An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Every gift counts.

Your support sustains all that makes Lakeside exceptional.

Message from the Director of Development

From Lakeside’s founding 100 years ago to today, a spirit of giving has characterized the school community. Gifts of time, leadership, and resources, no matter how large or small, all make a difference. Your support ensures that we can hire and retain expert teachers, provide financial aid to nearly one third of our students, and support all aspects of a Lakeside education, from academics to arts to athletics. As director of development, I see firsthand the impact that donations have on our students’ lives, and the joy that donors experience when they make such gifts. We count on donations to the Annual Fund and strive to achieve a high percentage of participation from all members of the school community. Parents and Guardians are also encouraged to support the ROAR auction, presented by the Parents and Guardians Association. Thank you for your generosity!

Director of Development Daiga Galins

Annual Fund at a Glance

Annual Giving Impacts

Your Annual Fund gift supports


Instructional costs represent 79% of Lakeside's operating expenses.


100% of Middle Schoolers participate in both performing and visual arts, and 90% of freshman participate in the arts.


More than 80% of students participate in Lakeside's 13 sports with 23 varsity teams.

Experiential Learning

Lakesiders travel the globe with GSL, work with 370+ organizations through Service Learning, and head into the wilderness on 33 Outdoor Program trips each year.


Lakeside is committed to faculty excellence and funds more than $250K/year in faculty and staff professional development.

Financial Aid

33% of students receive financial aid totaling over $7.5 million.

Funding is Essential

Funding is essential

The Annual Fund is Lakeside’s major annual fundraising effort. It runs from Sept. 1 through June 30 of each year and provides approximately 7% of the school’s $35.5 million operating budget. Annual Fund dollars are unrestricted and have a direct impact on every corner of Lakeside’s campuses.

Operating Budget

2,227 Total Donors

Every Gift Counts

Every gift counts

Last year, Annual Fund gifts of $200 or less amounted to more than $120,000. Your gift can fund: 

$10 – One pair of safety goggles for a science lab.

$25 – Scripts for an Upper School drama class.

$50 – Cost for a student to attend the freshman retreat.

$100 – Basketballs for the Middle School basketball teams.

$150 – One student's supplies for ceramics class.

Annual Fund Giving Levels

These giving levels recognize total giving to Lakeside's Annual Fund within the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

Head’s Circle

Gifts of $30,000 or more

Leadership Circles
  • Gifts of $20,000-$29,999
  • Gifts of $10,000-$19,999
  • Gifts of $5,000-$9,999
  • Gifts of $3,000-$4,999
Lions Circle

Gifts of $1,000-$2,999

Donor Circle

All gifts up to $999

Direct your Annual Fund gift

Greatest Need

Support where the need is high, including experiential learning, curricular development, classroom supplies, and the physical campus.

Faculty Excellence

Support the teachers who change students’ lives.

Educational Excellence

Support academic experiences and student learning in STEM and the humanities.

Financial Aid

Support the economic diversity
of our student body.


Support students’ work in the studios and on stage.


Support the growth that students experience on athletic fields and courts.

For more information about the Annual Fund, contact the development office at, or 206-368-3606.

Ways to Give

Additional Ways to Give

By phone:
Call 206-368-3606 to donate with your credit card, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PST)

By mail:
Make your check payable to Lakeside School and mail to our bank:

Lakeside School
c/o Bank of America
PO Box 740136
Los Angeles, CA 90074-0136

Gifts of securities:
Contact the development office at 206-368-3606 for instructions.
Our nonprofit tax identification number (EIN) is 91-0564971.

Endowment and planned gifts:
To learn more about Lakeside’s endowment or discuss making a planned gift from your estate, contact Carol Borgmann, director of major and planned giving, at, or 206-440-2931.

Donor Privacy Policy:
Lakeside School is committed to protecting the privacy and integrity of your personal information. The school does not market, trade, or otherwise share donors’ personal information with any organization or reporting service. The school will limit its use of contact information of donors for these purposes only: transmittal of receipts for tax purposes, acknowledgment and thank you of donors for gifts, informing donors of upcoming events and fundraising activities at the school, and internal recordkeeping. Donor names are acknowledged and published in annual reports, unless a donor requests anonymity. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact the Development Office at 206-368-3606.