• Home.
  • About Us.
  • Admissions.
  • Academics.
  • Development.
  • Campus Life.
  • KeysNet.
Main photo

Annual Fund

While the true value of a Keys School education is hard to quantify, the cost of educating each student at Keys exceeds tuition every year. We supplement funding for our educational and extracurricular programs with funds generated from annual fundraising activities, special gifts to the school and, from time to time, capital campaigns. The generosity of Keys School’s supporters enables us not only to maintain but also to enhance the quality of our students’ educational experience each and every day.

Annual Fund Campaign

The Annual Fund Campaign is the cornerstone of our annual fundraising efforts. The second largest source of the school’s revenue after tuition, these funds directly support our operating budget. With 80% of the annual budget directed to faculty and staff compensation, benefits and Academic Program, contributions to the Annual Fund campaign increase our ability to attract and retain the most qualified and motivated teachers. In addition, this campaign funds valuable components of a Keys School education such as the latest technology, outdoor education trips, after-school sports and equipment, and Keys financial aid program. Keys prides itself on being a well-rounded and diversified school, which is possible due to strong community support at the Annual Fund. During the 2014-15 school year, Keys is distributing over $700,000 in financial aid.

Each year we ask families, faculty and staff, and friends of the school to make a gift to the best of their ability. Our goal is 100% participation and we ask for families who are able to give at the $3,000 gap level which funds the gap between the cost of tuition and the actual cost to educate each Keys student. Every gift – from $25 to $25,000 - is truly valued. At or near 100% Parent, Trustee and Faculty/Staff participation has been reached annually since 2009 - a distinction quite unique among schools. The generous spirit which infuses our community highlights our inclusive culture of philanthropy.

Keys Giving Levels

  • Founder's Circle $25,000+
  • Leadership Circle $10,000 - $24,999
  • Benefactor Circle $5,000 - $9,999
  • Patron $3,000 - $4,999
  • Partners $1,000 - $2,999
  • Friends up to $999

Donor Recognition Events

Keys School is grateful for the support of its parents, alumni, grandparents, alumni parents faculty/staff, and friends. Because philanthropy is an important part of our school's livelihood, we host the following events to say "thank you" to our leadership donors:

Annual Donor Recognition Event

Held in September, all donors who have made a single gift of $3,000 or more during the previous school year will be invited to this event.

Annual Leadership Circle Event

All donors who have made a single gift of $10,000 or more during the previous school year and/or a lifetime giving total of $100,000 or more will be invited to this event.

Keys School - Lower Campus · 2890 Middlefield Road · Palo Alto, CA · 94306
Keys School - Middle Campus · 3981 El Camino Real · Palo Alto, CA · 94306

Phone: 650-328-1711