation?

All donations are valued and appreciated, and that includes your time. While financial donations are critical to the exceptional educational experience that LHS provides, we also heavily rely on parent and community volunteers in many capacities. Volunteering is not only a great way to contribute, it’s a great way to keep in touch with what’s going on at Lincoln, share a valuable skill, or learn a new one.   Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find a volunteer role that’s a match for you.

Is Principal Peyton supportive of this new structure?

Yes! Principal Peyton is actively involved in assisting to provide a cohesive, supportive organization to help raise and distribute needed funding for the many clubs, athletics, outreach, and staffing needs available. Her hope is to simplify donating for parents and the community with one organization that provides support for wherever it’s needed most.

If I have a club sport or other club, how do I seek funding?

For the 2015-16 academic year, funds requested outside of existing budgets should be made by the Grant Application process form and returned to Jill Ross in the Lincoln HS office, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Starting this summer, a “global” Friends of Lincoln budget will be established and $ will be allocated to activities, clubs, organizations, teams, etc. based upon historical need and available funds by the FOL board.

Our sports program or club does its own fundraising, will that continue?

Special trips or events will continue to be handled directly by the clubs or individual teams, but general fundraising will be handled by FOL.

Can our Club still maintain a bank account?

Yes. If your club or team has an established bank account for special event fundraising from parents/participants you can continue to manage those funds directly. However, the person responsible for managing that bank account will be expected to participate in the FOL finance committee. This process improves visibility and coordination across all fundraising activities, and reduces liability for parents involved with collecting funds for these activities.

I currently have a recurring donation set up with The Lincoln Foundation, or have already given this year.  What will happen with those funds?

Rest assured that your donation is still secure with a 501c(3) account.  If you've set up monthly donations, that account will continue to function, and no action is required on your part.  Any one time or recurring donation that you've already given to The Lincoln Foundation will be directed to the use that you intended.  Your continued support remains invaluable to supplementing budgets for staffing and minimizing classroom sizes.

Who is on the FOL Board and how are they appointed?

The current board and committees are a mix of members from the previous organizations consolidated to form FOL. Board members are nominated and approved by the officers of the board.   Interested in becoming a board member or volunteering on a FOL committee? We’d love to talk to you. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Current Board Members:
  • Brad McMahon - Co-Chair
  • Dara Wilk – Co-Chair
  • Randall Edwards - Treasurer
  • Jill Ross - Secretary
  • Lisa Baker - Development
  • Laura Steele - Communications
  • Scott Elliot – Alumni Relations
  • Laura Lambert - Outreach

My child is attending Lincoln High School for the first time this year.  Are all families required to donate?  Will there be other fees associated with attending?

Any donation is optional, but we do rely on the entire community to contribute in whatever way they are able. Please consider giving $500 to $1000 per student annually.  ALL donations, regardless of size, are important and appreciated, and are 100% tax-deductible. You can set up monthly or one-time donations, or consider volunteering in a capacity that fits your schedule. 

Other possible fees associated with attending LHS are determined by the individual clubs, sports, or programs that you child is involved with.  However, LHS tries to enable all students to be actively involved at Lincoln, regardless of their ability to pay.