Giving OLD

Cottage Co-op Nursery School owes its success to its active community of teachers, parents, alumni, and children. It is their dedication and generosity that has made Cottage Co-op one of the premier nursery schools in Pasadena.

Compassion, energy, skill, and innovation are just some of the traits that make members of our community so wonderful.  While the essence of our community, these traits alone are not sufficient to ensure the schools success.  Tuition covers approximately 70% or our operating costs with the remaining 30% made up through the generosity of our community.

Each year, Cottage depends on kindness of our members and surrounding community to raise the money necessary to maintain our wonderful learning environment and parent education program.




Each September, the Cottage Community comes together to sell hundreds of organic apples as part of our Fall Fundraiser. Through a partnership with Whole Foods, Cottage thanks those who help support our award-winning programs by offering tasty, locally grown, organic apples in return for each contribution.

To make it easier for you, we have a safe and easy way to make a donation to support our wonderful school. There are two ways to support Cottage

  1. Donate $20 during our annual Fall Apple Sale and receive a voucher to exchange for delicious, locally grown, organic apples in a reusable bag, from Whole Foods. The voucher can only be redeemed at the Pasadena Whole Foods on Arroyo - all the details, dates and times are provided on the voucher you will receive after making your donation.
  2. OR if you live outside of the area, don't like apples, or just want to support our school with a straight donation - you can do so at any time of the year!

Click Here and Donate Today! 

Donations of valuable services and items are welcome at Cottage! We do ask that, before you decide to make an in-kind contribution, you contact the Executive Director ensure that it is an appropriate or beneficial contribution to the school.

Join Us in Supporting Our School Cottage Co-op Nursery School celebrates its commitment to the whole-child / play-based approach to child development. Our programs nourish intellectual curiosity, promote self-confidence and build social skills. To accomplish these community goals, Cottage relies upon your donations to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is vital to the school’s ability to operate within budget especially in these difficult financial times.

Each family is asked to contribute a minimum of $500 per year. Families with more than one child will be asked to give $300 per additional child.

Doesn't tuition cover costs at Cottage? 
Tuition covers most of the operating costs but we rely on the Fall Apple Sale and our Annual Fund to make up the gap between tuition and our expenses.

Is my gift to the Annual Fund a tax-deductible contribution?
Absolutely! Cottage is a 501(c) nonprofit organization and contributions to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible. We will thank you for your gift with a letter confirming your donation that should be kept for tax purposes.

How can I help?
Click on the donate link below.  Whether your gift is $25 or $2,500, each donation helps us move closer our target of $40,000 and 100% participation from parents, teachers and board members.  You can select from any level of support but we ask Cottage Families to contribute at the $500 level. (If you have multiple children attending Cottage, we ask for a $300 additional donation.)

Suggested Levels of Support
Angel: $2,500 and above 
Benefactor: $1,000 to $2,499
Patron: $500 to $999
Sponsor: $250 to $499
Friend: $25 to $249

When you shop on® , Cottage Co-op Nursery School will earn .05% of your purchase.  
Click on the link above, the logo to the right, or follow these three easy steps:
1. Go to, making sure you are logged into your account.
2. Search for "Cottage Nursery" and select us.
3. Every time you shop on®, make sure you visit
A portion of your entire purchase when started from this link will be credited to Cottage.

Share this link with your family and friends! 

Support Cottage Family Businesses! All businesses listed here are owned by current or alumni families.

Cakes for any Occasion
Alejandra, Eduardo's mom in Olive is a certified pastry chef.  Order birthday cakes, cupcakes, yummy desserts for your party and help raise money for their Annual Fund. 
Check out some photos HERE.
Contact: Ale at or (626) 354-7873.
eParty with Tupperware, Give Back to Cottage
Shop the entire collection of Tupperware products, see what's new!  It's not just bowls anymore! BPA free and a lifetime warranty, solutions for lunches, and organizing your kitchen. 
Just click on the link for my eParty, place an order and the profit will go to the Cottage Annual Fund! With each $50 you place in orders, I will enter you into a drawing for a Tupperware Gift!  eParty ends April 19th, 2013.
Shop online or place an order in person.
Contact: Rebecca Corona at or (562) 712-6969
Aurea's Mom, Rainforest

Handmade Jewelry
Natalie Tracy (one of Jack's moms in Oak) handcrafts each piece for Illuminista Jewelry, specializing in vintage-inspired modern designs and raw gemstone jewelry. The new Spring collection is currently being rolled out, with plenty of limited run pieces - pick up a birthday gift, a Mother's Day gift, or something just for you, and raise money for the Cottage Annual Fund while you're at it! 

Now through May 10th, visit the Illuminista online shop and use coupon code COTTAGE during the Etsy checkout process to receive 10% off, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Annual Fund. (Shipping is also free if the package can be dropped off at Cottage.) Feel free to share this deal with family and friends!

Coupon Code: COTTAGE
Photography Services
Jason Ballard (dad to Brooke in Olive) of JKB Photography is a lifestyle photographer specializing in children and family photography. As a fundraiser to plump up our annual fund contribution we are offering Cottage families a full photo session (unlimited time and wardrobe changes) at a local outdoor venue of your choice with all images edited and included on a high resolution CD for $100 (value $350).

To book a session, email Jason at and mention that you are a Cottage family. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Cottage.  

If you are a current Cottage family and have goods or services you would like to add to this page please email XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (do you want your email here?

Purchasing books through Scholastic is a great way to help Cottage! You can look forward to paper catalogs in your child’s folder or choose to order online!

To order online:
STEP 1 – Choose book(s). 
Register online at to access the full catalog of books.

STEP 2 – Pay.
Create a username and password.
Enter Cottage Class Activation Code GXBN9.

STEP 3 – Wait for 7-10 days.
Orders take about 7-10 business days to arrive at Cottage. (during the school year)
Did you know?
Cottage gets points for every order (books, games, puzzles + more). All catalog and online orders add to the total number of bonus points that Cottage gets to put towards purchasing books and adding to the Cottage Library. 

Throughout the school year, we have fundraising opportunities at local restaurants! You and your family and friends can have a fun night out and Cottage receives a percentage of the check!  Dining Nights Out are announced as scheduled. Bon Appetit!