FAQ

Why is the Annual Fund so important to Peninsula Heritage School?

Educating a child needs more than a superb administration, faculty, and curriculum – it requires generous family involvement.  Parents, grandparents, and others who care about each student’s education are encouraged to actively participate in the daily life of Peninsula Heritage School and provide financial support beyond tuition.

Will my donation to the Annual Giving Fund be tax deductible?

 Yes, Peninsula Heritage School is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code, so your donations to our PHS Annual Giving Fund are tax deductible for the donor to the extent allowed by law.

Why does the School ask for a contribution in addition to tuition?

Peninsula Heritage School tries to make tuition competitive but also affordable. Since tuition does not cover the cost of a PHS education, the School relies on contributions from a variety of donors. The size of these gifts may vary, but we ask that you participate to the extent that you are financially able. Of equal importance is our goal of having 100% parent participation, which matches our faculty and staff participation level each year.

When will I be asked for an Annual Fund contribution?

The arrival of the Annual Report is the kick-off each year of our Annual Fund. We ask that you make your contribution within the weeks that follow. Early in the calendar year, committed parent volunteers at each grade level make follow-up calls to answer your questions and to encourage your participation. We are very grateful for these parent volunteers who are critical to the success of this vital fund-raising effort.

How much does Peninsula Heritage School expect me to give?

The School asks each family to give according to their means, and we hope that every family will find a way to assist. All families, regardless of any financial aid they may receive, will be asked to donate to the Annual Fund. Each contribution makes a difference to the life and continuing mission of the School.

Why is the percentage of parent participation so important?

A 100% parent participation indicates a loyal parent body that actively supports the School and shows the surrounding community that PHS parents are willing to invest in their child’s education. It indicates the commitment of our parents to the School as we go out and seek to obtain grants from foundations and corporations. In addition, it is a strong component of our California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) evaluation and accreditation process. Yes, each donation is extremely important!