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.

 

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Funding Priorities

It is through philanthropy that we strengthen our connections at Prospect Sierra – building support among all who love and cherish this school and who want to ensure its sustainability for years to come. Like independent schools across the nation, Prospect Sierra depends on fundraising as a critical component of its operating budget There are a variety of opportunities to partner with us.

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund helps to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Prospect Sierra education. It provides critical support to all aspects of the student experience. Each year, every member of our community is asked to make a contribution to the Annual Fund. This generous, community-wide, year over year support makes it possible for us to foster a socio-economically diverse community through flexible tuition, hire and retain outstanding teachers, and offer comprehensive fine and performing arts, sports, and social-emotional learning programs which allow our students to emerge with the courage to be great people, not just great students. Every Annual Fund gift – from $25 to $25,000 – is valued and impactful.

Spring Event

The spring event is a longstanding fundraising tradition where the community comes together to celebrate and raise vital funds for flexible tuition and other important all-school initiatives which support our people and programs at Prospect Sierra. Families can participate by attending this year’s Walkathon, donating or purchasing auction items, volunteering, and/or sponsoring the event. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, get involved in the community, and have fun!

Count Me In Parties

This is a fun, community building fundraising program with unique events hosted by members of the community. Ticket revenue directly supports Prospect Sierra programs and furthers our goal of an inclusive and equitable community. Host a party or join a party that’s happening. Past parties have included Zumba, food and wine tasting, poker parties, cooking parties, family campouts, pool parties, baking extravaganza, babysitting boot camp, and more. They can be kid friendly, adults-only, or both!

Major Gifts

A robust major gifts program allows independent schools to move forward significant strategic initiatives outside of a capital campaign. Major gifts are donor directed, larger scale gifts in support of transformative programming and big ideas; they are made in addition to an Annual Fund gift.

Endowment

A strong endowment provides long-term financial stability for Prospect Sierra. While gifts to the Annual Fund are put to use the following fiscal year, endowment gifts are held in perpetuity, with earnings used each year for strategic initiatives. The school’s first endowment fund, the Leo Gaspardone Scholarship Endowment Fund, was established in 1997 to honor our retiring head of school. This fund was created specifically to build a robust source of funding for tuition assistance. In the fall of 2018, the school created a new endowment in support of teachers. The Growing Leaders Fund in honor of Katherine Dinh is a professional development endowment which ensures the school’s commitment to faculty/staff enrichment.

The school’s permanent endowment fund, including both endowments listed above, is currently $1,380,000.

Capital and Special Campaigns

At critical points in the growth and development of the school, the Head of School and the Board of Trustees will initiate a fundraising campaign necessary to strengthen our academic program and improve facilities. These projects fall outside of the operating budget and are investments in the future sustainability of Prospect Sierra. Capital and Special Campaigns help a school think big, and usually align with a strategic plan.

Annual Fund Fast Facts

 

How to Give

Prospect Sierra offers many opportunities to support the school. To learn more, contact Interim Director of Development Liz Clark at lclark@prospectsierra.org or 510.809.9012. Our Tax ID # is 94-2940144.

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: Development Office, 2060 Tapscott Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Securities

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

Grants & Donor Advised Funds

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. Contact the Development Office at 510-809-9007 or development@prospectsierra.org if you are interested in including Prospect Sierra in your estate plans.

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.

Rock the Walk:
The Virtual Experience!


Welcome to our ROCK THE WALK: Virtual Experience where there will be all kinds of fitness fun to be had! The entire experience takes place over a few weeks, culminating with an all-school Zoom celebration on Saturday, May 30 from 10-11:30 a.m., followed by a BYOL (bring your own lunch) dance party with guest DJ, Coach Nick! Here are details about how to participate and make it fun!

How Does This Work and What Do I Do?

  • Set Up Your Pledge Page.
  • Ask Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Colleagues to Pledge between April 27-May 17.
  • Raise Money by Doing Fun Walkathon Fitness “Laps” from May 11-17.
  • Join the Walk it Out Video Challenge (more info below).
  • Attend the Live Virtual Celebration on Saturday, May 30 from 10-11:30 am


How Do I Register?

  • Go to http://pledgestar.com/prospect.
  • Click “Not Registered For This Year’s Event.”
  • Enter your name and email address, then click “Submit.”
  • Follow the instructions on-screen to register students.
  • You can sign up as a family and donations will be split equally between all participants.


How Do I Get Pledges? 

Participants request pledges from family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, or businesses to support their efforts. Once you have your pledge page set up, there are sharing options available. You can add family and friends to a list and an email will be automatically sent to them (including a thank you email once a pledge is made!).

Donors can either pledge a certain amount of money per lap, or make a flat donation (fixed pledge) in support of our school. You can also use the form on the front of the pledge envelope that was sent home in March to track any offline pledges. The more people you ask, the higher your percentage of donors and more chances to win prizes!

What Equals a Lap?

Each of the following equals one lap and you are welcome to do any combination of these activities:

  • 25 Jumping Jacks
  • 25 Sit Ups
  • 25 Push Ups
  • 25 Jumps with a Jump Rope (or an imaginary one)
  • 25 Rounds of a Hula Hoop
  • Every 3 minutes of a Family Walk (that would be 20 laps per 1 hour walk!)


What is Our Goal? 

Our most fundamental goal is to have over 75% of our families, faculty, and staff participate. Above all, we want to create a reason to get active and have some fun while sheltering in place! If we reach this goal, we will have a super surprise! We are also hoping to raise $40,000 through this event. If everyone raises $90 we can achieve and maybe even exceed our goal! And everyone will receive a limited edition Walkathon t-shirt!

What is the Walk It Out Challenge?

Many of you have seen the plank challenge, stair challenge, or even the toilet paper roll challenge online and we are adding our own PS version for fun. We’ve chosen the song Walk It Out in honor of our Walkathon and challenge you to make a quick and fun 15-second video. Videos can be done in either TikTok (search the title of the song) or by downloading the audio clip here and playing it while simply recording a video on your phone. To kick it off here is our first official Walk It Out Challenge Video to get you pumped up for the fun ahead! Have fun, get active, be silly, keep it positive and clean, and share it to RockTheWalk2020@prospectsierra.org so we can create some PS joy!

How Can I Make a Donation?

If you’re unable to walk or participate in one of the ways above, you can still make a donation to the Walkathon! Simply click here, fill out the form, and choose Walkathon 2020 in the pulldown menu.

Thank You!

A very special thank you to our business sponsors: SuperBrain Neurofeedback and Trillium Asset Management.