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How We Fund

Why We Need to Raise Money for OIS
California’s spending per student is among the lowest of all states. Since the passage of Prop 13, over forty years ago, state and federal funding has been grossly inadequate in providing for the quality and breadth of education Orinda residents value. As a result, the need for private funding from the community and Parents' Club has significantly increased. 


How We Generate Revenue
Our main source of revenue is donations from school families. Additional funds may be generated through community donations and other school programs such as food services. 2020 marks the first year of ONE- the Orinda Network for Education- a collaboration between the OIS Parents' Club, the PC's of Orinda's other schools, and EFO. From now on, instead of donating to both the PC and EFO, you only need to make one donation to OIS-ONE.


How the Use of our Funds is Determined
There are three groups involved in the determination of how Parents' Club funds are spent. They are the School Site Coordinating Council, the Parents' Club Finance Committee and the OIS Parents' Club Board.

In early fall, the Budget Advisory Subcommittee of the School Site Coordinating Council convenes to identify and prioritize any unfunded needs that are aligned with the school's strategic plan. These items would be outside of what is already provided for in the school and/or Parents' Club budget for the present year and would be funded in the future should dollars become available. 

These funding requests are evaluated against the School Site Coordinating Council’s funding standards below:

Funding Proposal Guidelines (SSCC By-laws, Article VI, Section 1)

Serves the Maximum Number of Students

No Long-Term Commitment of Financial Resources (e.g., Salaries)

Other Funding Sources Explored

Provides Long-term Benefit

Equitable Among Students/Staff


When funds become available from either the Parents' Club or through special grants, these projects will be given priority for approval. 

Beginning in February, the Parents' Club Finance Committee has the first of several meetings to review its financial policies and to develop a Parents' Club budget for the next school year. The Finance Committee, in consultation with the School Site Coordinating Council and the Principal, works to determine what level of funding will be needed for current programs as well as identify new funding needs. At the April Parents' Club meeting, the Finance Committee presents the draft budget for comment, and then for approval at the May meeting.