Giving FAQ


List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Why should I give to the Annual Fund?

    The Annual Fund is Oakwood's highest fundraising priority because it covers the gap between tuition and the actual cost of providing an Oakwood education. Annual Fund gifts are used during the year in which they are received and make an immediate impact on our students.

    We ask all members of our community—parents, Trustees, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, staff and friends—to help make our school, our mission and most importantly our students, families, and faculty a philanthropic priority during our Annual Fund Giving Drive. We will kick off our Annual Fund Giving Drive in early October, and it will go through the end of the school year, but we ask that families pledge their support by December 31 and pay their pledge by June 30.
  • What are Oakwood's Leadership Giving Levels?

    We recognize the generosity of our donors in the following giving levels in the Book of Gratitude, our Annual Report:
    •  $500,000+
    • $250,000–$499,999
    • $100,000–$249,999
    • $50,000–$99,999
    • $25,000–$49,999
    • $15,000–$24,999
    • $10,000–$14,999
    • $7,500–$9,999
    • $6,000–$7,499
    • $3,000–$5,999
    • $1,000–$2,999
    • Up to $999
    Those who contribute $10,000 or more annually will receive an invitation to attend our Head of School Circle event.
  • What is the Special Event?

    The Special Event is Oakwood's K-12 annual fundraising gala where we really put the fun in fundraising! You will not want to miss this springtime event, so stay tuned for more details.
  • Why should I give to Endowments?

    Endowment gifts help ensure the long-term health of Oakwood School. While endowments are protected in perpetuity, a small percentage is used each year for programs such as our financial assistance program, which benefits 20% of our families.
  • What is the Capital Fund?

    Capital Campaigns raise funds to build new structures or make improvements to existing ones. While we are not currently in an active Capital Campaign, each family will be invited to participate in one during their time at Oakwood.
  • How can I become an Oakwood fundraising volunteer?

    We would love to welcome you to our team! Parents and grandparents, please contact Kat Haro. Alumni, please contact Christie Guevara.
  • How do I make my gift?

    Thank you for choosing to support Oakwood School and our students with a charitable contribution. To make a new gift or pay your pledge, please choose one of the following methods:

    Make an online donation using American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.

    In order to be mindful of each donor’s personal circumstances we can arrange a pledge payment schedule that accommodates your philanthropic needs and wishes. If you are interested in exploring this option or prefer to make your gift by phone, please call Hunter Kennedy at 818-732-3176.

    Please contact Hunter Kennedy at 818-732-3176 for transfer instructions.

    See if you can double or triple the value of your gift through your employer’s matching gift program. Search the matching gift database here.

    For those who have experienced the magic of Oakwood and feel invested in providing for the future of our school, making an estate gift and joining the Acorn Society is a great option. Creating your Oakwood legacy can be a simple and quick process. If you have a will or trust, consider adding the school as a beneficiary or include Oakwood as a beneficiary on your IRA or other retirement accounts. If you would like to discuss these and other legacy options, please contact Director of Advancement, Nancy Leptuch Virrey at 818-732-3174.
    Please note: We do not accept donations from families currently applying to Oakwood who have no other affiliation with the School. 
  • Can my donation be matched by my employer?

    See if you can double or triple the value of your gift through your employer’s matching gift program. Search the matching gift database here.
  • What is Oakwood School's tax ID number?

    Oakwood School's Tax ID number is: 95-1698608.


For any questions, contact the Advancement Office. We look forward to speaking with you and thank you for your support of Oakwood School!

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Nancy Leptuch Virrey

    Nancy Leptuch Virrey 

    Director of Advancement
    (818) 732-3174
  • Photo of Christie Guevara

    Christie Guevara 

    Director of Alumni Relations
    (818) 732-3178
  • Photo of Craig Arteaga-Johnson

    Craig Arteaga-Johnson 

    Senior Advancement Strategist
    (818) 732-3171
  • Photo of Katidia Haro

    Katidia Haro 

    Annual Giving Coordinator
    (818) 732-3062
  • Photo of Andrea Falconer

    Andrea Falconer 

    Associate Director of Engagement & Special Events
    (818) 732-3173
  • Photo of Hunter Kennedy

    Hunter Kennedy 

    Advancement Services Coordinator
    (818) 732-3176
  • Photo of Kelly Finn

    Kelly Finn 

    Director of Data Management & Research
    (818) 732-3018
  • Photo of Christina Shirinyan

    Christina Shirinyan 

    Associate Director of Advancement
    (818) 732-3170