Philanthropy Is an Act of Love

January 18, 2019

When we think about philanthropy at Prospect Sierra, we look to the literal, original Greek translation of the word philanthropy which is the “love of humanity.” We believe that we are all philanthropists, from the youngest to the oldest members of our community. And as we observed Dr. King’s birthday and approach the National Day of Service that has been established to carry on his legacy, we invite you to consider this tradition of philanthropy and how you can support Prospect Sierra and serve the organizations that are closest to our heart and yours.  

One way to think about philanthropy is to notice how you engage with the “three Ts of giving:” time, talent, and treasure. We know that many of you give your time to Prospect Sierra on a regular basis, whether it’s handing out pizza, driving on field trips, or running our all school Field Day. These acts of time are essential to operating our robust programs and creating joy on campus. We also know that so many of you harbor special talents and share them with our school community whether it’s helping us design and build Panther Picnic games, filming an event so that all parents can see their child in action, or lending your career expertise to a school committee. Lastly, a great number of you have made generous donations of treasure to our Annual Fund, a critical source of income that we rely on to help fund things like teacher salaries, professional development, classroom supplies and trips, and flexible tuition. Your gifts directly support our teachers and our children, and ensure academic excellence that is only possible when we bring diverse voices and experiences together.

In addition to participating in the National Day of Service in honor of Dr. King, later this month we will have a wonderful opportunity to come together and engage with time, talents, and treasure at our annual day of service, All Together Now. All families are invited to take part in one of many projects that support our community partnerships and our campus too, as well as participate in a student-led fundraiser. Our community partners include Alameda Point Collaborative, Canyon Trail Park, the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID), Harbor House, Refugee Transitions, and the East Bay SPCA. Click here to sign up for a specific project.

We often take time to reflect on the big picture work we do here, to build a better world and to help our children do the same. Philanthropy is a natural part of this work and we’ll reach out periodically to provide opportunities for all of us to deepen our love of humanity through philanthropy. Whether it is inviting you to support our fundraising efforts by investing in the Annual Fund, or encouraging participation in Black History Month around our theme of celebrating diverse Black people in our community and beyond, or sharing the inspiring stories of our student philanthropists, we hope you’ll join us in this work. A heartfelt thank you for all of the ways that you give back!