Ways to Give

Cragmont is a remarkable school for many reasons, but high among them is that families at the school provide the financial resources for critical additional programs not funded by the Berkeley school system. There are many ways you can help Cragmont with its fundraising. We encourage you to make a significant commitment to do so this year.

The money contributed by Cragmont families to the PTA is significant – last year it totaled over $100,000. These funds provide support for classroom aides who help our teachers, our volunteer coordinators who direct and encourage parent involvement, assemblies and field trips to special places, the dynamic garden and science program, vital technical assistance for the school’s many computers, and other activities and materials. The excellence that is now Cragmont’s hallmark can only be maintained if we have the programs that our fundraising makes possible, along with the outstanding work of our teachers and staff, our families – and our kids. We need every Cragmont family to help financially, at whatever level they can! And there are many ways to give:

Annual Giving Campaign

Our largest fundraiser is the Annual Giving Campaign. The money donated provides Cragmont children with vital enrichment and educational services. The PTA thanks all the generous donors who have contributed to the campaign.

Every year, this campaign raises what amounts to about two-thirds of the PTA budget through direct donations of money. This effort is led by the PTA Fundraising Team, whose members are Cragmont parents. We welcome your participation in this important group.

A “matching gift” is a donation made by a corporation or foundation on behalf of an employee, that matches that employee’s contribution to a non-profit organization. This can double, triple, or even quadruple your contribution. You can review this partial list of Bay Area corporations and foundations with matching gift programs.

It’s easy to donate. Click on the button below.

Cragmont Auction

The Cragmont Auction is our school’s winter/spring fundraiser. It is an adult-only evening event with light food, wine and beer, live and silent auctions and live music. Learn more here.

Spring Carnival and Quilt Raffle

The Spring Carnival is our main fundraising event in early May. The event begins with student dance performances followed by live music, a “food court” and carnival games for all ages with prizes. The highlight of the Carnival is the raffle of the hand-made quilt, custom-designed each year and made by Cragmont volunteer parents.  The Carnival is open to the public and we encourage incoming families to join us. Learn more here.

Read-a-Thon

This annual PTA fundraiser, usually held in February, celebrates books and literacy. On this special day, students are invited to come to school in pajamas and bring a blanket, pillow, and a good book. Learn more here.

AmazonSmile

Cragmont PTA participates in AmazonSmile, which means that every time you purchase anything through Amazon.com, Cragmont will receive a percentage of your purchase as a charitable donation from Amazon. Here’s how it works:

1. Link up your existing Amazon account to AmazonSmile – it takes one second! Just use this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7015673

2. From then on, just sign in through “smile.amazon.com” instead of “amazon.com” when you shop – that’s it! You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. Once you sign up, the nice thing is if you forget to go to smile.amazon.com the next time you shop, Amazon will remind you if you want to go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com.

3. PLEASE share this link with friends, grandparents, and your community. You can even share the link above on Facebook if you are so inclined. This is free money for our school – let’s use it to our full advantage!

Box Tops For Education

Box Tops for Education earns cash for Cragmont when families clipping Box Tops coupons that can be found on many products, including those from General Mills, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant Tontino’s, Progresso, Old El Paso and Gold Medal. (See full list.)

Collect official Box Tops for Education coupons and bring them to school. Children can have some fun by downloading the below Cragmont Box Tops Form and gluing on their coupons. Then turn in the sheet to the PTA.

 Cragmont Box Tops Form

eScrip

eScrip is the easiest, most painless way to raise money for school. It costs you nothing. If you register your credit card, Safeway card, ATM card on-line onto eScrip, there are many businesses which automatically give a percentage of your purchase back to our school every time you pay for your purchase with this card. You can register at eScrip.com and look for Cragmont school as your charity recipient.

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