Support Aurora

Why Give?

We are a small school with big dreams

Since 1988, Aurora’s vision has included cultivating heart smart and head smart leaders. As a non-profit organization, financial support is essential to delivering the Aurora mission. Your contributions have tremendous impact on Aurora today and for years to come. We are grateful for both financial support and gifts of time.

When you give to Aurora, you support our teachers and specialists who spark creativity in our students and you open up professional development opportunities that benefit our entire community. You provide opportunities for students who otherwise might not have the means to attend Aurora and you ensure the longevity of the school.

Aurora is a small school with big dreams. For many, simply attending a student’s publishing party, our Tuesday morning assembly, listening to our musicians or watching a school production; is all the reasons they need to support Aurora. Your participation—at whatever level is personally meaningful—is what’s important.

Donor Profiles

There are many ways to give

The Fund for Aurora

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100% participation of the Aurora Community to the Fund for Aurora strengthens our commitment to the education of our heart-smart and head-smart learners. The Fund for Aurora is our school’s main fundraising campaign. The Fund supports professional development, upgrades to our facilities and socio economic diversity. Please consider making a personally meaningful tax-deductible contribution today, or to make a pledge, contact our Development Director.

Matching Gifts

Double the impact of your donation with a Matching Gift! Many companies will match your gift to Aurora or donate to our school when you volunteer your time. A single gift matched can provide thousands of dollars for Aurora. Setting up a matching gift is easy!

2. Check if your employer matches charitable gifts, or ask your company’s HR department if they have a program that will match your Fund for Aurora donation.
3. If your employer matches, you will get credited with the total amount of the donation!

The Bob Whitlow Fund

The Bob Whitlow Professional Development & School Culture Fund was established in 2012 to continue the significant legacy of our beloved former Head of Aurora School, Bob Whitlow. This fund in Bob’s memory will help to support the ongoing professional development of Aurora’s faculty and staff and will ensure continued economic diversity at Aurora School.

How You Can Help
Alumni new and old can help ensure the future of Aurora by donating in Bob’s memory. Please click the Donate Now button to donate online. Checks can be mailed to us at Aurora School, 40 Dulwich Road, Oakland CA. Thank you!

Online Auction

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The money raised at the auction goes to support technology, classroom supplies, and art, woodshop, music, yoga, and PE supplies. This year’s Online Auction runs from March 18, 2019. Having our auction online allows us to invite not only parents and staff, but alumni, family, friends and random people from the Internet as well!

Merchant Rebate Programs

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Shop via Aurora’s unique link, browse any page, add items to your shopping cart, and finalize your sale within 24 hours of clicking on the link (if you delay more than 24 hours before finalizing your sale, Aurora will not receive credit).

Please share with friends and family and get everyone in on this easy way to help Aurora. Shop via and up to 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Aurora School as part of Amazon’s affiliate program.

Community Merchants
When you mention Aurora School at checkout while shopping at Sports Basement, they’ll give you 10% off your purchase PLUS they’ll send us 10% of whatever you spend.

Contact our parent volunteer Merchant Rebate Chair.

Common questions

Fund for Aurora – FAQ

How can I contribute?

MAIL: send a check to us at 40 Dulwich Road Oakland, CA 94618, please make a note in the memo that you are contributing to the Fund for Aurora

ONLINE: click the Donate Now button below.

PLEDGE: make a pledge now and work out a payment plan by sending an email to our Development Director.

EMPLOYEE MATCH: double the impact of your gift. Many area employers are eager to help by matching your gift to education. Just ask your human resources office for a matching gift form.

Are my gifts to Aurora tax deductible?
YES! Aurora is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. As a result, all gifts to the school are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Your tax advisor can help you learn more about your individual situation. Aurora School’s Federal Tax ID Number is 94-3080476.

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Why are parents asked to make a donation in addition to paying tuition?

Aurora strives to keep tuition as affordable as possible. Like other independent schools, we rely on a combination of tuition, tax-deductible Fund gifts, and our other fundraising efforts to assist with annual operating costs.

Parents and guardians are the most important donor group as they have the most significant opportunity to contribute to their child’s education, developmental progress, and the vitality of Aurora. The strength of an annual fund can be a defining characteristic of any learning community and each gift, large or small, makes a difference in the lives of our students, families, faculty, and staff.

Doesn’t tuition cover all costs at Aurora?

Unfortunately, no. Tuition covers most operating costs, but the Fund helps close the gap between tuition and other expenses. In order to provide a consistent and full academic program, facility improvements, and professional workshops and training for our faculty, we rely on current parents, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends to all help support Aurora.

What am I expected to contribute?

Every gift is important and appreciated, regardless of size. We encourage each family to determine the amount that works best for them. Our goal for the Fund is 100% parent participation. Your gift supports Aurora’s mission to nurture each child’s love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence, and social engagement.

Does Aurora accept matching gifts from companies?

Yes! We are the grateful recipients of corporate matching gifts every year. Please contact your employer’s Human Resources Department to find out if they offer a matching gift program. This could double your gift amount to Aurora!

What does the Fund provide for Aurora?
  • Technology
  • Classroom Furniture
  • Professional Development
  • Parent Education
  • Art Supplies

  • Musical Instruments
  • STEM Supplies and Curriculum
  • Woodshop Supplies
  • Diversity Mission
  • Emergency Safety Supplies