RamStarter Donation Policies

Thank you for considering a RamStarter Donation!

RamStarter replaced our original fundraising program (“Ram Pride”) at the start of the school year in 2016-17. In addition to rebranding with a new logo and a focus on kicking off the school year by supporting all of our WGMS & WGHS parent groups, our RamStarter program now includes Donor Clubs for families who want to make a bigger difference to kick-start the new school year.

This combined RamStarter campaign ends Friday, September 16.

Our policies and procedures for year-round online giving and event tickets are maintained separately.

Details for each of our RamStarter policies and procedures are outlined below.

All RamStarter donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax accountant.

All RamStarter donations are collected by the Willow Glen Foundation, and distributed accordingly to each funded group.

All payments for RamStarter online donations are routed through PayPal, which allows you to donate via your credit card or through your PayPal account. You do NOT need a PayPal account to make a donation, but you do need a credit card.

The WG Foundation is charged a fee for online credit card transactions. This fee is typically around 3%, and donors will be given the option to increase their donation to cover these expenses. If this option is not exercised by a donor, the amount each school group receives will be less than the full amount of the donation.

As you complete your donation via PayPal, you will receive an instant confirmation from that system. Your confirmation “Thank You” letter and “IRS Tax Letter” will come via email from the Willow Glen Foundation a few days after your donation is received. Individual RamStarter parent and student groups may or may not send you individualized receipts and letters in due course. If you require something specific, please let us know via special note with your donation or comment below.

We welcome corporate matching options to increase the impact of your gift. Please ask your human resources department, and let us know if we need to complete any forms or take any action to facilitate a corporate match from your employer.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page!


RamStarter Packages are designed for students at each school, and we invite families to donate a “RamStarter Package” for each of their students. The following groups are funded via the following school packages:

Willow Glen Middle School – $165

WG Foundation ($50)
WG Athletic Boosters ($25)
WG Performing Arts Boosters ($25)
Manos Unidas ($15)

WGMS PTA ($25)
WGMS Student Body (ASB – $25)

Willow Glen High School – $190

WG Foundation ($50)
WG Athletic Boosters ($25)
WG Performing Arts Boosters ($25)
Manos Unidas ($15)

WGHS Parent Club ($25)
WGHS ASB Card ($40)
Willow Glen Cares ($10)

The WG Foundation is charged a fee for online credit card transactions. This fee is typically around 3%, and donors will be given the option to increase their donation to cover these expenses. If this option is not exercised by a donor, the amount each school group receives will be less than the full amount of the donation.


Donor Clubs

Donor Clubs are our way to thank families who make a significant contribution during our RamStarter campaign.

Families whose total donations exceed certain thresholds are thanked with the benefits listed below.

How to qualify for a Donor Club:

Donate any amount above the indicated threshold via any method or combination of contributions through a RamStarter online donation, or on a paper RamStarter Donation Form.

If you donate a flat amount as a member of a Donor Club, your undesignated contribution is split as indicated below.

RED & GOLD Club – $500

All groups at both schools receive double their regular RamStarter Package Donation, regardless of which school your children attend.

WG Foundation ($100)
WG Athletic Boosters ($50)
WG Performing Arts Boosters ($50)
Manos Unidas ($30)
WGMS PTA ($50)
WGMS Associated Student Body ($50)
WGHS Parent Club ($50)
WGHS ASB Card ($80)
Willow Glen Cares ($20)

All leftover funds are distributed equally to the WG Foundation, WG Performing Arts Boosters, and WG Athletics Boosters.

Donor Benefits

Donors receive all regular privileges from all RamStarter groups. In addition, all Red & Gold Club donors receive the following benefits:

  • Personalized “Thank You” Messages and Notes
  • Unique ‘Tasting,’ ‘Crab Feast,’ ‘Fiesta’ engagements *

PRINCIPAL’s Club – $1,000

All groups at both schools receive triple their regular RamStarter Package Donation, regardless of which school your children attend.

WG Foundation ($150)
WG Athletic Boosters ($75)
WG Performing Arts Boosters ($75)
Manos Unidas ($45)
WGMS PTA ($75)
WGMS Associated Student Body ($75)
WGHS Parent Club ($75)
WGHS ASB Card ($120)
Willow Glen Cares ($30)

All leftover funds are distributed equally to the WG Foundation, WG Performing Arts Boosters, and WG Athletics Boosters.

Donor Benefits

Donors receive all regular privileges from all RamStarter groups. In addition, all Principal’s Club donors receive the following benefits:

  • All RamStarter and ‘Red & Gold’ Club benefits
  • Family Name on “Thank You” Banners at Events *
  • Principal’s Reception during Fall Semester

* Tickets for the Foundation Tasting, PAB Crab Feast, and WGAB Fiesta are not included, and must be purchased separately, outside of your RamStarter donation.

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