Community. Opportunity. Growth. Impact.
Last year, our Pinewood community gave more than $1.2 million in just 100 days.
Over the last three years, we've nearly doubled the success of our Annual Fund First program.
When it comes to giving, think of the Annual Fund First (AFF) as the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts each year.
The AFF is the foundation of philanthropy at Pinewood - the largest and most broad-based fundraising effort each year. Participation in annual giving is also frequently used as a benchmark measurement of a community’s strength, making support at any level especially powerful – and our top priority.
- 100-Day Campaign: September 23 - December 31, 2019
- 10% of our Pinewood Community serves as Ambassadors for the Annual Fund First.
- Our goal is to elevate community participation in the 100-Day Campaign. Any gift, no matter the size, is meaningful.
The Annual Fund First:
- Ensures innovative programs and spaces that engage and inspire our students' growth.
- Enables us to attract and retain the finest teachers.
- Allows us to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
- What's the purpose of the Annual Fund First?
- Who participates in the Annual Fund First?
- Why not raise tuition to cover all costs?
- How much should I give?
- What is the 100-Day Campaign?
- When will I be asked?
- What is "Leadership Giving?"
- Matching Gifts?
Philanthropic support from our community is essential to maintaining our standard of excellence, and the most important way you can make a difference. Unrestricted, flexible support enables Pinewood to attract and retain world-class faculty, as well as provide the very best programs and state-of-the-art resources for our students.
The school is committed to offering a Pinewood education to as many qualified students as possible. By keeping annual tuition increases at a competitive level and relying on AFF support, Pinewood is accessible to a wider range of students. Additionally, philanthropic support of the school is favorable financially over raising tuition due to the tax advantages of donations.
Every Pinewood family is encouraged to participate in a way that is meaningful to them. Every gift, whether large or small, makes a difference. Pinewood hopes for 100% participation from all current parents, Trustees, faculty & staff. Gifts range from $5 – $50,000, and make a significant impact on the daily experience of all Pinewood students.
The 100 Day-Day Campaign is our flagship philanthropic campaign, during which all parents are invited to support the AFF. By giving or pledging early, your dollars will be put to use immediately for our wonderful faculty and students. Our hope is that 100% of parents will participate by making a gift or pledge in the 100-Day Campaign.
The 100-Day Campaign will run this year from September 23–December 31, 2019. Everyone in the Pinewood community will receive a letter in September requesting support of the AFF, and a follow-up email from one of our wonderful AFF Ambassadors. We encourage you to make your gift or pledge by December 31st so that donations can be put to immediate use. Pledges to the AFF are payable by June 30 of each school year, so you can pledge in the fall, but pay in the spring, if you prefer.
Leadership giving begins at $2,500 and is one of the ways to make a significant impact on the daily experience of all Pinewood students. Donors who join at the Partner level and above are invited to the President’s Circle Reception in the Fall.
Ad Astra Society $50,000+
Other Giving Levels
Green & White Club $500-$1,499
Panther Club $1-$499
*Donors at the President’s Circle level are invited to the President’s Circle Reception in the fall.
Many companies match charitable gifts to independent schools. If your employer has a matching gift program you can often double – in some cases, triple - the impact of your support with a simple form. Here are a few of the employers that have matched gifts to Pinewood:
If you are not sure if your company offers a matching gift program, please contact your company's human resource or business office.
You will be recognized by Pinewood School for the sum total of your family's gift AND any corporate match given in your name.
Please note: When donating to Pinewood or requesting a match through your employer, search for "Creative Center of Los Altos dba Pinewood School", tax payer ID# 94-1527492.