About : Fundraising



History of Fundraising at CHS

‪For Cow Hollow School the rich story of giving goes back to the very beginning of its history. In 2005, in a one-room school at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in the Cow Hollow neighborhood, we launched our very first fundraising campaign in the hopes of fully articulating our collective dream to make more accessible the magic of our little school. To do so we would need a new space, so the Board at this time, along with the generosity of parents, created a capital campaign. This call to action raised nearly $400,000 in six months, affording the move to the Presidio, allowing us to double in enrollment and renovate our beautiful new school between the woods and the water.

‪In addition to the continuation of parent participation, inquiry-based education, low child to teacher ratios, and master teachers, we have developed additional programming to support dual working families, draw a more diverse parent population, present at national and local workshops, offer parent consultations and host yearly visits for more than 20 educational organizations from around the world to reflect upon “school as it should be.”

Development Framework and Fundraising

‪Over time, our commitment to teaching in this magical forest location has not changed, but the costs of making the magic real has increased. The Board and Administration considered many factors to determine the best development framework, including: significant rent/wages/insurance increases, sensitivity to CHS culture, increasing parent engagement in development initiatives, historical fundraising analysis, fundraising alignment within our school’s long-range plan, and our responsibility to continue to lower the percentage of fundraising need.

‪To stay in the Presidio, maintain low teacher-to-child ratios, have conservative tuition increases, sustain a robust Tuition Assistance Program, hire and retain master level teachers, and contribute to capital reserves to maintain and protect the future of Cow Hollow School requires that CHS rely on other income outside of your tuition: The CHS Annual Fund. The combination of tuition and the Annual Fund ensures a balanced annual operating budget, Tuition Assistance Program, and capital reserves.

CHS Annual Fund

The CHS Annual Fund will kick off at the beginning of the school year with a “100-day,” 100% participation fundraising campaign and end in a ‘BIG 100’ community celebration in February.  Our entire school community can enjoy a Cow Hollow School Party celebrating our school.

Our Tuition Assistance Program fundraising is included in the annual ask amount and is not only an aspect of the financial health of CHS, but our community health, as well. We are a magical school because we are inclusive and because we honor and seek a diversity of families, experiences and perspectives. The CHS Tuition Assistance Program makes Cow Hollow School accessible to more families and thus contributes to the richness of our experiences here.

‪With one “100-day” fundraising campaign at the beginning of each school year and ending by the end of the first semester, we will be able meet the full financial need for the current school year.