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

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?

Primary School:
Family Movie Night – Grade Level Potluck – Fieldtrip to Pepperwood Preserve – Trips to Pumpkin Patch – Nature Hike at Bothe Regional Park – Bagels and Buddies – Grade Level Potluck – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts – Field Day – 2nd Grade End of Year Celebration – Teacher Supply Grants – Loma Vista Farms – Connolly Ranch – Children’s Museum of Sonoma -Lawrence Hall of Science – 3 Assemblies – Visual Artist in Residence -Performing Artist in Residence – Teacher Allocations – Birthday Books – B Makers

Elementary School:
Age of Sail/Science and History – Outdoor Ed. Walker Creek – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts – Colonial Day Food Supplies – Oakland Museum of CA – history of Ca – The California Museum – Chinatown Sonoma Mission – LHS Hands on Science – Lake Sonoma Fish Release – Bale Mill – NV Parks Assoc. – Sharpsteen Museum Donation – CA Academy of Sciences – LHS Hands on Science – Safari West – Life Sciences Study – Trimester Assemblies – Family Math Event – Yearbook Supervisor Stipend – 5th Grade Yearbooks – Fifth Grade Promotion Expenses – Reading Awards – Garden Club – Family Book Club – Library Grant – Junior Coaches – Sensory Corner – Band & Band Shirts

Middle School:
6th Grade WEB Day – 7th Grade Spice Experience -8th Grade Civil War Project (formerly Manifest Destiny) – 8th Grade Promotion Dance – Fieldtrips – Constitutional Award Winners – Department Allocations for: AVID – Electives – English – History – Math – Music & Performing Arts – Science – Special Education – English Language Advisory Council (ELAC) – Eco Club (Formerly Garden Club) – Green Initiative (ASB Led) – Guest Speakers for Parents – My Favorite Fella Dance – Napa County Reads – PE & Athletic Programs – PE Dance Program – Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) – Reading Awards ($50/grade level) – RLS Health Fair – Safe School Ambassadors – School wide Art – School wide Programming/Assemblies – Student Leaders Luncheon – Student Leadership – Teacher Appreciation – Yosemite Chaperones – Yosemite Trip – Ca History Artifact Trunks – Life Science Study Experience – Asian Aer Museum – Celebrate Reading – Molding Imagination – Band Shirts – Band Sectionals

High School:
Teacher Appreciation Lunches – Parent Education – Safe Grad Night – Prom – ASB Leadership – Student Clubs – Library/ Literary Journal – Parent Group School Culture – Communication Board, Picnic Tables – Sound System Upgrade – Rally Items – Student Projects – Department Block Grants for Science -Math – English – History – Special Ed – AVID – Computer Science – Drama -Art – Athletics – Language – Arthur Talk – Marine Vertebrate – Music Festivals – Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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,

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 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 or call 707.967.5119.