What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is Clairbourn’s yearly giving campaign that helps advance Clairbourn’s mission and create opportunities for our students to engage in a meaningful, rigorous and well-rounded education.

Clairbourn School began with a gift from the Arthur K. Bourne family — San Marino residents who wanted an education for their daughter that aligned with their spiritual convictions. In the 1930s and 40s, as the country struggled through the Great Depression and later World War II, Clairbourn was kept alive by gifts from generous individuals. In fact, our current property on Huntington Drive was a gift to the school. Without the support of the previous generations, there would be no Clairbourn to support today.

Why is it important?

The Annual Fund remains the most critical component of our fundraising efforts. It supports the general operating budget and represents 8% of the total. The Annual Fund also makes up the $3000 difference between what tuition covers and the actual cost of educating each student.

Our Annual giving season is every July 1-June 30 and annual gifts range from $10-$50,000. Everyone in our community is asked to participate.

Gifts to our Annual Fund are tax-deductible and support all the things that make Clairbourn great.

Where does the Annual Fund go?

List of 5 items.

  • Area of Greatest Need

    The Annual Fund allows us to remain flexible and meet the unanticipated needs and challenges that emerge in this rapidly changing climate.
  • Excellent Learning Environment

    The Annual Fund supports our rigorous and inspiring academic programs in a dynamic blend of both traditional and innovative methods. At all grade levels, our small classes are designed to motivate, engage and support students to reach high levels of achievement. In addition, our co-curricular programs allow students to expand their learning well beyond the core curriculum.
  • Exceptional Faculty

    The Annual Fund allows us to select and retain the best, well-trained teachers and specialists in world languages, art, music and technology. It also supports faculty development, which enables Clairbourn teachers to pursue training or other advanced degrees to be at the top of their field as educators and stay on the leading edge of teaching.
  • S.T.E.M. Studies and State-of-the-Art Technology for Our Classrooms

    The Annual Fund provides our students with access to our Innovation Lab with 3D printers and programmable robots. They also have access to hands-on science labs and accelerated math activities that promote curiosity, exploration and experimentation to inspire students to be future S.T.E.M. leaders. The Annual Fund also helps us provide each student with an iPad and allows them to have interactive white boards or projectors in their classrooms.
  • Our Beautiful Campus and Amenities

    The Annual Fund helps us maintain our beautiful eight-acre campus and its facilities. We have well-equipped and stimulating classrooms, age-appropriate play spaces, a media-rich art studio, a heated swimming pool, a fully-equipped innovation lab, a newly-renovated library, two science labs, an air-conditioned gymnasium and much more.

List of 5 items.

  • Field Trips

    The Annual Fund covers everything from the much-beloved multi-day middle school field trip to Pali Institute to class trips to local museums, marine institutes, gardens and businesses. Clairbourn students take about 25 field trips a year.
  • Outstanding Arts, Music and Drama Program

    The Annual Fund supports the visual arts, music and drama, which all teach students about creatively solving problems and seeking fresh perspectives that open up possibilities.
  • Sports

    The Annual Fund provides sports uniforms and equipment for our athletic teams that include baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, track, softball, flag football, swimming, golf, tennis and more.
  • Events

    The Annual Fund allows for enriching guest speakers and special assemblies.
  • Financial Aid

    The Annual Fund supports 17% of Clairbourn students who receive some form of aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • My family is already paying tuition. Why are we being asked to give more money?

    Gifts to the Annual Fund are necessary because tuition doesn’t cover all the opportunities our students receive. The Annual Fund allows us to bridge the gap between tuition cost and actual cost of a Clairbourn education. No independent school would want to price itself out of the market, so keeping tuition rates competitive while supplementing with an Annual Fund campaign is a common practice of most independent schools. Plus, while tuition payments are not tax deductible, donations to the Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible.
  • Why can’t the school just raise the cost of tuition to include the actual cost?

    If tuition was increased to include all costs, many families would be unable to afford an independent school experience, and this would exclude those talented and deserving students who add so much to the Clairbourn community. A diverse student population enriches the educational experience for all of our students and their families. Increasing the tuition price to cover costs would further limit enrollment and could require a cutback in the things that make our school special– talented teachers and specialists, smaller class sizes and up-to-date technology.
  • Does my gift really matter?

    Yes! Each gift makes a significant difference to our community. Your gift helps to provide an atmosphere of educational excellence to every Clairbourn student. Participation in the Annual Fund builds a stronger, more unified community and represents an investment in our collective future, one child at a time.

    High Annual Fund participation levels can also help Clairbourn raise crucial dollars from outside foundations and institutions. Greater participation helps the school when applying for grants and helps in securing gifts from large corporations because these institutions support schools who are first supported by their loyal community.
  • How much should I give?

    Give an amount that makes you feel comfortable. We hope Clairbourn sits in your top three charitable organizations, but understand that life is full of financial demands.

Donor Leadership Party

Our most recent bi-annual Donor Leadership Appreciation Party took place at the Manor House to honor and thank the donors who gave or pledged significantly to the Annual Fund and our other funds.

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Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School & Middle School. Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and San Gabriel Valley. Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization (K-12 Private Schools) and accredited by CAIS and WASC.