A guiding principle of good stewardship of the Priory is financial sustainability. Priory's future is insured by its endowmentthe key to the innovation and flexibility that the 21st century will require. Endowment is invested money from which the school draws each year, at a rate designed to preserve capital and to supplement the operating income provided by tuition and gifts to the Annual Fund.

The income provided by endowment means:
  • Diversity in the program we offer our students
  • Competitive compensation for outstanding faculty
  • Financial aid for qualified students
  • Support for campus maintenance and renewal
  • Financial stability in changing times and flexibility to respond to new opportunities
In short, a strong endowment equals choices for the future.
Each year parents from the graduating senior class are asked to participate in establishing a Class Legacy Fund to honor their child's experience at Priory. This Class Legacy Fund held in our endowment supports financial aid and provides the gift of a Benedictine education to all qualified studentsAt reunion years, we ask our Priory alumni to carry on their parents’ initial gift and support their Class Legacy Fund. This circle of giving is a wonderful way to ensure Priory’s long-term viability and provide resources for years to come.

Named Endowment Funds

The Priory Endowment is comprised of numerous named endowment funds, many of which are established to honor family members and friends.

A minimum $50,000 gift is required to start a named endowment fund. Smaller gifts are of course welcomed and will be added to an appropriate, previously established endowment fund.

If you are interested in establishing an endowment fund or contributing to an existing fund, please contact the Advancement Office at (650) 851-6139, or email Suzanne Couch at

Ways to Give

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  • Gifts by Check or Cash

    If you are donating cash, please be sure to place the cash in an envelope with your name and ‘Annual Fund’ and then bring to the front office in Founders Hall. 
    Gifts by check can be dropped off to Founders Hall or mailed. Make your check payable to Woodside Priory School. 
    Please note ‘donation’ in the memo field. 

    Mail to: 
    Advancement Office
    302 Portola Rd
    Portola Valley, CA
  • Gifts of Stock or Securities

    Gift of securities are encouraged. In most cases an outright gift of appreciated securities entitles the donor to an income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities. 
    If you wish to transfer stock or securities to Priory, please follow these instructions.
    Contact Charles Stauss with any questions. 

    Please note: For Woodside Priory School records, the value of your stock gift will be determined by multiplying the number of shares by the average of the high and low price on the day your securities enter our account. The date of your contribution for purposes of determining your charitable deduction may differ from the date on which we received your gift. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the amount of charitable deduction you may claim for your stock gift.
  • Gifts by Wire Transfer

    For specific instructions on wiring funds directly to the school, please e-mail the Advancement office to let us know your plans and we will send you Priory’s banking details. Be sure to include your name and gift information in the instructions.

Contact Us

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    Alex Tenorio 

    Director of Advancement
    (650) 851-6139
    Stanford University - BA
    Northwestern University - MBA

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