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Launching the 2020–2021 Annual Fund

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A note from PBS parents Tracy Satvat and Joe Kauffman, Annual Fund Co-chairs

October 28, 2020

Dear friends and families of PBS:

What a remarkable year! It seems hard to believe that the summer break ended only about 8 weeks ago – and that it’s already nearly November. And yet, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the truly amazing faculty and staff, the school we love has faced the challenges of this pandemic head-on and developed a plan for keeping our kids learning and growing while also keeping the PBS community safe and healthy. In that spirit, we want to begin with gratitude, by saying “thank you” to all those whose efforts have led to a truly remarkable outcome: a blended learning model that has maxed out the amount of time students can be on campus while also ensuring that those remaining in distance learning have the same access to top-notch teachers and outstanding learning resources.

In this unique year, we are coming to you with a one-of-a-kind request for support. To help explain, we put our heads together with the Advancement Office to produce this video:

To sum up, we are hoping that you can join us in generously supporting PBS in two ways:

By supporting the Annual Fund
  • Help us achieve 100% participation from families. We hope that the Annual Fund can be a gift from the entire PBS community to our students. We ask that each current family consider a donation that is meaningful to them and that places PBS among their top philanthropic priorities for the year.
  • Help us raise $1 million. This amount represents about 10% of the school’s operating budget. In previous years, this margin has allowed us to add significant faculty resources – like our literacy and math enrichment coordinators and additional classroom teachers – and has enabled significant investments in professional development and other vital resourcing. The Annual Fund helps close the gap between revenue and operating expenses.
  • Help us secure gift commitments by December 18, 2020. The money we raise this year is spent this year, so by making your gift or pledge before the end of December, you can help us know what we can count on in the second half of the school year.

Make your Annual Fund pledge or gift online today!

By supporting the COVID Fund

This year, in addition to your Annual Fund support, we need your help to meet the unexpected in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school has invested $1.45 million (as of Nov. 16, in addition to already budgeted expenditures) to meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff during this time.

The additional COVID-specific investment in our campus, our team, and our community has helped us to…

  • …support our faculty and staff, our school’s most important resource
  • …increase financial aid support
  • …provide robust academic resourcing for both on-campus and distance learners, including additional teachers
  • …double the size of our 1:1 iPad program and invest in the software needed to connect securely with remote learners, and
  • …provide the staffing, equipment, and training needed to keep the campus clean and safe and to meet new state mandates

Make a supplemental pledge or gift to the PBS COVID Fund today!

Getting your questions answered… 

As you consider your gift, there are a number of resources at your disposal to help you get answers you haven’t been able to find here:

  • Each grade level has assigned Annual Fund Class Captains, parent ambassadors who have signed up to help their classes achieve 100% participation. They are eager to share why the Annual Fund is important to them and to get you answers to your questions.
  • You can also reach out to either of us directly if you have questions. (Our contact information is at the same link as the Class Captains.)
  • The professional staff of the school’s Advancement Team – led by Olana Khan, Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Strategy, and Michael Lavigne Jr., Director of Advancement – are also happy to set up time to chat.

In closing…

We hope that you are as committed as we are to the longevity and growth of PBS. Your enthusiastic support of the Annual Fund is a vital component of our students’ success, and your partnership is the most direct way to ensure that PBS continues to thrive and meet its mission:

The Phillips Brooks School community inspires students to love learning, to develop a spiritual nature, to communicate effectively, to be kind to others, and to respect the uniqueness of each person.

We look forward to sharing more with you over the coming weeks about the importance of the Annual Fund and the particular needs that will be met by the COVID Fund. Thank you for your generosity and enthusiasm for our school!


Tracy Satvat P’23 P’27 (she/her ℹ️)
Annual Fund Co-chair

Joe Kauffman P’20 P’22 P’27 (he/him ℹ️)
Annual Fund Co-chair

Related content:

An update from the PBS Board Finance Committee
from Marshall Haines, Board Vice Chair for Finance, sent Oct. 23

Supporting PBS through the Annual Fund
from Nikhil Behl, Board Chair, sent Oct. 26

The Impact of Your Support

By helping us meet our Annual Fund goals, you allow PBS…

…to INSPIRE every child at PBS by ensuring access to exceptional teachers and top-notch learning resources

…to INNOVATE in teaching through investment in ongoing professional and curricular development, and 

…to VALUE our faculty with attractive compensation packages – a significant challenge given the Bay Area’s high cost of living.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ways to Give

Pledge or Give Online

Fill out our secure online form to make an Annual Fund gift or pledge of any size.

Mail a Check

Mail your check to:

  • Phillips Brooks School
    Attn: Advancement Office
    2245 Avy Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

And don't forget to include your contact information, so we can thank you properly!

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

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Matching Gifts

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Wire Transfer

Contact the Advancement Office at for instructions.

Phone in a Gift

Contact the Advancement Office at 650-854-4545 x139.