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, or 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 reasons they need to support our school. Your participation—at whatever level is personally meaningful—is what’s most important.

  • Wendy Horng Brawer
    Director of Advancement & Partnerships510.809.9007

  • Liz Clark
    Assistant Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations510.809.9012

How to Give

Prospect Sierra offers many opportunities to support the school. To learn more, contact Director of Advancement Wendy Horng Brawer at whbrawer@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.

Make a Pledge

You may make a pledge to Annual Giving or other areas through our secure website or by contacting the Advancement Office. Pledges may be fulfilled through a single contribution or in multiple payments. Final Annual Giving payments are due by May 1 of the school year in which the gift is pledged.

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.

Funding Priorities

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



Prospect Sierra is proud to present “An Intimate Conversation with Legendary Author Michael Lewis” on Monday, February 13 at Peet’s Theater (Berkeley Rep Theater).

From Liar’s Poker to Blindside to Flash Boys, Michael Lewis is a storyteller extraordinaire.

His most recent book, The Undoing Project, is about two extremely different, brilliant minds, the quintessential odd couple, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. This is the story about their deepest friendship and mutual admiration, which turned psychological and economic theory on its head.

As Tversky and Kahneman dismantle conventional economic theory in the book, they find paths into the everyday world. And through Tversky and Kahneman he studies the what-if thinking people do when coping with tragedy or loss by drifting into unrealized possibilities. Such as, “if only he had missed that flight,” or “if only she had taken a different route..”

Don’t miss this opportunity to partake in a conversation you’ll remember for years to come.

Purchase tickets to “An Intimate Conversation with Legendary Author Michael Lewis” here.