116 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Your Annual Fund Gifts Support Our Teachers and Our Program
For 40 years, St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s academic program has instilled confidence, capability and critical thought in students – qualities that benefit them and their communities for a lifetime.
Your contributions to our educational programs directly enhance the vitality of our school, the local community, and beyond. We are fortunate to have such a generous community of Trustees, parents, faculty, and alumni who give of their time, talent, and treasure to enhance the health and strength of our School. Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness in supporting our students and faculty.
“Please accept the enclosed gift to be used at St. Paul’s School wherever you see fit. I truly appreciate what a great job you’re doing in educating my grandchildren, Graham and Owen. St. Paul’s is helping them become wonderful young people.”
— Anthony B. Varni, grandparent
The Annual Fund is the School’s primary fundraising initiative and helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. For the 2015-2016 school year, this gap is $1,900 per student. By supporting the Annual Fund, you will sustain the values that make St. Paul's a special place and preserve it for future generations, just as those in the past maintained St. Paul's for students today.
Gifts to the Annual Fund support all aspects of school life including:
All members of the St. Paul’s community are asked to support the Annual Fund. Gifts to the Annual Fund range from $20 to $25,000; each gift is needed and greatly appreciated. The Annual Fund drive is co-chaired by parent volunteers and kicks off in the fall of each school year. The 2015-2016 Annual Fund goal is $550,000. We ask that all pledges to the Annual Fund be paid by May 1 of the fiscal year in which they are made.
- Small class sizes and individualized instruction
- Gifted and passionate teachers
- A truly diverse group of classmates
- Up-to-date technology that enhances learning
- Sports, drama, art and music programs that allow self-expression
- An integrated curriculum focused on developing critical thinkers and responsible citizens
“I support St. Paul's because it is a unique learning environment. Here, diversity, spirituality, and service learning are infused into an excellent academic curriculum. St. Paul’s fosters a community where my children can thrive.”
— Marlene Henderson, parent of a child in the class of 2018
Annual Fund Goal for 2014-2015
|Goal Amt: ||$550,000.00|
|Participation Goal (%): ||100%|
|Start Date: ||7/1/2015|
|End Date: ||6/30/2016|
"St. Paul's has been a very special place for our family. The faculty has known each of our children well, drawing out their strengths and challenging them to bring out their best selves."
— Abby Cohen and Jeffrey Sandler, parents of Maya '05 and Jesse '12
FAQ About the Annual Fund
|Q. ||What is a Gap Gift?|
|A. ||A gap gift covers the difference between what it costs to educate a St. Paul's student and tuition. The gap for the 2011-2012 school year is $1,900 per student. |
|Q. ||Why should I give to the Annual Fund? |
|A. ||To maintain our commitment to socio-economic diversity, we must have a robust Annual Fund to support operating expenses, as well as Tuition Assistance. Your tax-deductible gift supports an academic program that makes St. Paul’s students sought-after by the top tier of high schools.|
|Q. ||How much should I give? |
|A. ||While we recognize that you
receive many requests, we ask that you put St. Paul’s at the top of
your philanthropic priorities. As a diverse community, we know that not
everyone can contribute the same amount. Gifts to the Annual Fund range
from $20 to $20,000. Only you can determine the right amount. If St.
Paul’s has made a difference in your life, we ask that you consider
making a personally significant gift.|
|Q. ||Will my gift truly make a difference?|
As a small independent school, we do not receive funding from state or
federal government and we have fewer supporters than a college or
university. The number of contributions is correspondingly small, but
the need continues to be very great. By supporting St. Paul’s, you will
sustain the values that make St. Paul’s a special place and preserve it
for future generations, just as those in the past maintained St. Paul’s
for students today.|
|Q. ||What is a Matching Gift? |
employers will double and even triple employees donations. Some
companies will even match contributions made by retired employees.
Statistically, 1 out of 10 gifts qualify for employee matching gifts
program. Please check with the Human Resources Office where you work to
learn if your employer will match your contribution to St. Paul’s. Let
us know that you have submitted a matching gift request to your company
so we can work with you in monitoring this.|
|Q. ||How do I make my gift?|
|A. ||Whether in one payment or in monthly payments, gifts may be made by:|
• Giving online.
Sending a check made payable to St. Paul’s Episcopal School to St.
Paul’s Development Office, 116 Montecito Ave., Oakland, CA 94610.
• Calling the Development Office at 510.285-9614 to make your credit card gift over the phone with Visa or MasterCard.
• Make a pledge or credit card gift on your Annual Fund remit envelope, or by contacting the Development Office.
Transfer shares of appreciated securities to the School’s account at
Charles Schwab Inc. Call the Development Office at (510) 285-9614 for
|Q. ||Are contributions tax-deductible?|
|A. ||St. Paul's Episcopal School is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) institution with the federal tax identification number 94-1525621. Gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Pledge payments are due by May 1 of the fiscal year in which they were made. If you wish to take a tax-deductible charitable donation in the current calendar year, you must make your contribution by December 31. Thank you!|
David Spiher, Development Coordinator, joined St. Paul’s in 2005. Mr. Spiher earned a B.F.A. from the John Herron School of Art, Indiana University, and an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. A practicing painter/printmaker associated with the Compound Studios in North Oakland, Mr. Spiher is also a dharma teacher at the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley.