Questions and Answers

Your participation in the parent pledge program makes all the difference!

Your commitment to O’Dowd’s parent pledge program directly supports an enriched high school experience for every student – in essence, the daily life of your sons and daughters:

  • Dedicated and talented teachers;
  • Small class sizes;
  • Award-winning programs – debate, drama, athletics;
  • Enriching campus ministry program;
  • Expanded counseling center and comprehensive academic support.

What is the parent pledge program?

Tuition and fees cover 89 percent of the cost to educate your student at O’Dowd. In order to minimize tuition increases and still provide an excellent O’Dowd education, we depend on the generosity of parents, family and friends to help close the gap.

Parent pledge program dollars support the retention and development of our talented educators, technology upgrades, facilities enhancements, counseling, academic support and co-curricular programs – all the things that make O’Dowd an amazing place for our students to learn and grow.

What am I expected to give to the parent pledge program?

Each family participates in the parent pledge program by making a minimum four-year, tax-deductible pledge of $1,800 per year on behalf of each student that attends O’Dowd. While we realize that sending multiple children to O’Dowd can be a major financial commitment, the cost to educate each student remains the same no matter how many of your children are attending O’Dowd. Families who qualify or receive serious consideration for financial aid will be asked to participate at a level in line with their particular financial situation.

What are the tax benefits of participating in the parent pledge program?

Unlike tuition, your gifts to the parent pledge program are 100 percent tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If my employer has a matching gift program, does my employer’s contribution count toward the amount I pledged?

Matching gifts serve as an additional way to support your student’s education at O’Dowd, and we appreciate your efforts in making gifts to the school go further through these matching gift programs. However, O’Dowd does not credit gifts made from employee matching gift programs toward your annual pledge amount.

Can my friends and family pay my pledge on our behalf?

Yes. Please contact Elizabeth Horpedahl in the Advancement Office at (510) 553-8632 or to make arrangements.

What are the pledge levels and payment options?

  • $834 monthly ($10,000 annually)
  • $417 monthly ($5,000 annually)
  • $313 monthly ($3,750 annually)
  • $209 monthly ($2,500 annually)
  • $150 monthly ($1,800 annually)

OPTION A: Annual direct debit payment in July

OPTION B: Semiannual direct debit payments in July and January

OPTION C: Twelve monthly direct debit payments

We appreciate your support!

Parents who donate $1,800 and above each year will be recognized and invited to an annual reception in appreciation of your generosity.

Parents who donate $2,500 and above each year will also receive an O’Dowd Premium Pass that admits two to any O’Dowd student event (i.e. sporting events, drama performances, etc).

We strongly encourage families with the financial capacity to give at the highest level and to enjoy the increased impact they have on the quality of education at O’Dowd.

Questions? If you have any questions about the parent pledge program, please contact Elizabeth Horpedahl in the Development Office at (510) 553-8632 or