Giving To GLM
Thank you for your generous support in helping to make GLM a rich and beautiful journey, and not a race.
Like any school, Grand Lake Montessori has a unique story. Ours began in 1978 as a one roomed classroom in the Lake Park Methodist Church basement. Many chapters later, it is now a thriving Montessori learning community of 160 students on almost two acres of urban land. This is in great part due to the vision of our founder, Helen Campbell, as well as all of the dedicated parent volunteers, who in the beginning were needed for daily, hands-on, volunteer help to operate our school. As GLM has grown into the well established toddler through elementary school it is today, we are now looking to continue our treasured parent partnership, as well as find new ways to support its ongoing life, making it an even better place to be and belong.
As a 40+ year old non-profit serving hard working families, GLM has historically not made big asks of our parents in terms of fundraising. We have always recognized that the business & busyness of raising young children in the Bay Area can be both expensive and all consuming. Tuition alone, however, cannot cover the rising costs of maintaining and improving our beautiful environment or provide the much needed funding to support our Financial Aid program. We are, therefore, extremely grateful for any and all gifts of support to our school, whether it be from our school families, grandparents, friends or other fans and benefactors of GLM. These generous contributions enhance school life for students, families and staff, both today and into the future.
Friends of GLM Fund
When you choose to support GLM your generous donation will go towards our ‘Friends of GLM Fund’, a mission driven campaign supporting GLM in being an even better and more beautiful school. By giving unrestricted gifts you will help to support the financing of bigger capital improvements or tuition assistance*, as well as faculty support and professional development or any other area of greatest need. Each year we will share a wish list of various initiatives needing your support.
*GLM commits to providing between 8% to 9% of our annual operating budget to our school’s Financial Aid Program. This program benefits just over 20% of our school families. With your support even more of school families will benefit.
Don’t miss the opportunity to double your gift! Many employers offer to match employee gifts to non-profit organizations up to 200%. Please check with your company to see if it offers matching gifts or contact our office to let us know if we can assist you in this process. Remember gifts from spouses and retirees may also be eligible.