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Matching Funds Will Double Your Donation & Support Our Teachers!

Help us meet our match!

Donations to Play Mountain Place will be doubled by matching funds. Every dollar you give — up to $30,000 — will be matched!
Our Current Progress – Almost There!!!!
92% | $27,845/$30,000 Match

Support our long tradition of  treating children with respect, allowing them to play freely, and trusting them to direct their own learning.

Play Mountain Place offers four easy ways to give:

Give Online

Online donations to Play Mountain Place are processed through PayPal’s secure donation service. You won’t need a PayPal account to make a one-time or monthly donation, though if you have one you may use it. Please consider taking your support to the next level with a convenient, automatic monthly gift.


By Mail

You can also send a donation by mail. Just send a check or money order made out to Play Mountain Place to:

Play Mountain Place
6063 Hargis Street
Los Angeles, CA 90034

By Phone

Call us Monday – Friday between 9 am – 4 pm (PST) at (323) 870-4381.

By Email

Email the Play Mountain Place Director of Development at:

March 15, 2022

Dear Play Mountain Place Community Member,

Moving into my role as Director here, I have been thinking more about how much the support of our community matters, and why. Your generosity last year was vital to our getting through a tough year and keeping our school strong. I am very thankful to work for such a generous community. 

One of my top goals this year is to increase teacher salaries. Our teachers get modest raises each year, but our salaries simply are not competitive with what other schools can offer. That means that the important work our teachers do every day is not in alignment with how much they earn. This has weighed heavily on my mind, particularly in these past two years as they have become essential workers — continuing to provide our unique program for children during challenging times.

I recently witnessed a child having a tough time with separation in our program. As the teacher knelt down, looked the child in the eyes, and reflected on the child’s feelings, a nearby parent’s eyes filled with tears. It was such an intimate and caring moment, and one of many times that I am reminded of our teachers’ commitment to creating a safe and empathetic space for both children to learn emotional intelligence and develop fully, while parents also get to witness deep feelings and reflect, sometimes even at the same time! 

I know you agree that our teachers are as dedicated to our mission as anyone could ask. I would like to see their salaries reflect that, but I need some help. That’s why I am excited to announce that a couple of very generous families have pledged $30,000 in matching funds specifically toward raising our teachers’ salaries.

That means that, beginning today, your donations to Play Mountain Place will be doubled by matching funds. Every dollar you give — up to $30,000 — will be matched by these families’ gifts! I hope you will donate now to help us meet our goal and raise teachers’ salaries. 

Your donation, of any amount, will be doubled by matching funds, helping us to support our staff in a way we all know they deserve.

Warmly, Joe Ringlehan, Director

You can even set up a monthly donation online and send us a recurring contribution. Sending us a donation every month helps form a predictable source of income we can count on to fund and further our mission.

Is my gift tax-deductible? Play Mountain Place is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, therefore your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. Our federal tax identification number is 95-2581849. You should consult your financial planner or tax adviser to determine the exact tax advantages of any gift you are considering. We acknowledge all online gifts with a thank you letter that can be used to claim a tax deduction.

Once we receive your contribution, we’ll send a thank you letter for your taxes.

Planned Giving

“When drafting our Will we felt it important to include Play Mountain Place. We feel good knowing we could help sustain this beautiful place in a way that’s meaningful to us.”
— Roy Woolner and Michelle Weiner

Of all the gifts given in your lifetime, a bequest may be the most meaningful one you will ever make. Through your bequest, you can perpetuate your values and leave a lasting legacy by designating funds to Play Mountain Place.

The gift can be a specific bequest or a percentage of an estate. Types of gifts can include: cash, securities or property. Please be sure to notify us if you have chosen us as gift recipient. It would be our privilege to be able to thank and recognize you now. Contact Sonja Smith, at or 323-870-4381.

We sincerely thank you for your support!

Our Annual Events, the Spring Bazaar and Online Auction also help support Play Mountain Place. For a current line up of events, please see our News page. You can also keep in touch with what’s happening at the school by joining us on Facebook.

Support our long tradition of innovative, child-initiated, experiential education.