What is Piedmont Education Foundation?
Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization led by a 22-member volunteer board of directors and employing a professional staff. Our mission is to provide sustained financial support to Piedmont schools through fundraising and community engagement.
Why do Piedmont schools need more money?
Piedmont schools are among the top public schools in California, but inadequate state funding means we need to raise $4 million to continue to deliver this educational experience. We do this through the Giving Campaign, the PEF endowment, and other annual fundraisers including the Harvest Festival and Spring Fling.
What is the Giving Campaign?
The Giving Campaign is the largest annual fundraiser for our schools. Our goal is to raise over $3 million from our community each year through generous contributions. We ask every family to participate.
What does the Giving Campaign do?
The Giving Campaign funds help maintain:
Low student-to-teacher ratio
AP courses, honors courses, a range of electives, and integrated arts & music
Access to technology
Counselors & Aides for academic and emotional support
Libraries & Librarians
What would happen if the Giving Campaign funds are not raised?
A lot is at stake. If funds are not raised, next year up to 36 teacher positions could be eliminated, class sizes could increase, and programs could be slashed.
I’m frustrated by the lack of in-person school due to COVID-19. Should I withhold my Giving Campaign contribution this year?
No. The upcoming Giving Campaign maintains Piedmont school programming for the 21-22 school year. To give our children access to a strong education, we must meet this funding need.
I do not have children in the schools. How does the Giving Campaign benefit me?
Even if you do not have school-age children, supporting the Giving Campaign is a wise investment. The high quality of Piedmont schools is a cornerstone of our community and helps to protect and improve local property values.
We just passed two property tax measures. Can’t those funds meet the budget need?
We are deeply grateful to a community that cares so much about our schools. The passage of measures G & H has helped immensely, but it still does not close the gap. Measure G was a continuation of the previous parcel tax measure and its passage did not increase funding to our schools. Measure H funds are restricted for the attraction and retention of teachers and staff. With these funds, the district was able to grant cost of living increases for next year, despite flat state funding.
How much should I contribute to the Giving Campaign?
To continue our success, it is critical that everyone does their part to support our schools and students. Please consider what it costs to educate your children in Piedmont and make a meaningful donation.
The Giving Campaign allows you to pledge now and then decide when and how you make your gift. There are flexible options including company matching, monthly installment plans over 10-months, stock transfer, DAFs, legacy gifts, or payment at a specific point in the future.
What if I can’t afford that?
Our goal is 100% participation. Donations of any amount are welcome.
How do I contribute to the Giving Campaign?
Please visit www.piedmontedfoundation.org/donate, call 510-653-1816, or send a check to Piedmont Education Foundation, 401 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.
For more information or to volunteer please visit our Giving Campaign page.