Parent Partnership: Philanthropy

Since the day Brentwood School opened its doors in 1972, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, administration, friends—and later, alumni and their families—have been helping to ensure our school’s future with contributions that demonstrate an overwhelming support for the vision and mission of Brentwood School.

As an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization, we depend on the partnership of everyone in our community to help provide the vital components that allow us to effectively deliver our mission to our students—excellent academic, athletic, and artistic programs, dedicated and intellectually curious teachers, appropriate facilities, and a diverse and interesting peer group.

Each and every year, we ask enrolled families to make a difference at Brentwood School by supporting the following:

The Brentwood Fund
Annual Giving is essential to any independent school’s operating budget as tuition alone does not cover the entire cost of an independent school education.

Each fall, we ask all families to support the Brentwood Fund, our program for annual giving, as generously as they are able given their individual circumstances. The generosity and support of our entire school community helps us ensure the breadth and depth of offerings that define a Brentwood student’s experience.

Our beautiful campuses, outstanding teachers, wide variety of extracurricular programs, and strong commitment to financial aid are just some of the reasons why 95% of our families typically support the Brentwood Fund each year.

Parents Association Benefit and Auction
Our Parents Association knows how to throw a party! Each spring, a fabulous dinner and auction is held, and the funds raised become part of the Parents Association’s year-end gift to the school. Families can participate by purchasing tickets to the event, donating or purchasing auction items, and/or underwriting some portion of the event.

Parents Association Party Book
Each year, the Parents Association creates the Party Book—a great opportunity to have fun, meet new people, and get involved in our school community.

Hosts underwrite parties, and the funds raised from ticket sales become part of the Parents Association’s year-end gift to the school.  Families can help by hosting or
co-hosting a party or by purchasing admission to parties.

Contact Information

Gennifer Yoshimaru
Asst. Head of School for Advancement
310.889.2752

Dave Velasquez
Asst. Head of School for Alumni Relations
310.889.2614

Mary Sidell
Associate Director of Advancement
310.889.2667

Emily Manning Ellis
Director of Alumni Relations
310.889.2664

Candace Johnson
Annual Fund Manager
310.889.2665

Terry Fate
Database Manager
310.889.2638

Josh Melnick 
Advancement Assistant
310.889.2695

Amy Fairchild
Liaison to the Advancement Office
310.889.2610