Like all California public schools, Urban Montessori depends on your financial support and enthusiasm. Our school has three big fundraisers each year: the fall fundraiser, the spring auction, and the student-centered walk-a-thon. Please take the time to think about how you can get involved! Haga clic aquí para el español

1. Attendance

Send your child/children to school every day! State funding for California public schools is largely driven by “Average Daily Attendance,” or ADA. Each 1% increase in our attendance creates ~$40,000 in additional revenue for our school. Beyond the academic and social benefits, strong student attendance makes a positive impact on our school’s budget. 


2. Participate in the Fall Fundraiser

Our fall campaign, “Invest In Our Changemakers,” includes a Fund-a-Need drive for our school and the UMCS Online Auction, which runs November 1st through 17th. Every family is encouraged to contribute, either through donating to a specific fund-a-need item, and/or by bidding on hundreds of items contributed by our school community and Oakland businesses. Families can organize Pay-to-Play events, like movie nights or garden parties, with proceeds going to our school. You can also donate cash the old fashioned way in each Main Office with Ms. Angie and Ms. Trish. Our goal is 100% family participation—whether $1, $10, $100 or $1,000, every donation counts.  

3. Corporate Match

Urban Montessori depends upon the generosity of our many families and community supporters. An easy way to double your impact is through employee giving programs. Many corporations match employee donations to UMCS. Thank you for checking to see if your employer will match your contribution!

4. Click Donate

There’s a big blue DONATE button at www.urbanmontessori.org. Scroll down for links to make one-time and monthly donations—all are tax deductible.

5. Walk-a-thon

Plan to participate in the annual walk-a-thon, typically held in late spring. The walk-a-thon is a day filled with exercise, fun with friends, community support, art and music. It has been a strong fundraiser and is a great way for students to actively support their school.

6. Amazon Smile

If you shop on Amazon, bookmark https://smile.amazon.com and select Urban Montessori as the recipient for your donation. 

amazon_smile.png Shop on Amazon? Be sure to use Amazon Smile and designate Urban Montessori Charter School as your charity. It just takes one click to set up, and you'll see Supporting: Urban Montessori whenever you use Amazon Smile going forward. The school gets a small percentage of every transaction. Go to https://smile.amazon.com. Be sure to tell family and friends!


7. Join the Fundraising Team

We are parent volunteers focused on raising money for UMCS and having fun while doing so. From spending a few hours on a project to leading an event, all help is welcome. There are plenty of ways to volunteer outside of school hours too. Send an email to umcs-fundraising@googlegroups.com to join our Google group or come to our next meeting—all are welcome!

You are also welcome to make a cash donation in either Main Office and you can email nandi@urbanmontessori.org if you need a receipt.

Click here to make a one-time donation.

Click here to make a recurring (monthly) donation through the end of the school year.


Download this handy flyer that outlines the various ways that you can support fundraising at Urban Montessori.

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