How does LES do it all?

With your donations!

Our Outdoor Classroom

This rustic educational space was made possible by generous donations made during our 2019 Annual Gala. Our students love this quiet, shady spot.

Our Makerspace

This incredible classroom workshop was made possible with generous donations made during our 2018 Annual Gala. This space is one of our student’s favorites!

Our Nature Space

This secluded performance space was made possible with gererous donations made during our 2019 Annual Gala. From Poetry Jams to Insect Parades, this space has seen it all!

The Kayla Kantrowitz Memorial Fund

In loving memory of Kayla Kantrowitz – 1933-2021
All donations to Kayla’s Memorial Fund will support Los Encinos School’s sustainablity fund, Ambitiously Small.

Giving to LES

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Los Encinos families, grandparents, alumni parents, faculty, staff, and friends give generously each year to help us prepare students to contribute boldly to a changing world. Your gift to LES is an investment in our school and in our exceptional students and faculty. With your support we are able to create the best environment for our students to learn, imagine, and create. Thank you!

Be a part of the Los Encinos family by helping us continue to support LES and its mission. There are many ways to give, including our LES Fund, our Sustainability Fund, our Annual Gala, and Memorial Giving.

Help LES reach 100% participation for a 9th year in a row by joining the Giving Circle with a gift that is meaningful to your family…

The Leadership Circle: $25,000+

The Founders Circle:
$15,000 to $24,999

The Head of School Circle :
$10,000 to $14,999

The Red Gates Circle:
$5,000 to $9,999

The Mighty Oak Circle:
$3,500 to $4,999 *
FILL THE GAP: $3,500

The Acorn Circle:
$1,500 to $3,499

The Think Big Circle:
$500 to $1,499

The Eagle Circle: up to $499

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my contribution important?

Like most independent schools, Los Encinos relies on the generous support of families and friends to augment its operating budget every year. Since the 2013-2014 school year, LES has been extremely proud of the fact that 100% of our Parents, Faculty, Staff, and Board of Trustees have donated to our annual LES Fund. This incredible eight year streak of 100% support is a testament to our community’s belief in our school’s mission and the education LES provides its students.

Such broad internal support is looked at favorably when LES applies for outside funding from foundations and corporations.

Why must money be raised every year in addition to tuition?

Tuition only covers a portion of the cost of the LES experience for each student. As is the case in most independent schools, unrestricted gifts to our LES Fund help to fill the gap between what we receive in tuition and the real cost of educating each LES student. Currently, this gap is $3,500 per student.

The LES Fund is our most critical fundraising initiative. It supports many of the school’s most pressing priorities, such as providing a robust tuition assistance program, offering faculty professional development, making campus improvements, supporting our academic and humanities programs, retaining faculty and staff, and much more.

We also believe that a diverse student body enriches the lives of all LES students. Increasing the cost of tuition would put LES out of reach for many families. Additionally, donations to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible, and tuition is not. Some consider their Annual Fund gift as the tax-deductible portion of their tuition.

How much am I expected to give?

We hope that LES will become your number one philanthropic priority and that you give a gift that is meaningful to your family. We need a number of leadership gifts to meet our goal and we also appreciate gifts from all giving levels. Every dollar makes a difference. 

Ambitiously Small

Since 1980, Los Encinos has delivered the promise of being a keenly focused elementary school while using its wondrous advantages of being small. Please consider a gift to Ambitiously Small, our sustainability fund, which will help us continue our mission into the next forty years and beyond.

Kayla Kantrowitz Memorial Fund

All donations to the Kayla Kantrowitz Memorial Fund will go to support Ambitiously Small.

More Ways to Give

Online Giving

To make a one-time or recurring gift to Los Encinos School, CLICK HERE.

Cash and Checks

Gifts of cash or checks can be dropped off or mailed to our Business Office.

Please makes checks payable to Los Encinos School.

Los Encinos School

Business Office

17100 Ventura Blvd.

Encino, CA 91316

Pledge to Give

Pledges can be paid in installments or in a single payment. Pledges to the LES Fund must be fulfilled by May 15th in the school year in which the pledge was made.

To make a pledge to be paid at a later date CLICK HERE.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match your contribution to LES. Please check with your employer to inquire if this is an option for you or your family.


You can donate marketable securities such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds to LES. Please contact Nicole Pennington for more information by emailing:

Memorial and Honorarium Gifts

Memorial and Honorarium gifts are meaningful ways to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion. These gifts may be given to the school at anytime.

Honoring the memory of a loved with a donation in remembrance or by establishing a Memorial Fund to which friends, family and colleagues can be directed allows a loved one’s legacy to continue to make a meaningful impact on the world.

At Los Encinos School, Memorial donations support the long-term goals of the school. All memorial donations will be directed into our sustainability fund, Ambitiously Small, a fund which will help us continue the school’s mission further into the future.

When you establish a Memorial Giving Fund at Los Encinos School, we will assist you in selecting the most meaningful way to honor the life of your loved one, and we will assist your family in acknowledging those who give in your loved one’s memory.

Please CLICK HERE to give to the Kayla Kantrowitz Memorial Fund.

If you would like more information on setting up a fund in honor of a loved one, please email us by CLICKING HERE.

Memorial gifts and Memorial Funds will be acknowledged in our annual report, and all donors will receive gift acknowledgement letters for tax purposes.  Los Encinos School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution, and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.