How To Support Hilltop

As a non-profit organization, Hilltop fundraises to help cover the gap between program revenue and our operating budget to provide high-quality early childhood education. We raise money through a variety of modalities including Hilltop’s Annual Giving campaign, GiveBig in May, GivingTuesday on December 1, and other smaller campaigns throughout the year. Our largest bucket of support comes via individual giving from current and former families.

The money we raise directly supports our classroom programming, our tuition assistance program, one time improvement projects, and faculty professional growth and development. Gifts from members of our community – current families, extended family members, friends, faculty, and community partners – ensure that every child can participate in the Hilltop experience, and that every child’s experience at Hilltop is of high quality.

Generous contributions of time and money affirm our shared commitment to providing extraordinary learning opportunities for our children today and for years to come.

We offer a variety of ways to give that allow you to engage and support our organization that is comfortable for you and your family.

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Each month, we’ll profile a Hilltop donor to share their experience with our organization. This month: Diane and Dan Dettling

Tell us how you first got involved with Hilltop?
 Our oldest daughter started attending in 2017

What’s your first memory of Hilltop? We had received a call from Hannah about an open spot to start the following week. I brought my daughter in, somewhat hesitantly, not really remembering many of the details of the tour we had taken a year prior. I was worried about how she would fit in in a classroom of kids who already knew each other, but we walked in the room and everyone immediately stopped and very excitedly, welcomed us to the classroom. She joined right in and didn’t want to leave that day or any day after.

What has surprised you most about supporting or being involved with Hilltop? What has surprised us the most about hilltop is how well they incorporate diversity and inclusion curriculum into their day to day activities.  Sometimes as parents we think that preschoolers are not ready for certain conversations, but Hilltop has done an amazing job teaching our children about ideas around empathy, equity, and celebrating the differences we all have.

What do you find most challenging about donating? That there are so many great organizations to donate to, and we struggle to find the right balance. In order to really move the needle with any of the organizations we need a large collective effort.

When you last made a donation, how did that make you feel?  Great!  There is nothing better than being able to help a mission that you truly believe in and that you get to see evolve and grow right before your eyes.

If you could change one thing about Hilltop, what would it be? I wish there could be sliding scale tuition in order to provide more kids the opportunity to attend.

Why are you supporting HIlltop opposed to other organizations? Our family has had an amazing experience at HIlltop, and want other families to experience the same thing.

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while supporting Hilltop? We’ve met a variety of families, different cultures and lifestyles, that really help Seattle feel like a smaller community. We’ve met families that are neighbors. Parents and teachers that have become good friends. Our kids have met some of their very best friends.

Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to support Hilltop? We recently donated to the scholarship for families in need in honor of Nick Terrones, a LONG TIME educator who recently left HIlltop for a new opportunity. I hope every toddler gets to experience a Teacher Nicky in their lives. I don’t know many adults who will encourage and willingly participate in toddler rough housing one minute, and then be there to sing Frozen songs and be a shoulder to cry on the next. It’s really the team of all the wonderful educators that create this special environment that makes Hilltop a place that we support.

What might (someone) be surprised to know about you and your family?  How very ordinary we are… Seriously, we are just an average family living in the time of COVID. We spend a lot of time at home, baking sourdough, binge watching Netflix, debating every single type of family pet imaginable, and playing Just Dance.