Frequently Asked Questions

What is Give BIG! St. Helena?

Give BIG! St. Helena is a one-day social fundraising campaign benefiting St. Helena’s public schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Give BIG! day of giving is March 24, 2018. We encourage donations on March 24th, but donations may be made online or by mail at any time prior to the day of giving. You don’t need to wait – you can Give BIG! and give early to help us ignite this effort!

On the 24th, over the course of 24 hours, we will seek the support of students, alumni, parents, teachers, staff, other relatives, community members and local businesses. Everyone can participate, with donations of $24, $240, and greater – any amount helps!

When is Give BIG! St. Helena?

Give BIG! St. Helena’s day of giving is March 24, 2018. We encourage donations on March 24th, but donations may be made online or by mail at any time prior to the day of giving.

How do I participate?

Make a donation! The easiest way is through the Give BIG! St. Helena webpage www.givebigsthelena.org.

Who is behind Give BIG! St. Helena?

The Give BIG! St. Helena initiative is collaboration between the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation and the three parent groups that support St. Helena’s four public schools: the St.Helena Primary and Elementary School Parent Group, the Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Parent Group, and the St. Helena High School Parent Group.

Where does the money go?

The donations collected from the Give BIG! St. Helena initiative will be collected by the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation, and net proceeds will be divided equally between the four schools’ parent groups and St. Helena Public Schools Foundation to directly benefit students and support student learning.

What schools will benefit?

All of St. Helena’s four public schools: St. Helena Primary School, St. Helena Elementary School, Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School, and St. Helena High School will all benefit.

Why is this money needed?

St. Helena’s public schools strive to provide the highest quality education and be the schools of choice for St. Helena’s residents. To meet this goal, supplemental funds are needed to enhance the curriculum, pay for arts programs, support innovative educational programs, cover the cost of field trips and other special events and activities, and more.

Is March 24th the only day I can contribute?

March 24th is our day of giving, but you can make a contribution any time before the day of giving on our website.

Why March 24th?

March 24th is the date on which St. Helena was established in 1876; in addition, 3/24 is meaningful because our event involves three important 24s- 24 hours, donations of $24 or more, on the 24th!

What do you mean by social fundraising?

Our innovative donation portal encourages donors to connect with friends and family through email, Facebook, or Twitter, and provides the option for your “social network” connections to donate too. It’s perfect for grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, godparents, family friends, and business colleagues near and far!

How can I connect to family and friends if I don’t have Facebook or Twitter?

It’s also easy to email a message to your contacts and direct them to the Give Big! St. Helena initiative’s webpage, www.givebigsthelena.org.

I attended public school in St. Helena, are there ways for alumni to participate as a class?

Yes. It’s simple to set up an Alumni Class social page; for assistance or more information, please contact St. Helena High School alum (1995), Dagan Janev, at daganmaria@gmail.com or 707.963.1635.

Where do I mail my donation?

Donations can be mailed to:
Give BIG! St. Helena
P.O. Box 305
St. Helena, CA 94574

Who do I make my donation to?

Make checks payable to: SHPSF-Give Big

Is Give BIG! St. Helena a non-profit?

Yes. Federal and State Tax and Organization details can be found on the donation webpage.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

The St. Helena Public Schools Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, will manage the collection and distribution of tax deductible donations to Give BIG!  The SHPSF Tax ID number is 94-2891817.  All donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

How much was raised in years past?

In 2015, our pilot year, our community came together and gave BIG!—raising over $247,000. In 2016, over $202,111 was raised. in 2017, over $250,000 was raised. These funds support education enhancements and enrichment programs that are making a difference right now at our four public schools.

We extend a BIG! thank you to all our donors!

How can I find out more or get a question answered?

Email us at hello@givebigsthelena.org or call 707.967.5119.