The Annual Fund is Mayfield's cornerstone fundraising initiative and supports the school's current operating budget. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide immediate resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and fortify the strong educational experience offered at MJS.

Every gift to the Annual Fund makes an impact at Mayfield Junior School.

Annual Fund Designations

Annual Fund designations give you the opportunity to designate your dollars to the area of Mayfield that resonates with you while supporting programs that are at the heart of a Mayfield education. A gift to any of these areas, or to where the need is greatest, supports the current school budget and ensures a continued tradition of excellence.

List of 5 items.

  • Area of Greatest Need

    An unrestricted gift allows Mayfield to utilize your contribution where it is most vitally needed, directly benefitting students through the support of faculty, staff, and programs.
  • Athletics

    Supports the physical growth and development of Mayfield students and teaches the importance of fitness and health. The athletic and physical education programs emphasize cooperative learning while instilling motivational strategies, leadership skills and self-confidence in each child.
  • Faith Formation

    Supports the religious and spiritual development of each child and instills a sense of community and family in all aspects of a Mayfield education. Faith life is fostered through morning prayer, masses, religion classes, retreats, and sacramental programs.
  • Fine and Performing Arts

    Enhances opportunities for Mayfield students to participate in programs such as drama, music, and visual arts. The integration of art in a child’s education encourages the discovery and development of creative potential and individual talents in a supportive environment.
  • Tuition Assistance

    Supports Mayfield’s commitment to enroll students with a diversity of talents, backgrounds, and experiences by providing tuition supplementation to families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend Mayfield.

The Annual Fund supports faculty and students through the school’s operating budget. In the unlikely case directed contributions exceed a fund’s budgeted limit, Mayfield Junior School reserves the option to direct the use of such funds to the area of greatest need.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the Annual Fund?

    The Annual Fund is Mayfield Junior School’s top fundraising priority. It raises critical philanthropic dollars to support the daily operations of the school during the current academic year. The Annual Fund represents 8% of Mayfield’s operating budget and allows the school to fully achieve its mission.
  • Why does Mayfield have an Annual Fund?

    Tuition covers approximately 85% of Mayfield Junior School’s annual budget, with the remainder being drawn from the school’s endowment and Annual Fund donations. Mayfield Junior School maintains a tuition cost that is both competitive with peer independent schools and manageable for our families. Unlike tuition payments, donations to the Annual Fund allow our community to provide budget dollars via tax deductible donations.
  • Why is my participation important?

    At any level, participation in the Annual Fund is a vote of confidence in our school, our faculty, and our educational mission. Your participation encourages others to join you in supporting the school. Strong Annual Fund participation is a benchmark used by foundations and corporations when determining grant recipients.
  • Can I specify where my money is spent?

    While all gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted, Mayfield’s family of funds allows our donors to direct their support within the Annual Fund to one of five areas the school has identified as core pillars of Mayfield Junior School. Gifts to the Annual Fund may be directed to the following:
    • Area of Greatest Need
    • Faith Formation
    • Athletics
    • Fine and Performing Arts
    • Tuition Assistance
    No matter which area you choose, your gifts supports the current school year budget and maintains Mayfield’s tradition of excellence.
  • Why is support for the Area of Greatest Need so important?

    Annual Fund gifts to the Area of Greatest Need provide Mayfield the flexibility to use the money where it is most vitally needed. The Annual Fund is seen in all corners of Mayfield Junior School, from the campus to the people to the programs. Unrestricted giving ensures that all aspects of the MJS experience are funded.
  • Why is early support so important to the school?

    A gift or pledge early in the year is advantageous because it enables Mayfield to know how much money will be available to support the current school year’s budget. The earlier we receive your gift, the earlier we can put it to work for our students.
  • How do I make a gift to the Annual Fund?

    You can make your Annual Fund donation in the following ways:
    • Go online to www.mayfieldjs.org/giving and make a secure credit card donation.
    • Mail a check to the Advancement Office at 405 S. Euclid Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101
    • Call the Advancement Office at 626-229-2117
    • Provide a gift of Stock or Securities. Contact the Advancement Office for more information.
    • Check with your employer to see if you might be able to take part in a Matching Gift Program.
  • Can I pay my Annual Fund pledge with payments?

    Donors may choose to fulfill their Annual Fund pledge using an installment plan. Many donors find that utilizing monthly or quarterly payments makes their donation more manageable than giving in one lump sum. You may set up monthly payments at www.mayfield.org/giving or contact the Advancement Office at 626-229-2117 to discuss the payment option that would be best for you.
  • I give to Mayfield Junior School in other ways, such as the Benefit. Why should I also give to the Annual Fund?

    We recognize that there are ample opportunities to support Mayfield Junior School and your participation in all of them is appreciated. The Annual Fund is Mayfield’s top fundraising priority as your gift goes to work immediately because every Annual Fund dollar supports the current year’s operating budget. Your Annual Fund contribution directly benefits the students, faculty, staff, and programs. Funds raised through the Benefit are directed to the MJS Endowment.
Established to honor Mayfield Junior School’s founding year, The 1931 Circle recognizes donors who have made a leadership gift to the Mayfield Annual Fund. Members are recognized in the annual report of donors, invited to leadership events and thanked for their commitment to supporting Mayfield Junior School’s annual needs.

Contact the Advancement Office

Anna Longstaff
Director of Advancement
626.229.2105
alongstaff@mayfieldjs.org

Jessica Jones
Associate Director of Advancement
626.229.2117
jjones@mayfieldjs.org

Bryan Lynch ’98
Leadership Gifts Officer
626.229.2126
blynch@mayfieldjs.org

Amanda Manker
Assistant Director of Advancement
626.229.2104
amanker@mayfieldjs.org

Bonnie Onken

Advancement Coordinator
626.796.2774 ext. 2213
bonken@mayfieldjs.org