Frequently Asked Questions
As is typical of independent schools, Nueva relies mostly on gifts from individuals within its constituency: parents of current students, parents of alumni, alumni, grandparents of current students, friends, faculty, and staff. Occasionally, the school also requests grants from charitable foundations and corporations, if you are aware of any foundations or corporations that might donate to Nueva, please notify the Advancement Office. However, as an independent school, Nueva is often not eligible for most forms of foundation and corporate support (except for corporate matching gift programs). Other fundraising activities may seek funds for curricular programs, plays, music performances, or athletic teams. In addition, Nueva has a golf tournament each fall (5th annual Nueva Cup was on October 5!), hosts a book fair, and offers a variety of merchant programs such as eScrip. It is a good idea to consider the range of fundraising activities you may be asked to support in planning your overall annual philanthropic commitment to Nueva. Please note: Gifts in support of the Benefit Auction, Nueva Cup Golf Tournament, and other classroom and co-curricular activities are greatly appreciated by the school, but such gifts do not count toward participation in the Nueva Fund. Thank you for considering making a gift to Nueva. All gifts are appreciated and truly make a difference. Feel free to contact the
with any questions 650-350-4518.
Nueva is a leading independent school for high-ability learners. According to Dr. Linda Silverman, director of the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, and its subsidiary, the Gifted Development Center, “The Nueva School enjoys the reputation of being the best school for the gifted in the country.” In order to develop and deliver this nationally-recognized education to your children, Nueva, like most independent schools, depends on the charitable support of parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, and friends. Tuition and other sources of operating funds do not entirely fund Nueva’s operations (see below). According to National Association of Independent Schools statistics, tuition and other operating funds cover an average of eighty percent of day schools’ operations. The remainder is supplied through the personal philanthropy of parent communities and other constituencies such as parents of alumni, alumni, grandparents of current students, friends, faculty, and staff.
Nueva has a beautiful campus, first-rate facilities, and well-developed academic and co-curricular programs. How can a school like this still have financial needs?
Thanks to the careful consideration and thorough planning of the school’s administration and Trustees, and the generosity of the community, Nueva is financially stable and its facilities are first-rate. Charitable giving to Nueva supplies the extra ingredients that propel the school from “good” to “great.” Other sources, such as tuition, provide the school with a core of operating capital, but the philanthropy of our community enables Nueva to: develop innovative world class initiatives including social emotional learning and design thinking; offer language programs in Mandarin, Spanish, and Japanese that include study trips and unique cultural experiences; build and maintain state-of-the-art facilities; attract and retain the best faculty members; invest in professional development for faculty; purchase the information technology, library materials, and scientific equipment necessary to deliver advanced curriculum to students; fund signature programs in art, drama, and music; and, underwrite co-curricular programs such as athletics and field trips. Without charitable giving, Nueva couldn’t deliver the education you expect for your children.
The largest part of Nueva’s operating budget is covered by tuition. While one might expect that tuition would cover all of the operating expenses, it does not. This is also the case at other independent schools in the area and around the country. The school deliberately sets tuition below full cost in order to keep the school more affordable to a wider range of students and to provide community members with opportunities to support the school with tax-deductible, philanthropic commitments. As a community, we believe this practice is conducive to building the type of inclusive school we all wish to have. Again, this practice is typical of most independent schools. In fiscal year 2012, the Nueva community contributed $2 million to the school’s greatest institutional needs through The Nueva Fund and the Benefit Auction ($1.3 million from the Nueva Fund and $750,000 from the Benefit Auction).
Last year, the above mentioned $2 million in fundraising accounted for approximately sixteen percent of the school’s operating budget. This year, tuition and fees will cover only 86% of the actual costs of a Nueva education. Fundraising efforts support the remaining amount and represent the second largest form of fiscal revenue at Nueva.
The school’s annual giving program is called the Nueva Fund. The campaign kicks off each fall and most of the pledges and gifts are received between October and December. We are proud of Nueva’s tradition of providing a personal gift request to every family at the school. Such requests are made mostly by Nueva parent volunteers via letters, calls, and/or emails.
All levels of giving are sought by the Nueva Fund, and every gift helps the school fulfill its mission. We urge you to consider your gift in light of your personal circumstances and your family’s total philanthropic plan for the year. Typically, the family participation rate for the Nueva Fund is between ninety-five and one-hundred percent. We strive for one-hundred percent parent participation because it is a strong sign of approval of the school’s mission and educational philosophy -- a factor that charitable foundations closely consider when deciding which organizations to support. While all gift amounts are appreciated, leadership gifts begin at the Director's Circle level.
$50,000 and up
Head of School
While fall is dedicated to the Nueva Fund, springtime is focused on the annual Benefit Auction. This year’s benefit -- Midnight in Paris -- will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013. In addition to being a fun-filled evening and bringing together Nueva community members, the Benefit Auction raises significant funds for financial aid, faculty professional development, faculty salaries, and other high-priority school needs. In order to encourage participation and build excitement, an online auction takes place the week leading up to the event.
Capital gifts allow the school to remodel its facilities, augment programs, and add to its endowment. Such gifts are transformational in nature, as they enable the school to improve measurably. For example, during the three years of the last capital campaign (2005–2008), Nueva community members banded together to raise $26 million to renovate the mansion, construct the Hillside Learning Complex, and increase Nueva’s endowment. Each year, the school identifies a list of needed capital projects that align with the school’s strategic plan and vision. Parents may be asked to support these initiatives with capital gifts. If one or more of your children are at Nueva for eight to ten years, you may expect that the school will conduct a capital campaign at some point during that tenure.
You can give to Nueva in a variety of ways. Please select the method that works best for you:
Many Nueva community members are employed by corporations with matching gift programs that will match their employees’ philanthropic gifts to independent schools like Nueva. If you work for a company with a matching gift program, please consider enhancing your annual commitment to The Nueva School by filling out the necessary paperwork and submitting it to the Advancement Office. Many employers have adopted the use of online forms to help expedite your matching gift. Please check with your company’s HR department for details. If you are not sure whether or not your employer will match your gift please contact Nueva for help. Companies currently matching gifts at Nueva include: Apple, Blue Shield, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Goldman Sachs, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft, and Synopsis.
Nueva 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. Please consult with your tax advisor before making your gift, especially if you are giving securities or other non-cash gifts. If the claimed deduction of a gift-in-kind exceeds $5,000, (whether it is a single gift-in-kind or a series of gifts-in kind) an appraisal of the item(s) must be secured from an approved, independent appraiser, and IRS Form 8283 (which can be downloaded from http://www.irs.gov/ or obtained from your professional tax advisor) must be completed and submitted with your tax return.
All gifts to Nueva are recognized in two ways. Gifts are acknowledged by the school, and all appropriate tax information is forwarded to donors, usually within one week after the gift is made. Also, unless donors wish to remain anonymous, their gifts are acknowledged in an annual report to donors appearing in the school calendar. On a more personal level, thank-you letters are sent to all donors. Donors may also be invited to events that enable them to view first-hand the benefits their philanthropy have bestowed on the school. Such events also allow the school’s administration, faculty, and governing board to express their appreciation to Nueva donors.
The Advancement Office is here to serve you. Please feel free to contact any member of the advancement team with questions or concerns about philanthropy, volunteerism, alumni relations, and campus communications. Meet the advancement team or call 650-350-4518.
As is typical of independent schools, Nueva relies mostly on gifts from individuals within its constituency: parents of current students, parents of alumni, alumni, grandparents of current students, friends, faculty, and staff. Occasionally, the school also requests grants from charitable foundations and corporations, if you are aware of any foundations or corporations that might donate to Nueva, please notify the Advancement Office. However, as an independent school, Nueva is often not eligible for most forms of foundation and corporate support (except for corporate matching gift programs).
Other fundraising activities may seek funds for curricular programs, plays, music performances, or athletic teams. In addition, Nueva has a golf tournament each fall (5th annual Nueva Cup was on October 5!), hosts a book fair, and offers a variety of merchant programs such as eScrip.
It is a good idea to consider the range of fundraising activities you may be asked to support in planning your overall annual philanthropic commitment to Nueva.
Please note: Gifts in support of the Benefit Auction, Nueva Cup Golf Tournament, and other classroom and co-curricular activities are greatly appreciated by the school, but such gifts do not count toward participation in the Nueva Fund.
Capital Campaign FAQs
Expanding the Vision – An Opportunity of a Lifetime will support the school’s expansion to include grades 9-12, in accordance with the approved 2012-17 Strategic Plan. Just as Nueva created a path-finding, innovative model for preK-8 education, the new high school will reinvent high school education for the 21st century. The high school program will double the current size of the school and create a unique preK-12 program for gifted learners.
No. Thanks to the generosity of our community, Nueva has had two successful capital campaigns to support the school’s mission and vision. Our first campaign raised over $11 million for the Gymnasium Community Center (GCC), the athletic fields, and the middle school buildings, completed in 2001. Our second capital campaign raised $26 million to construct the Hillside Learning Complex (Library, Innovation Lab, Cafe, and J-Building administrative and classroom wing) and renovate the lower school Mansion in 2007.
What are the funding priorities of the Expanding the Vision – An Opportunity of a Lifetime capital campaign?
Given our strategic priorities, the campaign will support the programmatic expansion for grades 9-12 and the design and construction of the new high school campus in nearby San Mateo. We are also conducting a master planning exercise for our current Hillsborough campus that will assess renovation, growth, and programmatic needs for the lower and middle school. The master plan is going through a review process. Once completed, we will do a complete assessment of costs and conduct a feasibility study on how the school will undertake the funding for the initiatives on this campus.
How much money will we raise to fund the development of the new high school? How much have we raised so far?
The campaign will raise $85 million to fund construction and development of the new high school program in a combination of capital and debt. We arrived at that number based on a multi-year strategic planning process and a detailed budgeting exercise. The key drivers of the capital requirement are the cost of land, construction, and the need to fund some operational expenses prior to enrolling students. The capital campaign seeks to secure $50 million in support of Nueva's high school expansion over the next three years. As of September 30, 2012 the school has raised just over $30 million toward this goal. Thank you to the generous donors who have pledged their support and are helping to make this vision a reality!
In addition to the philosophical benefits of creating this new paradigm, there are direct financial and strategic advantages to the school in expanding to include a high school program:
There are many people who can answer any additional questions you may have.
Feel free to contact the Nueva Advancement Office at any time.
Main Line: 650-350-4518
Muneerah Merchant, Director of Advancement
Capital Campaign Co-Chairs
Community Campaign Co-Chairs
Vernon C. Grigg, III