As is usual for most independent schools, Ventana’s expenses typically exceed our tuition income.  In order to bridge that gap, Ventana relies on philanthropy - the generous hearts of our families and community.  The Board of Trustees oversees the school’s budget and annually determines the gap amount between current tuition revenue and the budget. For 2016-17, this gap was $2500 per elementary child.  We asked last Fall that each family participate in the Annual Giving Campaign by considering their circumstances and giving to their capacity.  All gifts are important to the success of the campaign and the future of our school.  

It is critical that we achieve 100% participation every school year.  When other institutions consider Ventana for pilot programs or grants, the percentage of families participating in our annual fund serves as a proxy for satisfaction and support.  It signals that our parents value and believe in the teachers and the unique programming of Ventana School.  It teaches our children about going above and beyond what is just “required” when one truly believes in something. We understand that finances and capacity for giving are very different for each family. But it is important that we sustain a “culture of giving,” and that 100% of our families pledge an amount that is meaningful to them!  

Ventana’s incredible student-to-teacher ratio - one of the lowest in the area - means that the teachers really know your child and the best way to teach him or her.  It means that students have the opportunity to delve deeper into their emerging investigations, to create more complex products to share their learning, to develop the social-emotional skills so critical for happiness and success in their personal and academic lives, and to learn how to collaborate and negotiate with with both peers and adults to get their needs met. The ratio also means that a whopping 83% of our operating expenses go towards salaries and benefits for our teachers and staff.  Our tuition continues to be lower than that of the average independent school across the Peninsula.  To maintain the student-to-teacher ratio that is a vital element of our Ventana program, while hiring and retaining the very best teachers in the Bay Area, we need every family and "friend to Ventana" to participate in our Annual Autumn Giving Campaign.

Please consider making a donation at any time of the year. We are pleased to announce our Board of Trustees is "all in," and would love to add your family to the list of contributors at whatever level you feel comfortable. Check to see if your employer matches funds. It is possible that you can double or even triple your impact!  And, don’t forget, your donation is completely tax deductible.

Come together and grow with us...


Click here to read the Annual Giving Letter from 2016.

Our Ventana Values translate nicely to the following levels of giving. Which of these speaks to you, your family, and your love for our school?

o    Participant: $100 - $499
o    Developer: $500 - $999
o    Relationship Builder: $1,000 -  $2,499
o    Collaborator: $2,500 -  $4,999
o    Communicator: $5,000- $9,999
o    Steward: $10,000 – or more

Contact Us

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions  

Email us at with your inquiries.

Feel free to also reach out to any of the Annual Giving Campaign committee members: Evita Twerdahl, Jeremy Anderson, Catriona Cairns.  

Ventana School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to Ventana are fully tax deductible.