The Walden Fund

The Walden Fund is Walden School’s annual giving program. Each year, parents, faculty and staff, and friends of the school play a key role in enhancing Walden’s program through their gifts to the Walden Fund. It is our margin of excellence and allows everyone in the community to share in its stewardship and success.

The Walden Fund is about Encouraging Inquiry | Building Community | Seeking Equity. Your gifts to the Walden Fund will enhance music and the arts, technology, the campus, and it will provide professional development for our teachers. Every student benefits from your generosity to the Walden Fund.

As donors to the Walden Fund, you send an important message beyond our community that Walden School is a strong, robust community committed to preparing its students for long term success.

Thank you for visiting the Walden Fund webpage and for considering your gift to this year’s Walden Fund.

If you have questions or would like to get involved with philanthropy at Walden, please contact Ludia Chae-Zerrudo, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, at or 626-792-6166 x 222.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

The CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes an expanded charitable giving incentive to support nonprofit organizations like Walden.*

As a donor, you can benefit from this new incentive when you donate to Walden whether you take the standard deduction or itemize your deductions.

For Donors Who Take The Standard Deduction: New Deduction Available

The CARES act adds a new "above-the-line" deduction for up to $300 per individual or married couple. It is an “above-the-line” adjustment to income that will reduce a donor’s taxable income, dollar for dollar. This new deduction is in addition to the standard deduction.

For Donors Who Itemize Their Deductions: New Charitable Deductions Limit

Also part of the bill, individuals who itemize can deduct much greater amounts of their contributions to Walden. Individuals can deduct cash contributions up to 100% of their 2020 adjusted gross income on itemized 2020 tax returns. This is up from the previous limit of 60%. 

*This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.

To support The Calleton Family Endowment Scholarship Fund or the Walden Endowment for Faculty Renewal and Professional Development, click here.

2020-2021 Family Participation

Class Parent Participation #of Gifts Needed
6th Grade Sonoran Bumblebees 100% 🎉  
4/5 Gray Foxes & Bobcats 100% 🎉  
4/5 North American River Otters 100% 🎉  
4/5 Island Foxes 100% 🎉  
2/3 Red-Tailed Hawks & California Black Bears 100% 🎉  
2/3 Bald Eagles & Coyotes 100% 🎉  
K/1 Peacocks & Cottontails 100% 🎉  
K/1 Mountain Lions 100% 🎉   
K/1 Bottlenose Dolphins & Burrowing Owls 93% 1 more gift needed!
Pre-K Hawaiian Honus 100% 🎉   
Pre-K Manta Rays 100% 🎉  
Pre-K Monk Seals 100% 🎉