Dear Oakridge Families,
When Anita and I were approached about chairing Oakridge's 2019-2020 Annual Fund, we enthusiastically responded: "Yes!" Having three of our four children as Oakridge alums (Marin’96, James’01, Michael’18) and with our son Mason’20 entering his Senior Year, we can attest to the excellent education and opportunities that Oakridge provides. Each of our children were energized to learn and take advantage of their college prep education. Since the school's inception, Oakridge continues its quest to provide exceptional experiences in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment.
Anita and Michael Heiskell
2019-2020 Annual Fund Chairs
What is the Annual Fund? The Annual Fund is Oakridge's top philanthropic priority and it supports the daily operating budget. It is essential to our school and we could not operate without it. All independent schools are faced with the same need: to bridge the gap between tuition dollars and the actual cost of a private education. The Oakridge Board of Regents deliberates thoughtfully on setting tuition, considers what is affordable while staying competitive and offers the best value. The Annual Fund generates the funds that make up the difference. Tuition, Annual Fund, and the Super Supper & Auction, make up the revenue stream for our school. However, unlike other fundraisers, 100% of your tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund goes directly back to the school.
Who benefits from Annual Fund? Your children benefit directly from your gifts. The Oakridge School is able to recruit, train and retain talented faculty and staff, as well as, explore new ways to educate our students, creatively and forwardly, in the classroom, on the field, and on the stage. The students are provided cutting-edge technology and new equipment in a top-notch, safe environment and facility.
What does Annual Fund pay for? The Oakridge School invests its greatest dollars in the people who make up our talented, dedicated and caring faculty and staff who touch your children's lives every day. The Annual Fund pays for all the visible and invisible, tangible and intangible things that make our school unique.
Why should you participate? When you participate, you are automatically part of something big and it feels good. Our school's success depends on EVERYONE'S participation and EVERY GIFT MATTERS, no matter the size. Diversity is a big part of what makes Oakridge stand out above the rest, and the diversity of means is no exception. Your gift, large or small, makes a difference.
How and when do I make a gift? NOW or LATER! It is easier than ever for you to participate.
• write a check
• send in cash
• use a credit card online
• transfer stock options
• schedule a recurring monthly payment online
• make a pledge online
Please remember that matching gift programs are available at many of your places of employment. Check with your human resources department to see how you can double your gift!
Our goal this year is twofold: to raise $430,000 and to achieve 100% school wide participation!
Now that you have all the facts, let's go "All In for Oakridge!" We invite you to join in The Oakridge School's 2019-20 Annual Fund campaign and thank you in advance for considering your gift thoughtfully. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Teri Foster at 817.781.2125, Anita at 817.219.5557 or Michael at 817.219.9570.
Thank you all in advance,
Anita and Michael Heiskell
Previous Annual Fund Chairs
|2018-2019||Monique and Keith Bird|
|2017-2018||Larraine and Ralph LaRovere|
|2016-2017||Susan and Mark Jones|
|2015-2016||Susan and Mark Jones|
|2014-2015||Pam and Charles Pierson|
|2013-2014||Cathy and Stephen Handy|
|2012-2013||Lara and Jim Haddock|
|2011-2012||Anita and Shalen Haribhai|
|2010-2011||Fiona and Don Allen|
|2009-2010||Carole and Brad Kutchins|
|2008-2009||Karen and Brad Cox|
|2007-2008||Cheryl and Mike McWithey|
|2006-2007||Amanda and Bob Loeb|
|2005-2006||Julie and Steve Howell|
|2004-2005||Lisa and Scott Morse|
|2003-2004||Pam and Steve Wall|
|2002-2003||Celeste and Bruce Ashworth|
|2001-2002||Cindy and David Lee|
|2000-2001||Becky and Chris Carroll|
|1999-2000||Linda and KC Wright|
|1998-1999||Denise and Jenks Garrett|
|1997-1998||Susan and John Jose|