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Annual Fund

Gifts to the Brentwood Fund represent our dedication to the student experience and help to make every day at Brentwood School extraordinary. This important, collective effort brings the vision and mission of our school to life.

Our Goal

Like tuition, the amount we need to raise increases every year. This year, our Brentwood Fund goal is $4.2 million and 100% participation!

Your Gift at Work

By making a donation to the Brentwood Fund, you directly support key aspects of our school—faculty salaries and professional development opportunities to new curriculum initiatives, financial assistance, robust student programs, arts and athletics, extracurricular activities and clubs, and more. Gifts to the Brentwood Fund also provide excellent preparation for college and beyond, help to build a phenomenal alumni network, a valuable experience in leadership in service, and lessons for a lifetime.

Help us Hit 100% Participation

As the school’s top philanthropic priority, the Brentwood Fund provides 10% of this year’s total budget. Giving to the Brentwood Fund shows our communal strength and benefits every student directly.

Make a gift

Ways to Give

Brentwood School is grateful for your ongoing support! Your contribution to the Brentwood Fund will make an immediate and lasting impact on the student experience. We are a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, organization, making gifts tax deductible to the extent of law.

Here are the ways you can make contributions to the school:


Cash, Check, or Credit Card

Your cash gift is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. You may make gifts via credit card online (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) or by contacting Ally Durlester at (310) 889-2665. To mail your gift, please download the Brentwood Fund Gift Form.



You may achieve tax savings by making your gift via stocks or other capital assets. If you donate appreciated, marketable securities that you have owned for more than one year and one day, you may receive a charitable deduction for the full market value on the date of the transfer. Neither you nor Brentwood School would be required to pay capital gains tax on this type of gift. If you have securities that have decreased in value, you may be able to take a deductible loss when you sell the stocks and donate the proceeds. To access the Gift of Securities Form, please click here.



We welcome gifts of goods or services that may provide a budgetary savings to the school or fulfill a particular departmental need. Per IRS guidelines, the school will not assign a dollar value to your gift, but will provide a thank you letter substantiating your in kind donation. We recommend you consult your tax advisor to explore the tax benefits specific to such a gift.


Matching Gifts

Many corporations will match philanthropic donations made by their employees. This is a great way to maximize your gift. You could possibly double or even triple your gift with a corporate match. Simply send us the appropriate paperwork from your employer’s human resources or personnel department, and your gift to Brentwood School will be matched according to your company's guidelines. If you are not sure if your company has a matching gift program, please go to

Estate Planning

Gifts Through Estate Planning

Donors may wish to consider giving through such means as a will, life insurance, a bequest, or a charitable trust. These types of gifts have a noble destination—to help secure the future of our school. Your generosity not only impacts the lives of our current students, but also has long term benefits for students who will pass through our doors for years to come. These gifts may also help reduce estate and inheritance taxes. We encourage you to speak with your financial planner when considering this type of gift. For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at (310) 889-2667.

PLEASE NOTE: Brentwood School is not engaged in rendering legal or tax advice. For advice and assistance in specific cases, the services of an attorney or other professional advisor should be obtained. The purpose of this page is to provide general information only. Please be aware of tax code revisions. State laws govern wills, trusts, and charitable gifts made in a contractual arrangement. Advice from legal counsel should always be sought when considering these types of gifts.

For more information about making a gift to Brentwood School, please contact Josh Melnick at or Ally Durlester at

Levels of Support

A gift should be made in an amount that is meaningful and generous for your family! A gift—no matter the size—makes an immediate and lasting impact on the student experience.

Founders Circle
$50,000 or more

Head of School Circle 

Leadership Circle



Honor Roll

up to $2,499

Gifts are acknowledged in the Fall issue of BWS Magazine by giving level.

Our Brentwood Fund Team

Ally Durlester

Ally Durlester

Director of the Annual Fund
Josh Melnick

Josh Melnick

Assistant to Alumni Relations & the Annual Fund
Gennifer Yoshimaru

Gennifer Yoshimaru

Assistant Head of School