Before the city was formed in 2005, an organization called Friends of Sandy Springs created a great deal of pull in the area, donating to police and fire departments.
The foundation was formed to create the gap left after Friends petered out.
“We want to have a place where people can donate money locally, so it serves people locally,” said Christine Bruno, the organization’s chair.
The board discussed two major fundraising goals for 2013 at its second meeting Friday — raising money for and developing a summer camp scholarship program in conjunction with the city’s recreation and parks department and collecting funds for the Anne Frank exhibit located above the Sandy Springs Welcome Center.
In the past, the department has worked with local schools to determine low-income students on free or reduced lunch who are eligible for the program.
Sharon Griswold, advisor to the board and special project coordinator with the department, said that in the past each student who applied for a camp scholarship has received one.
“A lot of people don’t know there’s such a need for scholarships in Sandy Springs,” she said.
According to Griswold, 98 percent of students at Lake Forest Elementary receive free or reduced lunch. A total of 11,864 public school students, or 56 percent of Sandy Springs students, are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
City summer camps cost $85 per week, plus a $10 activity fee.
The board discussed promoting a “send a kid to camp” program in which members would solicit residents to donate $100 to provide a week of camp for an underserved child.
Members also discussed soliciting Sandy Springs-based corporations to sponsor a week of camp.
In addition, board members approved Bruno to buy a website domain package including email addresses for board members not to exceed $100.