Help Support Lafayette

The Bear Fund is the Lafayette HSA’s annual fundraiser that supports the Peace program, teacher supplies, scholarships, and so much more (see the HSA’s budget here). However, this year our school looks much different than years past. Despite our new environment, the Bear Fund remains critical to school support in these uncertain times. 

The Bear Fund has allowed Lafayette to rise up to meet the unexpected. During the COVID pandemic, we have purchased laptops for teachers, provided immediate help for families and staff in need, and met the social and emotional needs of our children. Our goal as an HSA is to provide a stable environment for our children, teachers, and families. Maintaining that stability means supporting our current needs, but having flexibility if new ones arise. 

Our community understands the importance of helping others. This year, we voted in support of an equity pledge. Working in collaboration with the DC Education Fund, we are pledging 10% of all funds raised through the Bear Fund to provide direct financial support for DCPS students furthest from opportunity. We are proud to be leaders in this important step towards equity.

Please join us in supporting the HSA and the programs that make our community so special. This year the Bear Fund will be the main fundraiser for Lafayette.

We have one goal: 100% participation of families across all giving levels. 

Booker T. Washington said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Lafayette HSA is here to lift up our school community and beyond. Help us support each other. Together, we make Lafayette stronger. 

If you give online, you can choose to donate in a single transaction or donate in 10 monthly installments.

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Donate by Check: Due to school closure we are encouraging donations to be made online. Any donations by check should be made payable to the Lafayette HSA. All checks are to be mailed to Lafayette Home & School Association, c/o Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road, NW Washington, DC 20015.

Matching Gifts: Did you know that many employers encourage employees to make charitable contributions by offering matching gift programs?  Make your donation go twice as far by submitting a matching gift request. 

Donations are 100% tax deductible. The Lafayette HSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and you will receive a receipt documenting your donation via email. Lafayette HSA Tax ID Number: 52-6049055.

Questions, please email: or see our Frequently Asked Questions here.