The Oak Hill School Annual Fund raises funds to support the students and the mission of our exceptional school.

Like other independent schools around the country, our everyday operating costs are not fully covered by tuition. By setting tuition below full cost, we strive to maintain affordability and accessibility for as many families as possible. Supplementing our budget through the Annual Fund also allows our community members the opportunity to support the school with tax-deductible gifts. We believe this funding model empowers us to build the type of inclusive and supportive community we all wish to have.

We ask that each Oak Hill family supports our annual funding efforts each year, by giving to the fall Annual Fund campaign and the Spring Auction.

Because we are a diverse community and financial circumstances of families differ, we simply ask that you make a contribution that is meaningful to your family.

Whatever the amount, know that your gift to the Annual Fund has an immediate and direct impact on our children—and is gratefully appreciated.

For more information about the Annual Fund, please call Beth Sprague at (541) 744-0954 x 109 or email her at bsprague@oakhillschool.net.

Annual Fund FAQ

Oak Hill School is committed to providing the best K-12 education, creating caring and responsible critical thinkers.

Put simply, your Annual Fund donation makes the promise of an Oak Hill School education possible.

Year after year, our students excel in academics, chess, debate, theater, art, music, and athletics; and they are accepted into high quality colleges and universities. These are quality performance indicators of the Oak Hill experience – yet the pressure of our operating budgets makes these achievements increasingly more challenging each year. By providing needed funds, gifts to our Annual Fund have an immediate, tangible impact on students, faculty and programs at every level of the Oak Hill experience.

  1. Pay by credit card online
    or call the Business Office
    at (541) 744-0954 ext. 102
  2. Mail your check
    to Oak Hill School
    86397 Eldon Schafer Drive
    Eugene, OR 97405
  3. Give a gift of appreciated securities
    by calling the Business Office at (541) 744-0954 ext. 109
  4. Give monthly through EFT (electronic funds transfer)
    Please call the Business Office at (541) 744-0954 ext. 109

The Annual Fund is Oak Hill School’s annual giving campaign that raises critical philanthropic dollars to support the operations of the School.

Virtually every independent school in the country relies on an annual fund campaign to fill this gap.

Our tuition accounts for approximately 85% of the true cost of educating a student at Oak Hill. Annual Fund dollars make up the difference.

We respect the privacy of our donors and are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all fundraising efforts.

•  We will not trade, share, loan, or sell our donor list.

•  We record important donor information such as name, address, phone number, email address, mailing preferences, and giving history for IRS purposes; this information is also used by our Office of Development. This information is protected under the highest standards and is not shared beyond the Business Office and the Office of Development without our explicit permission.

•  Please state your preferences for school mailings and inclusion in printed literature such as acknowledgement in the Annual Report and Annual Giving Society plaques.

At Oak Hill, rather than fundraising throughout the year, we maintain a tradition of completing the Annual Fund drive during a four-week period in the early fall.

This year, the campaign begins on Friday, October 10
and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.

We ask that all gifts to the Annual Fund be made within this time frame, but payments can be made in installments for the 2016-2017 school year until June 30th. Our goal is to encourage 100% participation as early as possible to ensure a successful year.

When families receive their enrollment contracts for the upcoming school year, they are asked to consider an Annual Fund contribution of at least $2,500/child. However, we do realize that some families and individuals have a larger or smaller budget for philanthropy.

Every gift is an investment
in your child’s education,
and every gift matters.

Annual Giving Circles:

Heritage ($25,000+)
Gold ($15,000 to $24,999)
Silver ($10,000 to $14,999)
Bronze ($5,000 to $9,999)
Oak Leaf ($1,000 to $4,999)
Friends ($1 to $999)

Gifts of all levels are recognized in the Oak Hill School Annual Report.

As a nonprofit, independent school, Oak Hill develops its own program and curriculum. This means that our school operates without financial support from the federal or state government agencies, and is self-governed by a Board of Trustees. Unlike public schools, which are funded by tax dollars, independent schools rely solely upon tuition revenue and philanthropic gifts to meet operating and capital expenses.

The Annual Fund bridges the gap
between tuition and what it actually
costs to educate each Oak Hill student.

Tuition only covers 85% of the actual cost of the Oak Hill experience for your child. The Annual Fund enables Oak Hill School to provide an exceptional learning experience for each student. We look to our alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends to help offset the cost associated with the high quality education that Oak Hill School provides.

We encourage every family to give to the best of their ability. We are proud to state that our participation rates over the last 3 years from our faculty, staff, and Trustees is 100%, and 97% from our current families.

Your investment in the Oak Hill School Annual Fund provides the operating budget with unrestricted money that is used in the current fiscal year to support the school’s highest priorities.

This includes, but is not limited to:

Enhancing academic and co-curricular programming.

Attracting and retaining the finest faculty and staff,
while maintaining low student/teacher ratios.

Sustaining the operation and maintenance of our campus.

The greatest benefit of these funds is that they enable the school’s Administration and Board of Trustees to react quickly to our students’ needs on a daily basis, with a degree of financial flexibility. The Annual Fund accounts for approximately 7% of the school’s operating budget each year, with additional funds coming from restricted donations, small fundraisers, fees and the Annual Auction Gala.