Annual Fund

Welcome to the 2022 OHS Annual Fund.

The mission of Oak Hill School is to develop caring and responsible critical thinkers. As a staff and faculty, we take a tremendous amount of pride in this philosophy and it is very obvious the extent to which our community values this mission as well. Your support plays an essential role in our continued success.

Oak Hill truly is a special place. Families choose OHS for many reasons— the high-level differentiated academics, small class sizes, Outdoor Pursuits and The Natural World, Public Speaking, Art, Foreign Languages, Theater, Rock and Jazz Bands, Physical Education, the beauty and safety of our campus, the high expectations we have for our students, the fabulous teachers who work to meet each student with care and attention, nurturing their strengths and passions, teaching them to think critically and deeply.

On Monday, October 17, 2022, Oak Hill School will kick off its twenty-eighth Annual Fund campaign with a goal of raising resources for our operating fund.

The Annual Fund is Oak Hill’s primary fundraiser. We are now reaching out to parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the school with the message that every donation, no matter the size or the type, is valued-- $1, $10, $10,000— every contribution counts. In addition to meeting our fundraising goals, we are aiming for a 100% community participation rate. This threshold will go a long way toward helping OHS when we apply for grants that look at community engagement.

Know also that Oak Hill School is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Each and every contribution to the Annual Fund is completely tax deductible.

The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of fundraising efforts at Oak Hill. While tuition provides a solid financial base, tuition alone cannot cover the full, actual cost of an OHS education. Every gift to the Annual Fund has a direct, profound impact on the daily lives of our students

Your support is essential for OHS to continue to deliver on our promise of educational excellence. Also, your support allows us to help make OHS affordable to a wider and more diverse community through our Family-Based Tuition program (Financial Aid). Every donation, every contribution helps, so please help us reach our fundraising and community goals.

Thank you again for investing in this wonderful school and the future of our students.


James Pearson, Co-Head of School, Advancement & Communications

Caitlin Hudson, Co-Head of School, Finance & Operations

Lynn Dixon, Co-Head of School, Faculty & Curriculum

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Annual Fund FAQs

  • Oak Hill School is committed to providing the best PK-8th grade education, creating caring and responsible critical thinkers.

    Put simply, your Annual Fund donation makes the promise of an Oak Hill School education possible.

    Year after year, our students excel in academics, theater, art, music, and athletics. These are quality performance indicators of the Oak Hill experience – yet the pressure of our operating budgets makes these achievements increasingly more challenging each year. By providing needed funds, gifts to our Annual Fund have an immediate, tangible impact on students, faculty, and the academic programs of Oak Hill School.

    1. Visit our Annual Fund Portal
    2. Give a gift of appreciated securities
      by calling the Business Office at (541) 744-0954 ext. 109
    3. Give monthly through EFT (electronic funds transfer)
      Please call the Business Office at (541) 744-0954 ext. 109

  • The Annual Fund is Oak Hill School’s annual giving campaign that raises critical philanthropic dollars to support the operations of the school.

    Virtually every independent school in the country relies on an annual fund campaign to fill this gap.

    Our tuition accounts for approximately 85% of the true cost of educating a student at Oak Hill. Annual Fund dollars make up the difference.

  • We respect the privacy of our donors and are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all fundraising efforts.

    • We will not trade, share, loan, or sell our donor list.

    • We record important donor information such as name, address, phone number, email address, mailing preferences, and giving history for IRS purposes; this information is also used by our Office of Development. This information is protected under the highest standards and is not shared beyond the Business Office and the Office of Development without our explicit permission.

    • Please state your preferences for school mailings and inclusion in printed literature such as acknowledgement in the Annual Report and Annual Giving Society plaques.

  • At Oak Hill, rather than fundraising throughout the year, we maintain a tradition of completing the Annual Fund drive during a four-week period in the early fall.

    This year, the campaign begins on Monday, October 17th
    and ends Tuesday, November 19th, 2022.

    We ask that all gifts to the Annual Fund be made within this time frame, but payments can be made in installments for the 2022-23 school year until June 30th. Our goal is to encourage 100% participation as early as possible to ensure a successful year.

  • When families receive their enrollment contracts for the upcoming school year, they are asked to consider an Annual Fund contribution. Our goal is 100% participation. EVERY CONTRIBUTION, NO MATTER THE SIZE, COUNTS!

    Every gift is an investment
    in your child’s education,
    and every gift matters.

  • Annual Giving Circles:

    Heritage ($25,000+)
    Gold ($15,000 to $24,999)
    Silver ($10,000 to $14,999)
    Bronze ($5,000 to $9,999)
    Oak Leaf ($1,000 to $4,999)
    Friends ($1 to $999)

    Gifts of all levels are recognized in the Oak Hill School Annual Report.

  • As a nonprofit, independent school, Oak Hill develops its own program and curriculum. This means that our school operates without financial support from the federal or state government agencies, and is self-governed by a Board of Trustees. Unlike public schools, which are funded by tax dollars, independent schools rely solely upon tuition revenue and philanthropic gifts to meet operating and capital expenses.

    The Annual Fund bridges the gap
    between tuition and what it actually
    costs to educate each Oak Hill student.

    Tuition only covers 85% of the actual cost of the Oak Hill experience for your child. The Annual Fund enables Oak Hill School to provide an exceptional learning experience for each student. We look to our alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends to help offset the cost associated with the high quality education that Oak Hill School provides.

  • We encourage every family to give to the best of their ability. We are proud to state that our participation rates over the past three years from faculty, staff, and Trustees is 100%, and 97% from our current families.

  • Your investment in the Oak Hill School Annual Fund provides the operating budget with unrestricted money that is used in the current fiscal year to support the school’s highest priorities.

    This includes, but is not limited to:

    Enhancing academic and co-curricular programming.

    Attracting and retaining the finest faculty and staff,
    while maintaining low student/teacher ratios.

    Sustaining the operation and maintenance of our campus.

    The greatest benefit of these funds is that they enable the school’s Administration and Board of Trustees to react quickly to our students’ needs on a daily basis, with a degree of financial flexibility. The Annual Fund accounts for approximately 7% of the school’s operating budget each year, with additional funds coming from restricted donations, small fundraisers, fees and the Annual Auction Gala.

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