Why Give?

Since our founding, Prospect Sierra’s vision for helping children build a better world has remained strong. As a nonprofit organization, financial support is crucial to delivering the kind of exceptional education our community values. When you give to Prospect Sierra, you help equip our classrooms, provide professional development for our faculty, assist families with tuition for robust economic diversity, and ensure the long-term vitality of our school.

In addition to monetary gifts, Prospect Sierra offers many ways to contribute your time to greatly help the school, including strategic and hands-on volunteering in classrooms, joining committees, organizing events, and sharing your expertise.

For many, simply attending an Authors & Lectures event, listening to our musicians or watching a school production, going to one of our writing workshops, or cheering on our Panthers at a sporting event is all the reason they need to support our school. Your participation—at whatever level is personally meaningful—is what’s most important.

How to Give

Prospect Sierra offers many opportunities to support the school. To learn more, contact Director of Development Elizabeth Hollendoner at ehollendoner@prospectsierra.org or 510.809.9007.

Gifts of Cash

Contributions by cash, check, or credit card are tax-deductible in the year the gift is made. Make checks payable to Prospect Sierra School and mail them to: Advancement Office, 2060 Tapscott Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Gifts of Stock

You can contribute the fair market value of appreciated securities and avoid capital gains tax on the appreciated value of the stock.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs that can double or triple employee contributions to nonprofit organizations. Please check directly with your employer, or click here, to find out if your employer participates in matching gifts.


You can designate Prospect Sierra as a recipient of a grant from a family foundation, charitable gift, or donor-advised gift fund.

Planned Giving

Planned giving through gift annuities or remainder trusts can create an ongoing legacy at Prospect Sierra while helping minimize taxes. Many estate plans also make charitable gifts through a bequest or by naming Prospect Sierra a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement account.

Fundraising Activities

Like independent schools across the nation, Prospect Sierra depends on fundraising as a critical component of its operating budget. Our fundraising activities are focused upon four main areas.



A huge thank you to all of our event sponsors for helping to make our biggest fundraising event of the year a soaring success. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Event Sponsors
Craneway Pavillion
Kermit-Lynch Wine Merchant
Travel Beyond
Vik’s Chaat

Stratosphere Sponsors
Al Caruso Insurance
ConCar Industries
Ferrari Orthodontice
First Republic
Ratcliffe Architects
Trillium Asset Management

Nebula Sponsors
Lesly Flynn/Marvin Gardens Realty
Highland Partners

Stellar Sponsors
Karthiga Anandan, Realtor
Cape and Cowl Comics
Jason Wizelman: Mortgage Lender

Please mark your calendars and save the date for next year’s Annual Spring Gala and Fundraiser, which will take place on March 30, 2019!