Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962

Annual Fund

Our top fundraising priority each year, the Annual Fund helps bridge the gap between the income we receive from tuition and the actual cost of the Seven Hills experience. It provides essential support for every aspect of school life and enhances the student experience at every turn. The Annual Fund helps fuel our experience-rich curriculum; attracts and competitively compensates the very best teachers; ensures greater differentiation with low student-teacher ratios; and maintains our beautiful 9-acre campus and outdoor learning spaces. Each year, every member of the community is asked to contribute to the Annual Fund. Your gift gives current students the opportunity to learn, imagine, create, explore, and lead.

FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What will my gift support?

    Each year, the Annual Fund enhances the student experience by supporting ongoing school priorities. Here are a few examples of how your support will have a BIG impact this year: 

    • New collaborative teams in math, science, history, music, and student support will deepen student learning through enhanced coordination for a more seamless and holistic student experience. 
    • Additional music offerings including dedicated school-wide choral time will expand student horizons, fuel creativity, and build community as we come together and sing! 
    • More personalized instruction and greater differentiation through optimized teacher-student ratios in the classroom and specialties like science, art, and world language. 
    • New furniture and materials in classrooms that accommodate various learning styles and create learning spaces that are conducive to open collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and student choice.
  • Q: Why is 100% participation important?

    A high level of participation in the Annual Fund is a tangible demonstration of our community’s belief in the school, its mission, and its promise to future generations. Last year, the school raised more than $530,000 in Annual Fund support with 96 percent of parents and 100 percent of trustees and employees participating in this effort. We seek 100 percent participation from current families each and every year.
  • Q: How much should I give to the Annual Fund?

    We encourage every member of the community to make a personally meaningful gift. Depending on family circumstances, that might be $25 or $25,000. Our leadership giving level begins at $2,500. It is important that as many families as possible strive to give at this level or above in order to meet our annual financial goal. Just give BIG— whatever that may be for your family this year. Collectively, we will close the $3,600 gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each and every Seven Hills student.
  • Q: Why not just raise tuition?

    Seven Hills strives to keep tuition as low as possible to provide access to more families by keeping the school more affordable. With tuition intentionally set below full cost, the Annual Fund gives families the opportunity to support the school through tax-deductible donations and not just tuition increases. Every Seven Hills student benefits from the Annual Fund because dollars raised surpass what is possible with tuition alone and enhances every student’s experience.
  • Q: Why is alumni participation important?

    Many of our alumni tell us that Seven Hills provided them with a strong educational foundation, and instilled in them a lifelong passion for learning, and the confidence to take on life’s challenges. Just as annual gifts supported your education in your years at Seven Hills, your gift ensures that the school can provide the same remarkable experience for the current generation. In addition, strong alumni support provides a tangible measure of the value that graduates place on their Seven Hills education.
  • Q: What is a matching gift?

    The company you work for may match your gifts to nonprofit organizations like Seven Hills. It is like free money. Matching gift support often doubles or triples an individual's gift, and you get credit. Ask your employer for the form to submit a request to have your gift matched.
  • Q: How do I give?

    We welcome contributions by check, credit card, or securities. You can make a pledge now and pay later. All pledges must be paid in full by May 15, 2018. Click here to make a gift or pledge online. 

    If you have questions or would like to make a gift of securities, please contact: 

    Amy Walters 
    Director of Development & Parent Relations
    awalters@sevenhillsschool.org 
    (925) 974-4981