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.

  • Elizabeth Hollendoner
    Interim Director of Development 510.809.9007

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

  • Kristi Nellor
    Development Events Manager510.809.9016

  • Seogwon Lee
    Donor Data Coordinator510.809.9530

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.



Save the Date for the Party of the Year!
March 24, 2018

The band is back for another round so it’s time to line up those sitters and dust of your dancin’ shoes. Please mark your calendar to join us for our annual Spring Fundraiser on Saturday, March 24 for a night to remember full of friends, fun, and of course, the amazing Tory and the Teasers who kept us dancing last year until they closed the venue!

Come enjoy all the things you loved about last year, and back by popular demand this year…the silent auction! Have a vacation home or tickets to the hottest show in town? Are you an amazing cook or love to entertain? Know someone with a helicopter for bay area tours? Please help us offer up one of a kind experiences either via auction or by hosting a count-me-in-party. These parties are a great way to build and celebrate our community by featuring hosts’ unique hobbies and talents as well as connecting people with similar interests.

What’s a count-me-in-party? A home chef offers a six course dinner party for 10 people and guests buy individual spots at the auction and show up on a specified date to meet and greet with others in our community. Other popular themes include dance parties, wood working, and private barrel wine tasting. All ideas are welcome and can be targeted to parents or students, as we will offer both kinds of parties.

Our strategic goal this year is community; what better way to celebrate community than to offer a range of unique experiences that celebrate the talents of our community and bring people together for some good fun?!

Don’t delay; purchase tickets HERE!

If interested, please connect with Rachel Parker (Sam, 3rd), as she is gathering auction items for the event: rparker0606@aol.com.

Please reach out to Kristi Nellor in the Development Office with any additional questions or interest in volunteering to help with the event:  auction@prospectsierra.org.