Annual Giving Campaign

How do PTA donations benefit my child?

Your donations make Hillcrest one of the top Oakland schools. With State and local budget cuts, Hillcrest is being forced to spend more on basic supplies. Listed below is a sampling of programs, staff, and supplies that are (at least, in part) funded by the PTA. They would not exist at Hillcrest without your generous contributions.

  • Music
  • Psychologist
  • Ecoliteracy
  • French (MS)
  • Community events
  • Art
  • Library
  • Family Education
  • IT teacher & Classes
  • Playground maintenance
  • School maintenance
  • Spanish (MS)
  • School and office supplies

What’s the difference between PTA dues and a donation?

The $5 (per parent) PTA yearly membership dues goes towards membership of the National PTA which is the organization which governs the Hillcrest PTA. PTA Membership allows you to vote on significant school issues such as setting the yearly PTA budget and prioritizing where that money should be spent. Donations are of course how the PTA actually funds the above programs, staff and supplies. Each adult in the household should join the PTA.

You may pay your PTA dues via Paypal, but please note the dues are increased $5.62 and $10.61 to cover PayPal fees. To avoid these fees you may still pay by check, made out to “Hillcrest PTA” with “PTA Dues” on the memo line.

How do I donate?

Fill out the attached form and either:

  1. Submit your payment online using the integrated payment option within the form.
  2. Complete the form online, print it out and bring it to the front office (in the PTA Membership/Donation Folder) with checks made payable to “Hillcrest PTA”. Write “PTA Donation” on the memo line.

The suggested donation is $360 per child; however, we are grateful for donations in any amount.

How do I join the PTA?

Fill out the attached form online, print it out and bring it to the front office (in the PTA Membership/Donation Folder) with checks made payable to “Hillcrest PTA”. Write “PTA Dues” on the memo line.

Can I make a donation using an installment plan?

Yes! Feel free to use whatever installment plan works for you. If you have any logistical questions about this, feel free to contact one of us.

When will I get my donation receipt letter?

You should receive your donation receipt immediately after submitting your form here. You have the option of paying via PayPal or printing out the form and paying via check – both payment options will allow for you to receive a receipt as soon as you hit “submit” at the bottom of the form. If you opt to submit a paper form instead of using the electronic form we will send you a receipt at the conclusion of the Annual Giving Campaign. If you would like a receipt sooner than that, please contact us.

Prizes? Did you say there are prizes?

The goal of this year’s Donation Drive is 100% family participation. Participation is measured by how many students in each class turn in their forms (forms with a donation of any amount count towards the participation goal). This is not a contest for which class can raise the most money. Your contribution, of any amount, makes a difference. Every class that has 85% participation in the donation drive by September 8, 2017 will get an ice cream party. We are hoping to host a school-wide ice cream party!

What is the Employer Matching Contribution Program?

Many employers sponsor matching donation programs. Most of these programs match your contribution dollar-for-dollar, doubling your donation. Please check with your human resources or payroll department to see if they offer a donation program. If you have a matching program, please make sure to list “Hillcrest PTA” as the beneficiary.


Please contact Laura Todd or Lindsay Thomasson.