ONE (formed from the Parents' Clubs of all six Orinda public schools) will strengthen, streamline and amplify collective fundraising efforts, sustaining the signature programs and instrumental staff that make Orinda schools exceptional. It will ensure equity and consistency across schools and build a legacy for future students. ONE will support and enhance the educational TK - 12 experience of every student in the Orinda public schools.
Raise the funds needed to maintain the level of excellence that Orinda families expect
Provide a forum for all Orinda Parents’ Clubs to unite and share best practices
Partner with the broader Orinda community to support education in Orinda
Build an endowment supporting Orinda schools for years to come
Offer access to better investment opportunities by pooling Parents’ Club reserves
California ranks in the bottom third of the nation in public school funding. Many communities, like Orinda, depend on local sources such as parcel taxes and parent and community donations to augment state funding. These additional monies pay for important programming and staff including art and music instruction, physical education, electives, librarians and college counseling. ONE is committed to preserving the well-rounded, educational experiences that make Orinda schools exceptional and nationally competitive.
ONE’s annual budget will be set by the Parents' Clubs, working collaboratively with their schools' principals, OUSD (Orinda Union School District), AUHSD (Acalanes Union High School District) and ONE. The budgets they create serve as the basis for the collective fundraising campaign goal, which is over $5 million for the 2020-2021 school year.
ONE is composed of dedicated parents and community members who believe Orinda’s schools are one of the community’s greatest assets. Each Orinda school is represented on the ONE Board of Directors. In addition, ONE is building an Advisory Committee and Finance Committee. If you are interested in joining either committee, please click on the ‘Ways to Give - Volunteer’ tab. Together with a professional administrative staff, our volunteers bring a multitude of talents in support of ONE’s fundraising efforts.
ONE is a California non-profit, public benefit corporation. It is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal Tax I.D. number is 94-2623617. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Board of Directors
Kirsten Odmark, Officer (Miramonte)
Alicia Keenan, Officer (Orinda Intermediate School)
Janey McWhorter, Officer (Sleepy Hollow Elementary)
Natalie Taquino, Officer (Del Rey Elementary)
Morgan Tarr, Officer (Wagner Ranch Elementary)
Sharon Koh, Officer (Glorietta Elementary)
OFFICERS AT LARGE
Brian Rogers, President
Clay Deanhardt, Secretary
Meighan Baldwin, Vice President, Officer
Dana Wentworth, Officer
Community Advisory Council
Superintendent AUHSD: John Nickerson
Superintendent OUSD: Carolyn Seaton
OUSD School Board: Hillary Weiner & Jason Kaune
Miramonte Principal: Julie Parks
OIS Principal: Stacy Wayne
Tim Hoxie, Attorney & Community Member
Joyce Hawkins, Community Member, former Mayor of Orinda & former EFO President
The Advisory Board will be made up of local political, educational and community leaders who can serve as a sounding board and resource for the ONE Executive Director and Governing Board. The Advisory Board will meet collectively at least once, and perhaps twice, a year, but the primary role of an Advisory Board member will be (i) to provide advice to ONE as needed on an ad hoc basis; (ii) to introduce ONE Board members and the Executive Director to other community leaders who can advance ONE’s mission; and (iii) in some instances, to be liaisons between ONE and other Orinda private institutions, public institutions and civic organizations (e.g., the City Council, OUSD and AUHSD administration, Orinda school administrators, the Chamber of Commerce, the Orinda Association, OCF, Rotary etc.).