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Giving

At The Harker School, our culture and tradition of philanthropy supports our comprehensive curriculum, robust extracurricular programs and outstanding facilities.

The 125th Anniversary Gift Initiative

This initiative was established in fall 2018 when we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the school (see below), and helps fund Harker’s Strategic Plan, which includes four themes:

Having raised more than half of our $50 million goal, we have launched the public phase of the 125th Anniversary Gift Initiative, which provides families, alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff the opportunity to designate their support to the strategic plan themes that inspire them the most:

Your total cumulative contributions to any and all of these funds are used to designate your recognition in this special 125th Anniversary Gift Initiative. We welcome you to participate in this historic initiative. Visit the pages linked above, or contact give@harker.org.

The 125th Anniversary Gift Initiative

This initiative was established in fall 2018 when we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the school (see below), and helps fund Harker’s Strategic Plan, which includes four themes:

  • Prioritizing ongoing programmatic excellence
  • Ensuring a safe and nurturing environment
  • Building a new middle school campus
  • Growing the school's endowment and inspiring philanthropy to fund Harker's Strategic Plan

Having raised more than half of our $50 million goal, we have launched the public phase of the 125th Anniversary Gift Initiative, which provides families, alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff the opportunity to designate their support to the strategic plan themes that inspire them the most:

Your total cumulative contributions to any and all of these funds are used to designate your recognition in this special 125th Anniversary Gift Initiative. We welcome you to participate in this historic initiative. Visit the pages linked above, or contact giving@harker.org.

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Our 125th Anniversary

Harker celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2018-19. Visit our celebration page to learn about our history, see photos and videos, and more.

Visit the 125 Anniversary History Page

Annual Fund

A strong annual fund ensures the high-quality education and comprehensive programs Harker students deserve. Tuition covers only part of a well-rounded Harker education, and annual giving fills the gap by supporting wide-ranging programs in the current school year. The combined efforts of our donors each year offer our students more robust opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and we are very grateful for their generous support.

Learn More About the Annual Fund

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Building Fund

Capital giving provides us the opportunity to build the proper facilities to inspire our students to reach beyond the classroom, apply their educations to real-world issues and to reach their full potentials.

Learn More About the Building Fund

Endowment Fund

The school's most critical and fundamental endowment is the General Endowment. Established by the board of trustees to provide a major source of support for the school, the General Endowment comprises unrestricted funds and ensures the school's ability to sustain itself, evolve and grow, hire and retain outstanding faculty and staff, attract and nurture gifted students and meet unanticipated demands. Harker's General Endowment is overseen by the audit committee of The Harker School Board of Trustees to provide a perpetual stream of income to the school.

Learn More About the Endowment Fund

Alumni Giving

We recognize that in our 125-year history, Harker could not have become what it is, a world-renowned educational institution, without our strong tradition of philanthropy and the generosity of our donors. As alumni of the school, you have the opportunity to support your alma mater and participate in that legacy. By supporting the school with a gift to the Annual Giving Campaign you are securing the future of The Harker School for generations to come. You have the option for your donation to either go directly to the general endowment or the alumni scholarship endowment fund. No gift is too small, and every gift matters.

Give Today! Learn More About Alumni Giving

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Giving to The Harker School: A Tradition of Philanthropy

Charitable giving from Harker families - parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends - has always shaped Harker and continues to provide top-notch opportunities and resources for our students, academics, programs and extracurricular activities.

There are many ways for you, your family or your company to support the school - from making a donation, participating in an event, supporting a fundraiser or volunteering your time.

Ways to Give

Outright Gift

You may make a gift online using a credit card or via ACH (electronic check).

Gifts of Securities

Transfer stock by mailing or emailing your completed Transfer of Securities form. Please be sure to notify the advancement office when transferring securities, so that we may properly attribute gifts to their donors.

In-Kind Gifts of Tangible Personal Property

You may submit the in-kind gift proposal form to the in-kind gift acceptance committee for review. Once it is determined that we can accept the gift, we can make arrangements to receive the property and provide you with a letter of tax deductability.

Give by Text

Text EAGLES to 56512.

Matching Gift

Corporate matching gifts – Many companies have matching gift programs, in which they match an employee’s gift to a nonprofit organization. Check with your employer’s HR department or use our lookup tool to see if your company matches gifts.


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How Gifts Are Recognized

Honor Roll of Donors

At the end of each school year, we print a list of our donors to the annual giving campaign, to recognize the generosity and commitment of our community.

Electronic Donor Walls

Each campus features a screen with a scrolling list of our donors for the current year.

Recognition and Thanks Website

We are very grateful for the charitable contributions we receive, which benefit all students, and we are happy to recognize our generous donors on our Recognition & Thanks website each year. Please note: You must be logged in to the Harker portal to access this website.

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Learn how you can make a difference:

  • Make a gift to help fund extraordinary student programs and extracurriculars like athletics and the arts, technology and library services. Annual Giving.
  • Support our capital improvements to create facilities that meet the needs of our programs and inspire our students. Learn more about capital giving.
  • Invest in our students now and in future generations with endowment & planned giving.
  • Participate in one of our fundraising events throughout the year.
  • Volunteer your time at one of our fundraising events.
  • Parents, faculty and staff: check your past donations by using our Giving History Tool.

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Support from Businesses & Corporations

Businesses can support The Harker School and its mission in a number of ways:

  • Corporate matching gifts – Many companies have matching gift programs, in which they match an employee’s gift to a nonprofit organization. Check with your employer’s HR department or use our lookup tool to see if your company matches gifts.
  • Community business directory – Businesses may enroll to be listed in this directory, which is available to our community of parents and alumni.
  • Support our fundraising events – the picnic , gala or golf classic – by sponsoring the events or donating an item for our auctions.
  • Advertise in our student newspaper. Contact Ellen Austin for more information.

Contact Us

Learn more about giving at Harker by contacting Kimberly Lobe, director of advancement, at 408.345.9235, or email kimberly.lobe@harker.org.