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Make all checks payable to Bishop O’Dowd High School.

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Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts

Make your donation go twice as far by checking with your company’s Human Resources department to see if they match charitable donations made by their employees.

Tax ID 94-1547088

Mail checks and matching gift forms to:

Bishop O’Dowd High School
Advancement Office
9500 Stearns Avenue
Oakland, CA 94605

Stock Gifts

Stock Gifts

A gift of stocks or securities to O’Dowd can be arranged via electronic transfer or by receipt of stock certificates.  The gift provides a full income tax deduction and negates capital gains taxes.

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O’Dowd’s Brokerage Firm:
Morgan Stanley
1999 Harrison St. Suite 2200
Oakland, CA 94612
DTC #:  0015

Account #: 104-054303
Contact: Susan Harding
Broker’s Phone Number  (510)-891-0555
Main office (800) 755-1579
Fax: (510) 372-0710

Escrip/Amazon Associates

O’Dowd earns a percentage of purchases made by parents, students and alumni by partnering with the following fundraising programs. Enrollment is safe, free and easy.


To register:

  • Go to »
  • Search “Bishop O’Dowd High School” or ID #139840033
  • Click “Sign Up”
  • Register

Amazon Associates

O’Dowd receives a generous percentage of your purchase amounts when you access the Amazon marketplace. Please bookmark this page, share it with friends and family, and remember to start your Amazon shopping here on the school website. It turns shopping into an act of giving!

Estate Gifts

Think about the impact that Bishop O’Dowd High School has had on your life, on the Oakland community, and on its alumni and friends worldwide. Making Bishop O’Dowd High School a part of your long-term philanthropic plans ensures that O’Dowd can continue to make a positive impact for many years to come.

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society honors alumni, friends, faculty and staff who support Bishop O’Dowd High School through a bequest intention or other planned giving.  In gratitude for that generosity, O’Dowd spotlights the philanthropic leadership of society members in publications.

Bequest in Will

Description –  A gift you make by naming O’Dowd in your will.  Click for sample language »

Tax Benefits –  Estate tax deduction for the value of your bequest to O’Dowd.

Other Benefits –  Gives you flexibility in providing for family needs first.

Living Trust

Description – A trust you establish to take effect during your lifetime.

Tax Benefits – Possible savings in estate taxes if O’Dowd is the beneficiary of the trust remainder.

Other Benefits – Terms of the trust can be changed at any time.

Real Estate Gift

Description  A donation of real property, either in full or with a retained life estate.

Tax Benefits – Immediate income tax deduction for the charitable value of the gift,  plus no capital gains tax due.

Other Benefits – Can allow you to live in your home and still receive a charitable deduction.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

Description – A trust that pays a set or variable income to you or those you name before O’Dowd receives the remainder.

Tax Benefits – Income tax savings from deduction, no capital gains tax liability, possible estate tax savings.

Other Benefits – Provides fixed annual income for donor or other beneficiary (annuity trust); income could increase if trust value increases (unitrust)

Life Insurance Gift

Description – A gift of an old or new policy with O’Dowd as the beneficiary and the owner.

Tax Benefits – Immediate income tax deduction for gift’s value, plus possible estate tax savings

Other Benefits – Provides a way to make a significant gift with little expenditure

For additional information please contact Michelle Hawkins, Director of Development (510) 553-8630.

Annual Giving Events

These annual events help us raise funds to support Bishop O’Dowd High School’s mission and also bring our school community together. We invite you to join us as a sponsor, donor, volunteer or guest.

transforming-livesThe annual Transforming Lives Dinner, has grown to become O’Dowd’s signature fundraiser of the year. Each November we host a spectacular sit-down dinner with O’Dowd families, alums and friends who are committed to making a difference in the most direct way possible – helping to provide a transformative O’Dowd experience for students who would not be able to attend without financial aid.  Together we can make a difference.  2017 Transforming Lives Dinner information »


crabfeedFebruary’s annual Crab Feed is a great “fun”draising event where an always sold-out crowd come together to have fun while enjoying great friends, great food and great auction items while raising funds for O’Dowd student programs, teams and clubs.




Please contact Cathy McFann, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events or call 510-553-8632 if you have any questions or want to join an event committee.