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Ways To Give

SCEF Funds Core Programs

Our goal for 2022–2023 is $3.7 million which allows San Carlos public schools to preserve core programs. As always, we appreciate every gift. It takes all of us working together to bridge the gap between state funding and a quality education for all students. 

New this year! Your donation to SCEF now includes funding for your school PTA. You no longer need to make a separate donation to your PTA.

Annual Fund

Our ask is $1,850 per student, but any gift is appreciated. Your gift to the Annual Fund is fully tax deductible. Tax ID: 94-2842712


Join the Leadership Circle by donating $4,000 or more. 

Learn more about our giving levels

Give Every Month (GEM)

When you Give Every Month, your support of SCEF is spread across the entire year. Please start your ongoing, automated recurring gift in support of San Carlos public education today. 

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Prefer to mail a check? Download the 22-23 SCEF Remit form.

Employer Match

Many employers will match your charitable donation to SCEF. See the Employer Matching Gifts page for participating companies to learn more.

Stocks & Donor-Advised Funds

A gift of appreciated stock you’ve held for more than a year is better than giving cash. For more information and the form to let SCEF know of your planned stock/securities gift, please see the Stock Donations page. 

Prefer to donate via Donor-Advised Fund from your Fidelity, BNY Mellon or Schwab Charitable accounts? CLICK HERE to start your DAF gift.

Events & Auction

Buy tickets to the Evening at TOWN, Revel @ Devil’s, and Salute to Educators Virtual Auction. 

Do you want to donate an auction item to a SCEF event? Please use this form

Business Sponsorship

As a business partner, you not only support San Carlos Schools, you also get exposure to 2,200 families in San Carlos. We make sure that your business is recognized through a multi-channel mix of PR, social media, school campus signage, and event marketing.


Donate your time and expertise, join a committee, utilize your contacts to secure business sponsorships, or help produce an event. To sign up and learn more, see our Volunteers page. 


A strong endowment protects our annual grant to the district from business cuts and economic cycles of booms and busts. Through stewardship of donations and prudent financial management, we can ensure continuity and stability through a self-perpetuating fund. Learn More

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Donor Spotlight

Grandparents Tom and Catherine Tinsley were inspired by the San Carlos community's commitment to public schools during a very challenging year.  We are grateful for their generous support.

Catherine and Tom Tinsley

We did not know how the community would respond when we hosted our first virtual gala in 2021.  Because of the pandemic, we could not host our usual live auction.  Instead, we invited the community to join us online for an interactive virtual event. It was a success raising over $500,000 for our public schools.  


Following the virtual gala, Tom and Catherine Tinsley contacted the Foundation to discuss their desire to make a donation to support their grandchildren in San Carlos public schools.  The Tinsley’s were impressed by inaugural Read-A-Thon and the outpouring of support for schools demonstrated during the virtual gala.  They made a generous donation and challenged other extended family members to support SCEF to ensure a quality education for all.  We are gratefully for their continued support during 2021-222 school year and encourage other grandparents to support their grandchildren’s TK-8 educational experience.


“We are proud to be able to contribute to the excellence that SCEF adds to our grandchildren’s school experiences. At last year’s online gala auction, we were moved to learn that the SCSD’s music program, counseling, and whole child education programs would not be possible without SCEF.  During the first Read-a-Thon last winter, we laughed when we saw how our granddaughters were motivated to ready by raising cent for each page read, but the joke was on us as they each ended up reading hundreds of pages!  We hope that other grandparents will join us this year by sponsoring their grandchildren during the Read-A-Thon.” Catherine and Tom Tinsley

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