Ways to Give & Get Involved
There are lots of ways to get involved at Hamlin!
Hamlin’s ability to fulfill our mission and continue to educate girls to meet the challenges of their time relies on the generosity of those within our community. We welcome and appreciate gifts of all types and sizes – the gifts of time, resources, and talents by parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends make our extraordinary programs possible and send an important message that we are all invested in our school and our students.
Hamlin’s fundraising and community-building efforts are designed to be inclusive and far-reaching, emphasizing and honoring personally meaningful participation from every member of the community. There are lots of ways to get involved at Hamlin throughout the year, and we invite your joyful participation in philanthropy and volunteering!
Our Philanthropy Mission Statement
The word philanthropy is derived from the Greek word “philos,” which means loving, and “anthropos,” which means humankind.
At Hamlin, philanthropy is a bold investment in our girls, our teachers and staff, our educational program, our physical spaces, and our community now and in the future. The collective engagement and shared communal responsibility for the school’s financial health are vital and strengthen Hamlin’s ability to deliver an extraordinary experience. We build upon the generosity of those who came before us and act as responsive and responsible stewards of the institution for future generations.
A gift that is personally meaningful and given with joy enriches the school’s mission, vision, and values and advances the Hamlin experience for all. We commit to fostering an environment rooted in trust, where all gifts are cared for, appreciated, and matter. At Hamlin, every donor is a philanthropist.
The Annual Fund is an annual fundraising effort that takes place every year in October and November and accounts for ten percent of Hamlin’s operating budget. It is essential to the daily life of the School and is Hamlin’s top fundraising priority.
The Annual Fund supports program excellence at Hamlin, from arts to STEM and more, as well as the talented faculty and staff who bring these programs to life. All alumni, current parents, trustees, faculty, and staff are asked to contribute to the Annual Fund. Our goal is community-wide participation, and we ask that families contribute at whatever level is most meaningful and appropriate for them. Gifts of all sizes have a direct and positive impact, and the collective generosity of the community allows Hamlin to fulfill its mission of educational excellence every day. Last year, the Hamlin community gave over $2 million to the Annual Fund!
As with most independent schools, there is a gap between our operating budget and the amount of money realized from tuition. Hamlin works hard to narrow this gap by drawing on non-tuition revenue (i.e. endowment interest and programs like After School Academy), but the Annual Fund accounts for the majority of the difference. This helps us moderate tuition increases, which enables students from all over the Bay Area to attend our school.
Organized by the Parents Association in collaboration with Hamlin’s Advancement Team each year, the Fall and Spring Fundraisers are fun-filled events when our parent community comes together to celebrate our school! All monies raised by the Parents Association benefit Hamlin in much the same way as the Annual Fund.
The Fall Fundraiser is a day-long event that features fun athletic and wellness activities for all levels and an evening party. The Spring Fundraiser is an evening-only party with dinner, drinks, dancing, and often live music. Both events are centered around a fun theme, and the Hamlin community is known to go all out!
Community Building and Volunteering
In addition to our two fundraisers, there are many free family events throughout the year designed to bring people together and help us to continue to build our extraordinary Hamlin community. From our Pride of the Pack back-to-school picnic to Winterfest, a beloved day-long Hamlin tradition featuring gingerbread houses and more, these events are open to the whole family, and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend!
Parent volunteers are critical to the Hamlin educational experience and are the backbone of many of our programs and events. No matter your schedule or interests, there are lots of ways to help out. There are year-round (i.e. lunch and library duty) and seasonal opportunities (Fall & Spring Fundraisers), morning (i.e. Hamlin Harvest and Lend-a-Hand) and night (i.e. PLAID events) options, as well as opportunities to volunteer your time from home.
Campaigns and Endowment
The vision behind our Love, Hamlin campaign called for a once in a lifetime physical transformation of our Vallejo Street building, the addition of an outdoor science teaching terrace, the unification of our three-building campus, and an increase in our endowment for our extraordinary faculty and increased access to ensure that extraordinary girls are able to join the Hamlin community, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Our newly transformed campus opened on March 1, 2022, and we will continue to seek leadership gifts and broad participation from our community in order to achieve our full vision for Hamlin’s future. Thank you for your support in this new chapter of Hamlin’s HERstory!
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Methods of Giving
All contributions are 100% tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Cash, Check, or Credit Card
Credit card gifts can be made through our online donation page.
Please make checks payable to The Hamlin School and mail the gift directly to:
The Hamlin School
Attention: Advancement Office
San Francisco, CA 94115
Donor Advised Fund
Gifts may also be made via a Donor Advised Fund. When initiating that gift, please note the designation and allow the donor’s name to be shared with the recipient organization. It is additionally helpful to email Hannah Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know this gift has been initiated as they can take some time to arrive.
Pledges can be made here or by emailing Lauren Thornhill P’27 (email@example.com). The pledge period for Annual Fund gifts is the current fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), while the pledge for capital gifts may be paid over a three- to five-year period. Of course, Hamlin benefits if pledges are paid sooner, but we know that donors may need extra time to give an extraordinary gift.
Pledges may not be fulfilled using Donor Advised Funds.
Please contact the Hamlin Advancement Office at 415.674.5449 or firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of a stock gift. When transferring securities at year-end, make sure to begin early enough to ensure your transaction is processed and received by the School before the end of the calendar year.
Instructions for Stock Transfers
Broker: Erin Beable
1333 N. California Boulevard, Suite 133
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Acct. Name: The Hamlin School
Tax ID#: 94-1393894
- Please instruct your broker or banker in writing to transfer the stock to The Hamlin School via Morgan Stanley.
- Please include in the letter:
- Your full name
- The name of the stock
- The number of shares
- Where you would like your donation to be directed
Please contact the Hamlin Advancement Office at 415.674.5449 or email@example.com to notify us of a wire transfer.
Instructions for Wire Transfer:
First Republic Bank
111 Pine Street
San Francisco,CA 94111
- Please mark the funds for the benefit of The Hamlin School
- Please include your FULL NAME on the wire instructions so The School can identify and acknowledge the donation.
Match Your Gift
Many corporations offer matching gift programs for employees and their families to charitable institutions such as The Hamlin School. These gifts allow you to double or sometimes even triple your gift or more to the school. Supporters will be recognized at the level of their total giving, including any matching gifts.
Hamlin accepts cryptocurrency. To make a gift using cryptocurrency, please contact Lauren Thornhill P’27, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts in Kind or Other Assets
Hamlin accepts gifts in kind and other assets such as privately held securities upon approval from the Board Gift Acceptance Committee. If you would like to make an in kind gift or donation of other assets, please contact Lauren Thornhill P’27, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at email@example.com.
To ensure that Hamlin continues to inspire future generations of girls to meet the challenges of their time, please consider including Hamlin in your will. Such gifts are essential to assure a stable future for Hamlin, and can also offer significant tax advantages for you. Through careful planning and consultation with your advisors, a planned gift may enable you to give more to Hamlin than you ever thought possible. For more information, visit our Legacy Giving page or contact Lauren Thornhill P’27, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazon Smile and eScrip
A simple way to give everyday! Register your credit card and shop with eScrip’s preferred vendors and/or select Hamlin as your designated organization on Amazon Smile and Hamlin will receive a portion of sales as a donation.