Annual Giving

Extra Incentives!

Show your support! With every donation, you will receive a limited edition cluster-color magnet for each of your children. All donations by the end of the school year qualify. 
Learn More.

Remember that donations by 12/31 qualify as charitable deductions for that year if you itemize deductions on your income taxes.

Your Annual Contribution Makes the Difference!

As you know, delivering the extraordinary education Open School offers is not possible with school district funds alone. Through our booster club, Friends of the Open School, we must raise close to $250,000 each year to deliver our curriculum with programs like integrated music, art, technology, garden, physical education, and extra aides for our amazing teachers.

Annual Giving, previously known as the "Pledge Drive", relies on direct financial contributions from our families, extended families, and friends. 

Supporting the mission of Open School should be reason enough to donate. To sweeten the deal, the following incentives are currently available:

  • It is our most important fundraiser, historically raising almost 2/3 of all the funds we need.  We believe that with your participation, we could raise ALL of our funds through annual giving, eliminating the need for other fundraising work
  • We strive for participation from 100% of our families.  Every amount helps, and each family should choose an amount that is practical and meaningful to them.  We have flexible payment options to help make this possible.
  • Our goal is to raise an average of $700 per child per year.  Open School's richness comes from our diverse community with families of differing financial means.   If your family has the means, your generous extra contribution helps ensure an amazing education for all of our kids.
  • We need each family to give generously each year.  Every cluster and grade heavily uses and benefits from the resources your contributions provide.

Why Annual Giving is So Important

From a fundraising standpoint, Annual Giving has a big impact for several reasons...

  1. Every Dollar Counts 100%.  Unlike other fundraising, every single penny of every dollar raised in direct donations counts 100% towards achieving an excellent education for your children.
  2. Your Donation is Tax Deductible.  If you itemize deductions, you can count your donation as a charitable contribution.  After tax savings, your cost for every dollar contributed can be significantly less than a dollar.
  3. Matches can Multiply the Effect.  Many employers and family foundations match direct contributions to Open School.  We'll help you do the paperwork.  This may double the impact of every dollar you contribute.  Learn More.
  4. Extended Family can Help.  Unlike other fundraisers, direct donations are easy for extended family and friends to participate in, no matter where they live.
  5. It is Fast and Simple.  With our online form and a variety of payment options, contributing directly is the fastest and simplest way to impact our kids.  We'll happily work with you if you prefer not to contribute online.

We ask you to make Open School a priority in your charitable contributions.  The students... your students... thank you.

If you prefer not to contribute online: 

  • Print an Annual Giving Form or pick one up in the office
  • Return or mail it with your check to the office c/o Friends of the Open School

For other options and any questions, please contact Mark Fischer, the Annual Giving Chair, at (subject: Annual%20Giving)

Your Annual Contribution Makes the Difference!

Friends of the Open School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Tax ID # 95-3793829.
All contributions, minus the value of any incentives received, are 100% tax deductible.

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Invite Your Friends and Family to the Season of Giving (Article)

Submitted by Kevin Joyce on Dec 5 (last updated Dec 6)

During this Season of Giving, donations from extended family are a great way to support our school. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are looking for meaningful ways to give to your child. Their gift to Open will directly provide enriching experiences for your child at our school.  

Friends of Open School - Season of Giving (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Nov 26 (last updated Nov 28)

Dear Open Parents,

#Giving Tuesday is here - the global day of giving!  Please support our wonderful school with your gift.  We have some great incentives to reward your genorosity.
Donate to Open now through end-of-day #GivingTuesday, November 27th to be eligible for these prizes:

Friends' Season of Giving: November 27 - Dec 31, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 15 (last updated Nov 15)

Parent-Teacher Conference Week is an amazing reminder of how much there is to be thankful for at Open. Many of those things - art, music, garden, PE and even some technology and teacher aides - exist at the level they do only because of the generosity of families like yours. 

Friends' "Season of Giving" Fundraising Campaign (Article)

Submitted by Kevin Joyce on Nov 15 (last updated Nov 15)

As we all head into the holidays, we ask you to join us in remembering and supporting Open's many treasured programs and resources that rely on your generosity


For 2018, we're aiming for $18,000 between #GivingTuesday (November 29) and the end of year.

This includes a mini-goal of $8,000 on one big day - #GivingTuesday. We'll be doing our part by giving YOU some attractive incentives to help us start the campaign off right. 

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