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.

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.

Ways to Connect


Thank you to everyone who came out in support of Make Your Mark, our 2019 spring fundraiser and community celebration! Community members came together and enjoyed alumni speakers, delicious food, great music, and wonderful company, all while raising money for flexible tuition and professional development.

Thank you to our event sponsors, and stay tuned for more information about our 2020 fundraiser coming soon!