Support Poly through the areas and funds that interest you most

As a dynamic school, Poly has many needs and funding initiatives that allow you to give according to your personal interests and objectives. To begin a conversation or learn more about these options, contact Director of Individual Giving Christabel Estrada at 626-396-6341.

Options for Giving

Gifts of cash, check or credit card

A majority of the gifts made to Poly come in the form of cash, via check, credit card, or wire transfer.  

To give by mail, download our gift form and send it with your contribution. Checks should be made payable to “Polytechnic School” and sent to:

Polytechnic School
Attention: Advancement Office
1030 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

For payments by Visa, Mastercard, or American Express, please visit give online or call Linda Babcock, advancement associate, at 626-396-6332.

To make a donation via cash wire transfer, please call 626-396-6333.


Gifts of securities

Making a gift of appreciated stock to Polytechnic School may offer two-fold tax savings by circumventing the tax due on the capital gain and providing an income tax deduction for the full market value of the stock at the time of the gift.

Instructions for transferring stock vary depending on whether the stock is being physically delivered to the school in the form of actual certificates or being sent electronically through DTC for shares that are currently held at a bank, brokerage house, etc.

Securities held by your bank or broker:
Please notify your bank or broker that you are making a gift of securities to Poly and provide them with our wiring instructions. Your bank or broker will need to contact Linda Babcock, administrative associate to the Advancement Office, at 626-396-6332 with details of the gift as this information does not transmit through the DTC wiring system.

Securities held by you:
Please send un-endorsed certificates by mail, along with a letter providing your name, address, and the purpose of your gift to:

Polytechnic School
Attention: Advancement Office
1030 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

In a separate envelope, please mail to the same address a stock power for each certificate, along with a copy of your letter. Do not complete any information on the stock power other than your signature and the date. If the certificate represents a greater number of shares than you intend to give to Poly, please enclose a note requesting the return of a new stock certificate with the non-gift balance.

Your bank or broker can supply you with blank stock powers, or Poly’s Advancement Office will be happy to send them to you. For most expedient handling, do not fill in Poly’s name as transferee on either the stock certificate of the stock power, and please do not send stock certificates to a transfer agent for transfer into Poly’s name.


Mutual fund shares

Please contact Linda Babcock at 626-396-6332 with information about your mutual fund shares. The procedure for transferring shares is established by the mutual fund company and the Poly Advancement Office will be able to assist you.


Gifts of other assets

Gifts to Polytechnic School can come in the form of other assets as well. For example, you may wish to consider gifts of closely held stock, tangible personal property if its use is related to Poly’s educational purpose, or real estate. 


Corporate matching gifts

Many corporations have matching gift programs for secondary schools. Donors should contact their company’s human resources office to inquire about matching gift opportunities. Corporate matching gifts apply toward donor club levels at Poly.

Areas of Giving

List of 6 items.

  • The Poly Fund

    The Poly Fund is the first and foremost component of our fundraising efforts. Gifts to the Poly Fund account for approximately 10 percent of the operating budget and are spent in the fiscal year (July 1-June 30). By giving back through the Poly Fund, you help sustain competitive faculty and staff salaries, athletic programs, financial aid, computer labs and technology, and much, much more.
  • The Poly Endowment

    Each year, far-sighted donors support the Poly endowment to ensure that the school remains strong for today and for generations to come. Endowment gifts advance specific areas of the school, such as financial aid or faculty salaries; others support the school at large. Together, endowed funds supply roughly 10 percent of Poly’s budget every year. Those who contribute to Poly’s endowment can take great pride in knowing that their gifts are benefitting the school now and well into the future.

    Why do we need endowment?
    The endowment supports people — Endowment income permits the school to secure funds for faculty salaries, faculty professional growth, and student financial aid. Endowment helps to preserve a low student-to-faculty ratio and to maintain economic diversity within the student body.

    The endowment supports program and innovation — By underwriting the development of new and expanding courses and by keeping traditional curricula up to date, endowment keeps Poly creative and well-rounded.

    The endowment supports opportunity — During every school year, unexpected educational opportunities emerge. They may be new teaching materials or off-campus experiential endeavors. A robust endowment gives the school flexibility to take advantage of those options even though they are not in the operating budget.
  • Gifts to support specific programs (directed giving)

    Unlike gifts to the endowment, directed (or restricted) gifts are spent immediately or over a period of a few years for a specific purpose designated by the donor. Directed gifts can support financial aid, a particular academic or athletic program, technology, etc.
  • Gifts to support campus and facilities (capital projects)

    While a portion of Poly Fund gifts are spent every year toward the maintenance and upkeep of existing facilities, there are times when the board of trustees, guided by a thoughtful long-range planning process, recommends that the school build upon and improve its physical plant and infrastructure. These improvements are funded through periodic capital campaigns during which alumni, parents, and friends of the school are invited to make contributions to the campus itself. In addition, modest-sized renovation projects may be funded with outright support.
  • Financial and estate planning

    Our planned giving program allows donors to make significant gifts to Poly while also achieving their financial or estate planning goals.
  • Gifts in honor and memory

    Gifts to Poly can be made in honor or in memory of an individual, such as a classmate, former teacher or coach, or other loved one. Gifts in honor recognize an individual on the occasion of a birthday, wedding, or other important milestone. Gifts in memory celebrate the life of someone who has passed away. When we receive such gifts, we will contact the honoree or their family to inform them of the gift. Additionally, tribute gifts will be specially noted in the annual Report of Giving. If you would like to donate to Poly in honor or in memory of someone, please include a note with your mailed donation or in the comments on the online giving form. These gifts support Poly’s operating budget unless they are designated for a specific purpose. Named endowment funds, such as scholarships, can be established for a minimum contribution of $100,000.