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Eagle Ridge Academy encourages and celebrates involvement from our families, students, staff/faculty, and community in all areas of time, talent, and treasure. Our passionate work is fueled by living out the mission of Eagle Ridge Academy every day. We are grateful for the tremendous support of our community.

Contact Kelly Schiffman, ERA Director of Development, with questions about giving at or call 952-746-7760 x 1107.

Donate to Eagle Ridge Academy

Gifts by cash or check are essential to the needs of ERA. Gifts maybe made online or sent to:

Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy
11111 Bren Road West
Minnetonka, MN 55343

Other ways to donate:

  • Give through a Donor-Advised Fund.
  • Set up a Monthly Gift to make your gift in affordable monthly payments.
  • Set up an Annual or Multi-Year Pledge (monthly, quarterly, or annual payments).\
  • Many organizations have Corporate Social Responsibility programs and Matching Gift programs within, that match their employees’ gifts to charities of their choice. If your workplace offers a Matching Gift program, you may have the opportunity to have your gift to Eagle Ridge Academy or volunteer hours matched financially, some up to 100%. Search here to see if your workplace matches.
  • Donate an In-Kind Gift of goods or services.

By including Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy (FERA) in your will, estate plan, or financial plans, you can continue to support and sustain future generations of Eagle Ridge Academy scholars. Please let us know if you already have or plan to make a legacy, bequest or planned gift to FERA by contacting the Development Office at 952-746-7760, ext. 1107.

  • Planned Gift: Deferred until a future date (i.e. will, charitable annuity, life insurance, revocable trust, charitable bequest, or charitable remainder trust)
  • Gifts of Real Estate: Donate real property. Donors may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the asset and pay no capital gains tax on the transfer.
  • Gifts of Retirement Assets: Retirement assets (401k, 403b), pension, or other tax-deferred plan. By naming a non-profit 501(c)(3), FERA), as beneficiary of all or part, the full value is transferred tax-free and the estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.
  • Stocks, Securities, and Bonds: Gifts of securities, including stocks or bonds, can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold the assets. Giving long-term appreciated stock is one of the most tax-advantaged ways to make charitable gifts.
  • Inkind Gift: Product or services donated to ERA, allowing more of the school’s resources to be allocated to education.

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Why does Eagle Ridge Academy need funding?

Eagle Ridge Academy (ERA) is funded through general education revenue from the state-based open enrollment, which every public school receives. We receive 10% through federal programs. Unlike traditional public schools, public charter schools do not have the option to increase revenue from taxpayers through bond or levy referendums, which means we receive 30% less per student than traditional public schools.

To sustain the Academy into future generations, provide critical equipment, enhance curriculum, update existing programming, make facility improvements, and offer a competitive compensation plan to our teachers and staff, we must raise funds to close the funding gap. View a donations FAQ here.

Funds are raised at Eagle Ridge Academy through several areas of outreach:

  • Events
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Matching Gift Programs
  • Individual Giving
  • Employee Giving
  • Give to the Max
  • Major Gifts
  • Capital Campaigns and Year End Appeal
  • Grants
  • Sponsorships
  • Volunteer Match Programs
  • Miscellaneous programs such as SCRIP, AmazonSmile, Microsoft Rewards, etc.

The generosity of the community has raised more than $1 million to help fund:

  • Activities Van
  • Activities Field
  • Athletic Equipment and Uniforms
  • Auditorium
  • Baby Grand Piano
  • Family Support
  • Gryphon Garden
  • Gymnasium
  • Library Books
  • Pep Band Sheet Music
  • Playground Equipment
  • Playscape & Grounds Beautification Project
  • Robotics Equipment
  • Student Scholarships
  • Technology