Since 1980 Orinda Academy has committed to providing a safe, inclusive community that encourages bright young people to be themselves while building character, intellect, and creativity. It is through the generous support of our community of parents, guardians, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, trustees, and friends that OA continues to keep this mission alive.
We are in the midst of a period of exciting change—the transformation is visible the second you enter the school, and every day in the classroom. From master teachers to tech improvements to a makeover of our interior space, we are grateful for all the supporters who have made—and continue to make—these important and lasting changes possible through their gifts. As with most independent schools and private colleges, tuition does not cover the entire cost of an education at Orinda Academy. This is why we are asking for a tax deductible gift according to your ability to give.
Click the button below to schedule a meeting with Sue Porter, our Head of School, to discuss how you can support Orinda Academy.
OA Vision 2020
The Orinda Academy Annual Fund is at the center of our fundraising program. Your gift helps to provide scholarships, support our robust academic programs, and fund future planned campus upgrades. Last year your generous contributions to the Annual Fund enabled us to:
- redesign and upgrade the community room
- purchase a new projector for the community room and upgrade classroom projectors
- purchase new furniture and flooring for the student lounge
- upgrade classroom furniture throughout the school
- recruit several highly qualified master teachers
This year we turn our focus toward upgrading our science labs and additional campus improvements. The Annual Fund is our top fundraising priority and we ask families to consider giving in the fall so that we may plan accordingly and put your gifts to good use.
Please email Macy Khangura at macy@orindaAcademy.org to request a meeting with Sue Porter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone in our community participates. We invite our Board of Trustees, staff, families, grandparents, alumni, and other friends of OA to get involved.
What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is a source of unrestricted funding that OA relies on yearly to cover the full cost of operating the school. In addition, the Annual Fund provides income for campus improvements, special projects, and professional development.
Why does OA need to raise money?
Orinda Academy is a non-profit independent school. We do not receive financial support from local or federal governments. Like other independent schools, OA relies on both tuition and Annual Fund gifts to cover the full cost of educating our students; however, OA does not have an endowment unlike those schools. Gifts are essential; they help us to provide the best education possible for our students, allow us to continue to upgrade our campus and programs, and to dream big.
Why is my participation important?
We strive for 100% participation from current families, faculty, and staff. Your participation builds community, ensures the viability of the school, and inspires others to give generously too. Current families also stand to gain the most from their participation because their gifts directly benefit their student’s education.
How much should I give?
No gift is too small and no gift is too large. Ask yourself, what is the value of what my family and I have received from Orinda Academy and give according to your ability. In addition, there are many opportunities to support OA by serving with the Orinda Academy Parents Group.
Our total goal for this year is $100,000. Last year our average gift was $736.62. We encourage those who can to stretch further to help us realize our goals. We would like to highlight how very grateful we are for all gifts, including those that fall below the median.
What does the Annual Fund provide for Orinda Academy?
Last year Annual Fund gifts paid for a new projector in the Community Room, brand new furniture for the Community Room and Student Lounge, an upgraded projector for a classroom, and new furniture for all of the classrooms. This year our goal is to update the science labs and further improve our campus.
Are gifts the Annual Fund considered tax-deductible contributions?
Yes! Orinda Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible. Your gift will be acknowledged in a letter that will act as your receipt and should be kept for tax purposes.
I’m an alum, why should I give?
We often hear from our alumni that the education and support they received at OA were fundamental for their development and continue to play an important role in their lives in college and beyond. Giving to the Annual Fund is an excellent way of ensuring that future students are given the same opportunities you were afforded. Think of it as paying it forward.
Can I make a pledge or set up a recurring gift?
Yes! We would be happy to help you set up a recurring gift. Please contact Macy Khangura, our Development Associate at email@example.com or call (925) 254-7553 ext. 1000
Can I direct my gift to a specific program area?
If there is a specific project you would like to support or an initiative you would like to promote, please contact Sue directly.
Ways to Give
Please send checks payable to Orinda Academy to:
19 Altarinda Road
Orinda, CA 94563
By Credit Card
You can make a credit card gift through this secure link to PayPal.
Give Via a Donor Advised Fund
Contact Macy via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
A gift of stocks or bonds benefits both OA and the donor! First, by contributing appreciated securities held for more than one year, you avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation. Second, you qualify for a charitable deduction on your income tax based on the value of the securities on the date you make a gift.
Please contact Macy Khangura at email@example.com if you are interested in this option.
Orinda Academy Parent Group
Our amazing network of parents and guardians are truly the backbone of our school community. The OAPG’s constant support and engagement with the school allows students, faculty, and families to weave deep and lasting friendships that nurture our close-knit community.
Here are a few ways you can help:
- chaperone or drive students on a field trip
- support the All School Retreat and other student activities
- host a parent social
- assist at the fall or spring arts show
- contribute to a Faculty and Staff Appreciation event
- support prom
- organize the Annual Spring Fundraising Event
- purchase spirit wear
- shop on Amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com each time you make purchases. The first time you visit, select North Bay Secondary School Inc as the charitable organization that will receive donations from your eligible purchases.
Orinda Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID 94-2692929
Our bright and creative students thrive in our nurturing, small class environment. Through a combination of academic support, executive functioning skill development, and social/emotional balance, every student reaches their full potential.
Orinda Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identification, sexual identification, or family composition in the administration of its policies, procedures, or admissions process.