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What is the Annual Fund?
The purpose of Da Vinci Schools’ Annual Fund is to raise immediate income to help bridge the gap between what the state provides and what it really costs to deliver an outstanding education.

Gifts made to the Annual Fund benefit every K-12 student in the Da Vinci community. The Annual Fund is our top fundraising priority and the fundraiser we ask EVERY family to support. Your participation encourages others to give, helps persuade foundations and corporations to invest in our schools, and sends a message to the philanthropic community that Da Vinci Schools make a difference.


What does the Annual Fund support?
Funds raised through the Annual Fund provide essential support for Da Vinci Schools’ highest priorities, including:

* Hands-on curriculum for every age level
* $1,000 budget for every teacher
* Innovative educational technology
* Day-to-day operating expenses that are not funded by the state of California

Annual gifts allow us the flexibility to respond in a timely manner to opportunities and to meet unexpected challenges. Every gift makes a difference!

Who contributes to the Annual Fund?
The bulk of dollars raised through the Annual Fund come from families. We also have strong support from the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, grandparents, friends, alumni, and corporate matching gift programs.

How much should I contribute to the Annual Fund?
This is, of course, your decision. But we hope that all Da Vinci families will participate and consider a minimum donation amount of $365 per family (only $1 per day) or $30 per month. Every gift, regardless of size, is greatly appreciated. Our goal is to have 100% participation from families, faculty, staff, and the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees.

How do I make my Annual Fund contribution?
All K-12 Da Vinci families will receive an Annual Fund package in the mail at the beginning of the Campaign. A remittance envelope will be provided for you to return your gift. For more information about how to make a gift to Da Vinci Schools, please visit our Make A Gift page. We offer three options: a one-time gift, a Monthly Giving Program, and a Pledge Now, Give Later option. When you make a gift to Da Vinci Schools, we will send you a letter of appreciation that will serve as your receipt. If you are writing a check, please make sure to write the check out to “Da Vinci Schools.” All payments are due by June 1. We thank you!!

Can I pay my pledge in installments?
Yes. Download the donation/pledge form and use the space provided on the form to specify your desired payment schedule. You may also set up a payment schedule online. Please visit our Make A Gift page for more information.

Will I get a pledge reminder?
We will send a pledge reminder in the beginning of the month when your pledge is due.

How do I make a credit card donation online?
Visit our Make A Gift page for giving options. You may also call our Annual Fund team at (310) 331-8100 to make a secure donation using a credit card.

Do you accept gifts of securities such as stocks and mutual funds?

Yes, we do!  For more information, please contact Carla Levenson at clevenson@davincischools.org to arrange a transfer. We thank you!

How are donors acknowledged?
All donors will receive a letter of appreciation that will serve as your receipt. The names of all donors will be listed in various Da Vinci publications unless you notify us that you wish to remain anonymous. We will not publish donation amounts, only donors’ names.

Will my company match my gift?
Very possibly! Thousands of companies and corporate foundations match their employees’ gifts to eligible nonprofit organizations that meet the company’s guidelines. This can double or even triple your gift to Da Vinci Schools! Contact your HR or personnel office for your company’s specific matching gift policy. You may be asked to fill out a form or provide proof that a gift to Da Vinci Schools was made.

For more information, please visit our Matching Companies webpage or view a list of local companies that match here.

Note: spouses of employees, retired employees, and board members are often eligible for the match as well. We would be happy to assist you with any questions related to matching gifts. Please contact our Annual Fund team at (310) 331-8100 or via email at giving@davincischools.org.

May grandparents and friends make donations to the Annual Fund?
Absolutely! Grandparents can truly make a difference to the Annual Fund. Just let us know if you need additional Annual Fund packets and we would be happy to provide them to you. We also accept donations online. Visit our Make A Gift page for giving options.

Will there be other fundraisers this year?
The Annual Fund is Da Vinci Schools' top fundraising priority -- and the fundraiser we ask EVERY family to support. We will not ask you or your child to sell cookie dough, gift wrap, magazines or any other products. Gifts made to the Annual Fund touch every K-12 student and will go directly into classrooms and other vital programs.

May I choose where I want my gift to go?
The goal of Da Vinci Schools is to provide an exceptional educational experience for every K-12 student. All gifts $1-365 will support the entire K-12 community. Contribution amounts over $365 may be directed to your school of choice.

Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes! All gifts to Da Vinci Schools are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

What is Da Vinci Schools' tax ID number?
Da Vinci Schools’ tax ID number is 26-3405843.

Questions?
For more information, please contact our Annual Fund team at (310) 331-8100 or email giving@davincischools.org.


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