Why Contribute?

Your contributions are critical to the Hoboken Charter School.  As detailed below, your taxes are, unfortunately, insufficient to fund charter schools

Why Are We So Focused on Fundraising?

The perpetual challenge faced by HCS and all public charter schools in New Jersey is that the state provides no facilities support. This means that critical budget dollars that HCS would otherwise be used for academics must be diverted to facilities-related costs. The tangible financial result of this is that HCS educates our children at a per pupil cost that is roughly 30% lower than that of district public schools, and the school has consistently maintained the budgetary discipline to be able to do more with less. However, it also means that we need to fund our own facilities improvements when the need arises.

Making Your Contribution

The Annual Fund opens for donations on 'Giving Tuesday,' November 29, at 8:00AM ET.  Giving Tuesday is universally considered to be a day to support those causes which animate us. We can't think of cause that hits closer to home than maintaining the safest possible environment for our children's education, and we hope each of you in the HCS community feels the same way.

You will have the option to make one-time online payments or select recurring monthly or quarterly payments. 

Alternatively, checks can be made to'Friends of Hoboken Charter School' and sent to 

713 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030.

The Annual Fund will remain open throughout the 2023-24 school year to allow each of us to optimize the timing of our contributions.

The Friends Gala And Auction

The Gala is the biggest party of the year for HCS parents, and this year's event will host 150+ attendees.

The Auction typically includes awesome goods (memorabilia), services (spa treatments), and experiences (vacations) donated by HCS parents and the Hoboken community...and anyone can bid!  All funds raised go to the FoHCS for the benefit of HCS.

We rely on this event for 35-50% of our annual fundraising target.  

The Power of Employer Matching

As you consider your ability to contribute, we want to call attention to one way in which you can amplify your donation - Employer Matching.

Many employers match their employees' contributions to 501c3 non-profit organizations sometimes dollar for dollar. Please see our Matching Gifts Page to see if your employer is eligible. 

Please do take advantage of this opportunity, as donation matches can make a massive difference in our fundraising results!