Supporting students at Star Academy is simple and the impact is immediate.
Donate to the Annual Fund to offset the difference between tuition and the cost of a Star education, or provide scholarship assistance to deserving students whose families are unable to afford the full cost of tuition.  If you have a specific interest, let us know and we are happy to work with you to identify a program at Star that fits your giving priorities.

Ways to Give

Cash Gifts—One Time or Recurring

Star has made it easy to donate on a credit card or from your bank account.  Simply click on the

GIVE TODAY button above.  Consider joining Star Sustainers by making a monthly gift to provide an ongoing source of support to the school. Click here for more information and to sign up.


You can also give to Star from your Donor Advised Fund. 

If you prefer to give by check (payable to Star Academy), send your contribution to:

Star Academy

4470 Redwood Highway

San Rafael, CA  94901

Employer Matching Funds​

A matching gift from your employer is a fast and easy way to increase the value of your gift.  A matching gift can double or triple what you have donated, so be sure to ask your employer if they have a matching gift program. Simply complete the paperwork and we will verify your contribution with your employer to complete the process.  

Employer Charitable Giving Programs

Many organizations provide opportunities for employees to give through payroll deduction and choose the charitable organization to which their donation is directed.  If your company participates in the United Way or similar employee giving campaign, you may designate Star Academy to receive your donor directed gift. Simply designate Shining Star Foundation dba Star Academy as the recipient  (Tax ID# 68-0221149).

Commemorative & Memorial Gifts

Honor an individual or occasion with a contribution to Star Academy. Your commemorative or memorial gifts will turn glowing memories into brighter futures for our students. Commemorative and memorial gifts also may be targeted to specific Star Academy programs.

Gifts of Stocks & Securities​

Gifts of appreciated stock and securities are an excellent way of donating to Star Academy while avoiding capital gains tax. As a tax-exempt organization, Star Academy realizes the full value of the stock tax-free. For more information about making a gift of stock or securities, contact Susan Todaro, our Director of Development.  Always check with your own financial advisor to ensure tax savings will apply to your own situation. 

Donate Your Vehicle (Car, Truck, Motorcycle, RV or Boat)

Star offers a hassle-free way of getting rid of an unneeded vehicle, while getting a tax write off and making a sizeable donation to the school. We have contracted with a company, CARS, whose professional staff handles everything!  Simply go to www.careasy.org/nonprofit/star-academy or call 855-500-RIDE (7433) and they will arrange for complimentary pick-up of your vehicle, manage all the paperwork, sell your vehicle at top value and the issue a tax receipt. It's simple, painless and impactful.

Foundations and Family Trusts

Foundations and family trusts are a vital source of on-going financial support for Star Academy. If you have a foundation or have connections with organizations or individuals who might be interested in helping support the mission of Star, please let us know.  Major gifts from foundations and trusts provide critical funding for specific programs and special projects at the school.

Charitable Bequests and Planned Gifts

You can create a powerful and lasting legacy by including Star Academy in your long-term financial planning.  When you include Star Academy in your will or estate plans, you help provide long term financial strength and security to assure a quality education for future generations of Star Academy students.


The simplest method is to include a charitable bequest in your will or living trust.  A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Star Academy a specific item, an amount of money, or a percentage of your estate.  There are a variety of other planned gift options, which we are happy to discuss with you.  Contact Susan Todaro, our Development Director, and she is happy to work with you and your financial advisor. 



Susan Todaro

Development Director

4470 Redwood Hwy

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 456-8727 ext 500


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Star Academy is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Donations to Star Academy are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by IRS guidelines. We are listed with the IRS as Shining Star Foundation dba Star Academy.  Tax ID# 68-0221149

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