Annual Giving

Your Generous Gift to the CEC is Meaningful and Appreciated

The Annual Giving campaign, which begins at the opening of the new program year in August, is comprised of contributions made primarily by CEC Infant-Toddler and Preschool parents, School-Age parents, Board members, alumni parents, and staff members. Funds raised by the Annual Giving campaign are unrestricted and help support much of the unique play- and nature-based curriculum that makes the CEC so special. Your vital gift supports teachers, permits excellent teacher to child ratios, enhances curriculum offerings, and creates stimulating learning environments. It also helps fund many of the unique children and family experiences at the CEC, including the annual Pancake Breakfast, International Mud Day, field trips for our older children, and much more.

Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our goal of raising $135,000 for the Annual Fund in 2015-16, and to the Infant-Toddler and Preschool parents who donated and helped us set a new CEC record of 78% participation from this program!

Beginning this program year (2016-17), you have the opportunity to determine your full CEC donation for the year, encompassing Annual Fund gifts, Annual Benefit & Auction sponsorships, and other giving - in advance. Your donation, whether designated toward the Annual Fund or the Annual Benefit & Auction (or both!), will provide much-needed unrestricted support to the CEC.

Ways to Give to the CEC

Annual Fund Giving Levels Annual Benefit & Auction Sponsorship Levels
Visionary Hands ($10,000 and above; large inscribed marker in the Grandparents' Garden, Leading Hands dinner, name on the Donor Wall and in Annual Report) $5,000 (Presenting sponsor, tickets to event, name/logo listing on CEC and auction websites, e-newsletters, and more)
Leading Hands ($1,000 - $9,999; Leading Hands dinner, name on the Donor Wall and in Annual Report) $2,500 (Tickets to event, name/logo listing on CEC and auction websites, e-newsletters, and more)
Guiding Hands ($500 - $999; inscribed brick in Grandparents' Garden, listing in Annual Report) $1,500 (Tickets to event, name/logo listing on auction website, e-newsletters, and more)
Supporting Hands ($250 - $499; listing in Annual Report) $1,000 (Tickets to event, name listing on auction website, e-newsletters, and more)
Supporting Hands (up to $249; listing in Annual Report) $500 (Tickets to event, name listing on e-newsletters, signage, and more)
$250 (Tickets to event, e-newsletter and signage acknowledgement)

$100 (Program and signage acknowledgement)

Benefit Group Sponsorships: Make a tax-deductible donation of any size as part of the Benefit Group Sponsorship. All families with children in the Infant-Toddler & Preschool program are encouraged to give. Your child's group will receive recognition and new books according to the group's cumulative sponsorship amount.

You can also designate your tax-deductible donation to the Tuition Assistance Fund and the David Goetz Memorial Fund.

We invite all members of the CEC community to make your tax-deductible gift to the CEC. You can Donate Now by using our easy and secure Online Gift Form to make a gift to the CEC using your credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover).

To make a pledge or to set-up a recurring payment using your credit card, please use our Pledge and Recurring Payment form.

For more information on giving to CEC, please contact Sheryl MacPhee, Development & Communications Director, at (818) 354-3418.

What Counts as my Annual Gift to the CEC? (choose one or more!)

  • Donations to the Annual Fund
  • Sponsorship of the Annual Benefit & Auction
  • Group Sponsorship contributions to the Annual Benefit & Auction
  • 'Taking Flight' tuition deposit gifts for Eagle, Flying Squirrel, and departing ITPS families
  • Designating the CEC through your United Way workplace campaign (Caltech employees' gifts are doubled through the Caltech 'match'
  • Gifts to the Tuition Assistance Fund & the David Goetz Memorial Fund

We hope you also support the CEC by donating auction items to our Annual Benefit Auction. Donated auction items, tuition payments, or payments to the CEC in lieu of parent participation hours are not counted as your Annual Fund gift.

Other Ways to Support the CEC

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