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The great news is that we are moving to a new campus.

The other great news is that even if we don’t raise the total funds we will be moving. However we need to be able to purchase everything we would like in order to give our children a more enjoyable campus with a fantastic environment.

Construction and remodeling of the new building (8401 Aero Drive – SD, Ca -92123) are underway and expected to complete by Summer 2018. The school is embarking on a rare Capital Expenditure Fundraising effort for cash gifts, used furniture, and equipment to meet our goal of $283,279.25. The fundraising campaign runs from December 2017 through June 2018.

We appreciate you are taking the time of visiting this page and more information is available below how you can be part of this new adventure for La Petite Ecole.

What to Give for our New Campus

Your generous gifts directly benefit the students and teachers of La Petite Ecole for the new campus on Aero Drive by providing:

  • Playground – click here for details
  • Some office furniture and equipment list – click here for details
  • See our wish list for audio/video equipment – click here for details

Thank you for your gifts.

Ways to Give

Your cash gift can be made in a lump sum payment or as a pledge

By Check – La Petite Ecole is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. Most gifts are fully deductible to the extent allowable by law.. Our Federal tax ID # is 37-1522665. Please talk with your financial advisors about the benefits of giving cash, check or planned gifts to fully take advantage of Le Lycée Français et International de San Diego’ 501(c)(3) charitable tax status.
Checks, made out to La Petite Ecole, may be given at the school office, or mailed to the address below:
La Petite Ecole – Attn: Fundraising
3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA – 92117

By Credit Card – PayPal




By ACH – automatic payment – To create an automatic payment, please contact Gerald, or by email (gerald.g@petite-ecole.com). Click here for form

By Pledge – You may make a pledge at any time during the year. For your convenience, pledges may be made in installments:  monthly, quarterly or semiannually. To create an automatic pledge payment, please contact Gerald, or by email (gerald.g@petite-ecole.com).

Matching gifts add real value. Your company/employer may generously match your gift to La Petite Ecole and thereby double or even triple your impact.  As the employee, begin the process by contacting your human resources department and obtaining the appropriate forms. Click here for an email template to HR. For questions or to find out if your company has a matching gifts program, please contact Gerald, or by email (gerald.g@petite-ecole.com).

Gifts-in-kind are non-monetary items or materials of tangible personal property. Examples include office furniture, real estate, collectibles, art, books, automobiles, electronics, supplies, and more. Gift-in-kind are welcome, but prior approval is required.

La Petite Ecole does not identify a value for gifts-in-kind. The donor is responsible for acquiring the fair market value and if a gift is more than $5,000, the IRS requires an appraisal.
La Petite Ecole is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. Most gifts are fully deductible to the extent allowable by law..

Our Federal tax ID # is 37-1522665. Please talk with your financial advisors about the benefits of giving cash, check or planned gifts to fully take advantage of Le Lycée Français et International de San Diego’ 501(c)(3) charitable tax status.

There are many ways you can donate beyond monetary contributions. We are always looking to invite new families to join La Petite Ecole and grow our school. Refer our school to family and friends and invite them to tour La Petite Ecole now. Information to learn more about our school and to schedule a tour can be found here

Recognition opportunities are available to honor donors (parents, grandparents) at the new campus. We would be honored to discuss them with you. See parent sponsor package by clicking here

Fundraising Goal

This fundraising runs from December 2017 until June 2018

Our goal is to raise

$ 283,279.25

We are not looking for parents to bear the whole fundraising burden! Please know that we are applying for a City Grant, and approaching foundations and corporations for donations. We are asking parents to donate if they can (and avail of a matching grant, if offered at their place of employment). We have come up with fun Parent-Sponsor packages, as a gesture to thank parents for their donation.

We need parents’ help to connect with their employers for financial donations and donations of items. We need financial donations for playground equipment/installation ($141,049), secured gate/phone-computer systems/auditorium sound system ($86,958), and we need donations of items for furniture/storage shelving ($35,000) and audio-visual equipment ($10,000).

The donation can be made in:

  • Cash gift
  • Pledge
  • Matched Gift
  • Gift-in-Kind Click here for equipment list

Donor Circle

We would like to thank the following persons and/or companies for their help, involvement, and donations. We couldn’t do this without you:

Individuals

Diplomate: Roy Family

Bienfaiteur: Oreshack Family, Risse Family, Roff Family, Torres Family, Anonymous Donors

Francophile: Dorosenco Family, Freeland Family, Hamacher Family

Meilleur Ami: Benaissa Family, Borsella Family, Bui Family, Columbus Family, Ellison Family, Escobedo Family, Fitzgerald Family, Hiller Family, Huber Family, Katz Family, Marder Family, Myers Family, Pham Family, Provost Family, Rousseau Family, Scotland Family

Donation $1-$499: Aatif Family, Behrens Family, Bensimon Family, Bleier Family, Brown Family, Chung Family, Clukey Family, Hofshi Family, Jordan Family, Le Roch Family, Lowe Family, Luthye Family, Marable Family, Pelletier Family, Pitram Family, Portillo Family, Teator Family, Zokirov Family, Anonymous Donors

Silent auction donors

Noudjoum Hibbert Family (our “Macaron” expert)

Sponsor Package

Companies

Silent Auction Donors

Entertainment & Experiences

Personal Care & Beauty

Classes

 

Food & Fine Dining

And More

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Many private and public schools in the United States fundraise on a yearly basis, in order to close their fiscal budget. LPE is different: tuition is enough to cover all our financial obligations, hence, our philosophy not to fundraise for operating expenses.

The current fundraiser is exceptional, as it is for Capital Expenditure! It is based on the remodeling and the move to LPE’s new campus, towards an ideal learning environment for the children, and a permanent (99 years) location for the school.

$283K represents only 6% of the total capital expenditure for our new campus. It is still a lot of money, but it is a different situation to look for a one-time capital expenditure (specific high profile project – new campus) than to look yearly for operational expenses. The school is not looking for yearly cash flow to close the school fiscal year.

Most private schools charge tuition that cover only 60 to 80% of their operational expenses https://www.thoughtco.com/private-school-donations-4106603. At La Petite Ecole, our yearly tuition covers 100% of the school operational expenses. We are looking for a capital expenditure, which is exceptional.

We are not looking for parents to bear the whole fundraising burden! Please know that we are applying for a City Grant, and approaching foundations and corporations for donations. We are asking parents to donate if they can (and avail of a matching grant, if offered at their place of employment). We have come up with fun Parent-Sponsor packages, as a gesture to thank parents for their donation.

The great news is that we are moving to a new campus. The other great news is that even if we don’t raise the total funds we will be moving. But we want to be able to purchase everything we would like in order to give our children an even better looking campus.

So if we don’t raise the entirety of the sum or get used/new equipment as a donation the school will move but we will have to scale down the equipment’s purchases according to the amount raised. We will have to spread the purchases out over multiple school years, in accordance with their importance. Safety will be our first priority, as always.

Most private schools charge tuition that cover only 60 to 80% of their operational expenses https://www.thoughtco.com/private-school-donations-4106603. At La Petite Ecole, our yearly tuition covers 100% of the school operational expenses. We are looking for capital expenditure, which is exceptional.

This fundraising is not for the school operational expenses but it is capital expenditure fundraising. Capital fundraising is very common in US for private schools and should not be interpreted as a school in financial difficulty as it is different from a yearly fundraising to close operational budget http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/nyregion/private-schools-mine-parents-data-and-wallets.html. See #4.

Neighborhood reinvestment Grants are allocated during the 2nd part of their fiscal year (July 2017 to June 2018). Our application will be reviewed along with all other applications.

 Because the agreement with the bank was for $1.25M and the school is very careful on the amount of debt load it is taking as we have to reimburse the loan in 7 years.

A promise was made by the director not to increase the tuition by more than 3% yearly. This is a capital expenditure fundraising and we are looking to raise this money once for this particular reason. Furthermore we could potentially lose more parents if we did raise the tuition by more than 3%. Therefore we are leaving to the parents who can to help the school to raise this money.

Further Questions

For questions about any La Petite Ecole initiative, or to arrange a donation, please contact Gerald, or by email (gerald.g@petite-ecole.com).