As a nonprofit preschool, Glenridge relies heavily on fundraising to keep tuition affordable and to help cover the costs of running our school. We take a community approach to fundraising, with all families required to pitch in and help meet our goals each year. Detailed fundraising requirements are distributed to families at the beginning of each school year.
Glenridge families fundraise throughout the year in a variety of ways—from participating in a scrip program to soliciting donations from families, friends, and alumni during our Annual Fund campaign each spring. But by far our biggest fundraiser is our annual fall Glenridge Auction.
The Glenridge Auction
The annual Glenridge Auction is our primary fundraiser — and widely considered one of the best school auctions in the city. Hosted at the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center, the event features an online auction, a silent auction, and a live auction, plus live music, delicious food, and lots of good cheer. For more than 30 years, this festive event has brought current members, alumni, and friends together as a community in support of our beloved school. And each year, we are blown away by the incredible generosity that businesses, local artists, and others show to Glenridge as our families go about the hard work of soliciting items to be auctioned at the event. Our first auction, back in 1986, brought in $9,000. Today we raise closer to $100,000 each year. The auction’s success is vital to our school’s continued ability to provide high-quality, low-cost preschool education to the children of the Bay Area.
What do we do with the funds raised?
Through the years, fundraising efforts have been creative and varied, and fundraising continues today to provide funds to supplement the low-cost tuition at Glenridge.
We use the funds raised in the following ways:
Compensation and Benefits
Our greatest expenses each year are health insurance, compensation, and other personnel benefits for our wonderful staff.
This includes such expenses as rent, insurance, utilities, maintenance, staff development, children's supplies and administrative expenses associated with the school.
Scholarships are available to subsidize tuition costs for eligible families, which are funded through the schools annual budget
Recent Annual Fund Investments
Each year, we use the funds raised through the Auction Fund-A-Need and Annual Fund to significantly invest in the school and it's infrastructure. In the previous few years, we've invested in the following improvements.
Refurbishment of the internal stairways and lower floors
Upstairs floor replacement