Raising funds at Providence serves the purpose of bridging the difference between what tuition provides and what the school needs to fulfill its mission. Providence works hard to maintain tuition levels that are as reasonable as possible while upholding the integrity and quality of programs and services.
The school holds a series of annual fundraising events and campaigns and is dependent on the support of families, alumni, and the greater Santa Barbara community who believe in the importance of Christian schooling.
This annual fund is the primary vehicle for supporting the operations of Providence. Gifts to the Providence Fund directly support the day-to-day operations of the school, from light bulbs to professional development seminars for teachers. If you can support only one fundraising activity, the Providence Fund is the vehicle of choice.
The Santa Barbara Youth Races
Each October, the school participates in a city-wide track meet at La Playa Stadium that draws hundreds of participants and families. This fun community-building event raises awareness of our school in the larger community, and raises funds through sponsorships and donations collected by Providence Lower School students in support of their participation in the event.
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Head of School Dinner
In November of each year, the school holds a Headmaster’s Dinner for donors who have supported the school substantially over the years. This event honors the commitment of those donors and raises funds for on-going operations, allowing families who could not otherwise afford an Providence education to send their children to the school.
Providence Fund Auction
Each February, Providence hosts a live and silent auction event to fund programs and operations for the school year. Held annually at the beautiful Reagan Ranch Center near downtown Santa Barbara, this event gives the community a chance to bid on exciting items such as exotic vacations, food and wine packages, sports memorabilia, and much more. This event brings in more than $70,000 annually and serves as one of our most important fundraisers.
The Parent Teacher Fellowship and Parent’s Council are organizations of Providence parents and teachers who work to oversee many of the “extras” that make our school such a special place. They hold a series of fundraisers that raise money on a smaller scale. The funds for these events go directly into the classroom in the form of enhancements to technology and curriculum that students experience firsthand.