Make a Promise

It’s easy to quantify the return on your investment in real estate or the stock market. But an investment in a student’s education can’t be measured. It’s exponential. It strengthens our community and it’s easy to see what a difference it makes in the lives of each of our students. 

Your contribution will allow us to continue providing greater levels of support that will open doors for every student in the San Marcos Unified School District. 

At the heart of TSMP is you. Through the Foundation, your passion as parents, family members, business leaders, volunteers and community members is transformed into funding for programs that make a difference for all 21,000 students in SMUSD.

Every dollar donated goes to funding our many programs such as:


helping our elementary and middle school students explore their interests andcol discover new passions while being exposed to 21st century skills such as adaptive problem solving, collaborative communication, and digital fluency.

Future Centers

increasing the number of students continuing their education after high school by assisting them in discovering opportunities in careers and connecting them with resources, both on campus and in the community, necessary to pursue post high school education

Promise Navigators

helping our high school students find meaning + purpose in their lives.

Ambassador Program

helping our SMUSD alumni attending local post-secondary institutions gain professional work experience, job skills, and scholarship assistance.

Your gift can take the form of a one-time contribution or a recurring gift. A $1,000 donation will support one student for an entire academic year in post-secondary education.

If making an online donation, please consider adding 3% to your contribution to cover our transaction fees and ensure your donation will be maximized.

You can choose your recurring timeframe, whether monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually.  But first, select an amount and we’ll take you there…

If anyone can appreciate the lengths to which we have gone to support students upon graduation, it is our employees. They are the heartbeat of this district, working collaboratively to ensure every student, parent, and community member are engaged in the educational process. Employees of the San Marcos Unified School District can set up automatic contributions via payroll and a portion of each paycheck will be deducted as a charitable, tax-free donation. This is an easy way to support The San Marcos Promise on a regular basis at the level that you chose. To download Payroll Deduction Form Click Here.

Complete Payroll Deduction Form

You can leave a lasting legacy in our community by including The San Marcos Promise in your estate plans, making a gift of stock or setting up a scholarship in memory/honor of a loved one. Contact us below if you would like to discuss planned giving opportunities.

Contact Our Executive Director

The San Marcos Promise accepts all forms of support when it comes to driving our mission, even the stranger things! From SUVs to RVs to boats and jet skis, we strive to accept all types of vehicles as gifts to fund our mission of building dreams, pathways and prosperity, guiding and supporting student on their journeys to college and into the workforce .

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Help Us Invest in the Human Capitol of our Students

Keep in mind that when you make a promise to a student, we are committing to four years of scholarship support. As scholarship recipients, we monitor the academic progress of all Promise Scholars to ensure they are holding up their end of the bargain. In addition, Promise Scholars are also required to perform community service and mentor current students in the San Marcos Unified School District.

Is my donation secure?
Absolutely. The security and confidentiality of your information is our highest priority. We use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) technology to protect your information and provide a safe and secure environment for online donations. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations, and we will only share personal information if you have given us specific permission to do so.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.
Will I receive a receipt?
A donation receipt will be sent to you at the email address you provide on this form. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes. If you select a recurring donation, you will be sent an individual receipt each month when your donation is processed.

We also encourage sending donations directly to us at:


255 Pico Ave, Ste 103

San Marcos, CA 92069