"Everyone who writes about this issue always includes the fears that parents have about the idea of transitioning from site-based to district-wide fundraising — fears that parents won't give as much 'if they aren't giving to their own schools,'" Fanali wrote in an e-mail.
"However, what these articles almost always fail to mention is that there is no evidence of those fears becoming reality."
According to Fanali, districts that have adopted a unified fundraising approach, which also include those in Palo Alto, Manhattan Beach, Irvine and Palos Verdes, all faced pushback from some parents who threatened to withdraw their students or withhold donations.
Neither reaction came to pass, she maintained, and the pooled systems are now running smoothly and successfully.
"Parents don't care who they write a check to — they care about what that money pays for," she wrote. "And if a district policy is to pay for staff [programs] through centralized fundraising, then that's how parents contribute."