Direct Give Competition

Funding CLIPCO

CLIP depends completely on donations to fund the programs not covered by normal school district funds. These programs include the Mandarin Chinese curriculum, CLIP Art program, and Homework Club to name a few. Last year, we raised a total of $321,560 ($258,996 from your generous donations, $62,564 in corporate matches.) Earlier this year, Cupertino Union School District agreed to contribute ~$70,000 towards staff and curriculum costs and zero period for 6th grade. With this additional support, this year’s CLIP budget has been set at $287,625.

The lower budget target has also allowed us to lower the per student donation amount for this year! This year CLIPCO is asking CLIP families to donate $425 for each child in Kindergarten to 5th grade, and $200 for each child in 6th to 8th grade to cover their share of CLIP educational expenses. As with previous years, CLIPCO is offering three different prizes to encourage a friendly contest:

  • Individual - An individual prize is awarded to those donating at least the minimum ask per student ($425 for K-5th, $200 for 6th-8th).
  • Class - A Tshirt prize is awarded to the home room (Meyerholz) or grade (Miller) that meets 90% participation rate and 90% target dollar amount.
  • Grand Prize - A Grand Prize awarded to the top 3 home room (Meyerholz) or grade (Miller) with the highest percentage towards the target dollar amount.

The contest begins October 22, 2018.

Contest Rules:

  1. Donations must be received by 11:59pm, November 15, 2018 in order to be counted.
  2. Only donations of the minimum ask ($425 for K-5, $200 for 6th-8th) or more will count towards the contest.
  3. Target dollar amount is determined by the total number of students per home room (or grade if Miller students) multiplied by the requested donation amount.
  4. Donors to be recognized in a future publication with an option to remain anonymous.
  5. Corporate matching amounts do not count towards the Direct Give Contest.

CLIP is grateful for the financial support received from our community. We would like to recognize your generosity by displaying your name on the CLIPCO website throughout the school year and on the December CLIPCO Newsletter after the Direct Give Contest. Donors also have the option to remain anonymous. Tiers of recognition indicated below are per student.

Donation Levels:

Kindergarten - 5th grade 6th grade - 8th grade
bronze medal Bronze

donation of $425

donation of $200

silver medal Silver

donation of $426 to $650

donation of $201 to $325

gold medal Gold

donation of $651 - $949

donation of $326 to $474

platinum medal Platinum

donation of $950 or more

donation of $475 or more

Go here to see CLIP honor roll

How to Donate

Please use the online pledge form for both donations by check or through PayPal using your credit card or debit card.

If you have more questions about the Direct Give Contest, please read our FAQ. If the information there does not answer your question, please contact your CLIPCO grade representative.

Please do not forget to potentially double your donation by applying for corporate matching through your employer. Corporate matching helps CLIPCO tremendously. Every year, the corporate match donations to CLIPCO contributes to about 25% of our annual budget. Remember, corporate matching donations do not count towards the Direct Give Campaign tallies. Only parental donations count towards the campaign. Please see How do I get corporate matching for my donation? for more information.


As with last years, CLIPCO is offering three different prizes to encourage a friendly contest.

Individual Prize: Year of the Piggy Bank. This prize will be awarded to every student who has donated the recommended ask for their grade ($425 (K-5th grade) or $200 (6th-8th grade)) by Thursday, November 15th, 2018.
Class Prize: Year of the Pig T-shirts. This prize will be awarded to each student of each classroom (for K-5) and grade (6-8) if their classroom (or grade for the Miller students) reaches: (a) at least 90% participation rate, AND (b) at least 90% towards the dollar donation goal (as determined by # of students in the class x ask amount). Please note that BOTH thresholds must be met.
Grand Prize: CLIP Umbrella. This extra special “grand prize” will be given to the top 3 classrooms (or grade for Miller) who raise the most donation dollars by percentage toward dollar goal.