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Fundraising at Thornhill
Thanks to the team work of an excellent Thornhill staff, our incredible students, and our dedicated and generous parents, Thornhill is one of the top-performing schools in Oakland! To continue providing our children with an excellent, well-rounded education, we rely on your support.
The state of California ranks as one of the lowest in the nation in per student spending. Every year, the Thornhill PFC spends roughly $950 per student to fill those gaps in funding. Annually, our Thornhill PFC (Parent Faculty Club) raises $361,000 to support our teachers and students.
The Back To School Donation Drive (BSDD) is our first fundraiser of the year. Our goal is to raise half of the 2017-2018 PFC budget. The BSDD is particularly important, as the PFC funded staff salaries must be paid to OUSD at the beginning of the school year.
How is my donation used?
Your donation goes straight to the classroom! NINE of our Thornhill staff members are funded by our PFC. PFC funds student and teacher enrichment that is critical in maintaining the quality of education we want for our children.
Our goal is 100% participation across Thornhill families. We recognize that $950 per student isn’t pocket change. We encourage you to contribute at ANY level. Every dollar gets us closer to our budget goal.
Together, our community of staff, students, and families makes Thornhill an incredible school. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adrienne Selke & Rianna Stoll
Do I need to donate before September 30?
The reason we ask for donations early in the year is because they are used to pay for several teacher salaries, including our technology teacher, PE teacher, and librarian. We also pay for various enrichment activities and need to know our budget so we can plan for the school year. But if donating before September 30 does not work with your family’s budget you still have options. Your donations will be accepted any time and will still help support our school. We can also arrange installment plans if that works better for your budget. Contact us at email@example.com with questions.
How can I donate?
We accepts checks or PayPal and suggest a $950 donation per student. A donation at any amount is appreciated!
Is there a preferred method of payment?
Yes! If you have the option, we prefer checks since we pay a 2.2% fee to PayPal for credit card processing. Those fees ad up and we are happy to pay them to make it more convenient for parents. But if you have the option, checks are always preferred.
Do you do employer matching?
Absolutely yes! Last year, we raised over $20,000 in Employer matching alone!! Please check with your employer to see if they will match your donation to Thornhill. It only takes a few minutes and it DOUBLES your impact! Our tax ID information is on the donation form (PDF).
The PayPal link does not seem to work on the website.
If you would like to use PayPal and have issues with the link on the Thornhill website just go directly to PayPal.com and click on the send money link. You can send money directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make a note when you send the money and let us know it’s for the Back to School Donation Drive, your child(ren)'s name, and then drop your form in the office.