Dear Families and Friends of Good Shepherd Lutheran School,

We are reaching out to announce this year’s Annual Fund campaign, Rock the Fund, which will run April 3 – May 5, 2017, and to ask you, our GSLS community, to donate an amount –- whether $5 or $5,000+ -- that is meaningful for you. Our goal is 100% participation by every family. Every gift counts. Every gift matters. Every gift makes a difference.

As the Rock the Fund Committee, comprised of both newer and veteran GSLS parents, we feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Good Shepherd community. GSLS has been and continues to be an extraordinary place for our children. We love that they are educated holistically -- in the classroom, on the stage, in chapel and on the playground. Every day, we see first hand the impact of the outstanding teachers, staff, curriculum, and inspiring enrichment programs. Good Shepherd is a place where mistakes are opportunities to learn, where every child is known and each class is a family, and where teachers customize and tailor their work to meet the needs of each child. Good Shepherd is truly a special place.

To provide this wonderful environment for our children, Good Shepherd relies heavily on its families and community for financial support beyond tuition. Like all other private schools, tuition alone does not cover Good Shepherd’s operating expenses – what it costs to run the school each year – from teacher salaries and new curriculum initiatives to professional development, from financial aid to enrichment programs like drama and art, from supplies and books to facilities – so that all of the operational components are sustained. Therefore, every year each family is asked to contribute to the Rock the Fund in order to make up the gap between tuition and what it costs to educate a student.

We will have several events starting on Monday, April 3rd to celebrate our school, to remind families of this important campaign, and to provide opportunities to contribute. We are also awarding Rock the Fund Class Pizza Parties to all classes achieving 100% participation. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to help, please do not hesitate to reach out. The deadline for donations is May 5. Our goal is 100% participation. Thank you!

Thank you for supporting Good Shepherd Lutheran School,

Carrie Criswell (Chair), Marci Rhodes, Shawna Mullarkey, Andrea Morales, Annie van den Toorn, Laura Fitzpatrick

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition covers the vast majority of the annual operating budget; the Annual Fund makes up the gap. Therefore, Rock the Fund contributions help to fund nearly everything that happens at Good Shepherd and our school would look much different without this funding – especially in critical areas: low student-to-teacher ratios, outstanding faculty, expansive enrichment programming, tuition assistance.

We set tuition with the goal (1) to price our program competitively within the Novato community; (2) to ensure that the families already enrolled can continue with a GSLS education; (3) to attract a socially and economically diverse student body. It’s a delicate balance. Raising tuition too dramatically or cutting financial aid could be devastating. A strong Rock the Fund campaign allows GSLS to keep tuition affordable and without steep increases while maintaining a superior quality of education. Donations to the Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible, tuition payments are not.

Our goal is for every family to make a gift every year to the Annual Fund. There is strength in numbers – many gifts add up to a large sum each year and every gift makes a difference no matter the amount. In addition, parent participation indicates overall support for the school, which is extremely important to outside funding sources. As outlined in our strategic plan, GSLS will begin focusing fundraising efforts outside of our immediate community. One of the criteria that makes us competitive for funding from corporations and foundations is a healthy parent participation rate demonstrated in the Rock the Fund. These donors want to see school communities that support fundraising efforts from within – why should they give if our closest constituents (our families) do not?

Many companies will match charitable donations made by their employees. For example, if a parent who works for Wells Fargo donates $1000 to Rock the Fund, Wells will match it and donate an additional $1000 or even $2000. It’s awesome. Many Good Shepherd parents work for companies that have a “matching gift” policy. We are asking all parents to check with their employers to see if they will match gifts to the Annual Fund. If a gift is matched by an employer, the matched amount will be counted toward the parent’s total giving and acknowledged as such. Every dollar counts!

Here are some companies with matching policies:

  • Autodesk
  • Dodge & Cox
  • Kaiser
  • Bank of America
  • Gap, Inc
  • Levi Strauss
  • Barclays
  • Global Genentech
  • PG&E
  • Charles Schwab
  • IBM
  • Prudential
  • Cisco
  • JP Morgan
  • Wells Fargo

Giving is highly personal, and we encourage every family to consider a gift that is meaningful to them. Each contribution is valued and appreciated. Below are some suggested amounts based on a “fair share” calculation – i.e. the shortfall amount between tuition and expense to educate a student. But, again, ANY and ALL contributions are welcome – our goal of 100% participation!

  • Pre-school (2 days) $60+/student
  • Pre-school (3 days) $90+/student
  • Pre-school (5 days) $150+/student
  • K-8 $300+/student

To acknowledge the financial contributions made by GSLS families, we have created Rock the Fund “Recognition Levels” that will be communicated to our community as a way to recognize these important gifts. We are asking every family to submit a pledge card, no matter payment method, in order to clearly indicate how they would like to be recognized for these donations in school communications. If a donor prefers to remain anonymous, we will respectfully honor that.

  • Platinum Circle: $5,000+
  • Gold Circle: $1,000 to $4,999
  • Silver Circle: $500 to $999
  • Bronze Circle: $100 to $499

Auction funds are not intended to support the operating expenses of the school, but instead are used for “above and beyond” programs and initiatives.

We made changes to our fundraising calendar this year, moving the Annual Auction and Gala to the fall of 2016. This change shifted our Rock the Fund campaign to the spring of 2017. We are relying on the Annual Fund to meet our financial obligations for the current academic year.


Ways to Give:


Online via the GSLS Website.

Check made out to the GSLS Annual Fund and submitted to the office.

Credit Card payment on campus during an upcoming event.

Pledge Card submitted to the office (with credit card information included). Pledge cards can be picked up in the office or downloaded here.

*No matter your payment method, please submit a pledge card and indicate how you would like to be recognized for your donation in communications from the school. Thank you.