General FAQ

What is CLIPCO?

The Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) does not fund all the Mandarin portion of the Cupertino Language Immersion Program (CLIP). When CLIP was initially established, the parents of the first students created CLIPCO, a non-profit 501(c)(3) support organization, as an easy way for parents to donate money to the program.

How is CLIP different from CLIPCO?

CLIP is the name of our program: Cupertino Language Immersion Program. CLIPCO is the non-profit support organization. CLIPCO stands for Cupertino Language Immersion Program Community Organization. CLIPCO consists of parent volunteers who are tasked with raising money to support CLIP.

What does CLIPCO do?

CLIPCO is responsible for raising money each year. Our biggest fundraiser is our Direct Give Campaign. If parents contribute each year, our students are ensured the best quality Mandarin learning possible. CLIPCO also helps to bring our CLIP community together by holding various CLIP events such as the the Chinese New Year Parade and CLIP Graduation.

What are some of the CLIPCO events?

CLIPCO events include Town Hall Meetings, the Chinese New Year Parade, CLIP Graduation, and the Mandarin Language Contest.

How is CLIPCO different from the PTA?

The PTA is responsible for raising money for ALL children of Meyerholz to help fund music, art, PE and technology for our school. PTA will also ask you for a separate donation to help fund the various programs at Meyerholz. CLIPCO funds only the Mandarin and supplemental portion of the CLIP curriculum not covered by the district and PTA. Your child benefits from both donations.

What is the CAC?

CAC is the Curriculum Advisory Committee. This committee was set up by the district to help make curriculum decisions with parent and teacher involvement. CAC and CLIPCO work collaboratively. The CAC board is composed of teachers, parents, and principals. They present funding needs to CLIPCO, which in turn raises the money to cover those needs. Please click here for more information.

What are the Goals of CLIPCO?

CLIPCO’s primary goal is to raise money and to support CLIP by reaching 100% participation level among families in CLIP. Each year we need to raise a significant amount of money to pay for the necessary parts of our program. CLIPCO also strives to increase communication, create a strong parent community, help us all embrace the Mandarin culture, and have fun.

How can your employer help CLIP?

Many companies provide charitable matching programs. In addition, some companies offer other giving and volunteer program that are equally important.

    Many companies provide charitable matching programs. In addition, some companies offer other giving and volunteer program that are equally important.
  • Applied Materials will give a $250 Grant to CLIP and Intel will donate $10/hour to CLIP if an employee volunteers a minimum of 20 hours a year.

Please check with your HR department for available programs. Send this information to clipco@cusdclipco.org and CLIPCO will spread the word to other parents to take advantage of these Corporate Community Programs.


Donations FAQ

What does my donation pay for?

Your donation pays for Mandarin texts, development of curriculum, duplication of curriculum, instructional aides, Mandarin books for the Library, and anything that pertains to the Mandarin portion of our program. Please click here for more information regarding the budget.

Why doesn’t the CUSD pay for the Mandarin portion of our program?

CUSD funds the English portion of the CLIP curriculum. Our students receive the same amount of money as other students in the Cupertino Union School District. However, additional funds are required each year to cover the Mandarin portion of the curriculum and its continued development.

Do other schools in the Cupertino Union School District ask for donations?

Yes, all the other alternative programs and regular programs ask for donations.

How do I know where my money is being spent?

CLIPCO works with the district to let parents know where the money is being spent. Every time there is a change in the state-mandated curriculum, the Mandarin portion must be updated, translated, and developed. Please click here for more information.

Why is 100% participation so important?

Full participation in the direct give campaign demonstrates the commitment of our parent community. It also ensures a quality Mandarin education and fulfills your family’s education goals.

How much should I give?

Each year the CLIPCO Board of Directors assess the need of the program and determine the suggested donation amount. Please check the Direct Give donation page for the current year’s suggested donation amount. Every donation, regardless of size, is important to CLIP and our kids. For the school year 2019-2020, the suggested donation is $425 per student for CLIP Kindergarten to 5th grade students and $200 for CLIP 6th grade to 8th grade students.

How can I give my donation?

CLIPCO accepts cash, checks made payable to CLIPCO, and credit cards. Please make a credit card payment or monthly installment plans by visiting on Donation page.

Does CLIPCO really need my donation?

Yes, if your child is in the program, your child uses new texts, receives Mandarin instruction, and benefits from all aspects of our program. Your donation ensures the ongoing success of our program for YOUR child.

Why should I donate?

CLIP depends completely on donations to fund the programs not covered by normal school district funds.

What does the donation support?

Homework Club, Bilingual and English Teacher’s Assistants, technology, CLIP Art, and Mandarin teacher professional development to name a few. Details can be found on the CLIPCO annual budget.

What happens if CLIPCO does not get enough donations?

CLIP depends on CLIPCO to raise the funds needed to keep the program running. In the event that CLIPCO is unable to raise the target donation amount, services such as Teacher’s Assistants, CLIP Art and Homework Club will have to be cut from the budget.

How much do the other Mandarin Immersion schools cost?

CLIP is the only public Mandarin immersion school program available in the Cupertino Union School District. However, there are private Mandarin immersion school programs in the region. Below are the 2018-2019 tuition fees for two of these private schools. The fees do not include additional fees such as enrollment, registration, and material fees.

International School of the Peninsula (Palo Alto)$30,850
Yew Chung International School (Mountain View)$26,200

When should I donate?

We welcome donations throughout the year, but only donations from the beginning of the school year through the Direct Give Campaign will be counted towards the Direct Give Campaign. To reduce the crunch during the Direct Give Campaign, we are encouraging people to donate early!

Why am I being asked to donate at the beginning of the school year?

Services provided to CLIP students are billed to CLIPCO by the school district. During October, CLIPCO is billed a large sum, equal to roughly half of its budget, to cover personnel expenses such as teacher’s assistants. Then in February, CLIPCO is asked to approve the budget for the following school year, which it can only do if it has sufficient funds to support the budget. For these reasons, donation drive takes place early in the school year to ensure that the program is not disrupted due to financial circumstances.

Can I donate on behalf of another family?

As long as the family has agreed to accept a donation on their behalf, CLIPCO is happy to accept the generous donation. If you are interested in sponsorship, whether on the giving or the receiving end, please contact one of your CLIPCO Representatives.

We are unable to make a donation this year. What can we do to help out?

We understand that not every family has the ability to donate the suggested donation amount. We ask that each family donate an amount that is within their ability. There are also other ways to help that will make a difference, such as organizing small fundraisers to help raise money for CLIP, or do volunteer work that helps CLIPCO keep its expenses down. Please speak to your class representative or anyone on the CLIPCO board to learn about your options. The Board of Directors can be found on our contact page.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Donations to CLIPCO, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is 100% tax-deductible. We will be sending out the tax receipt to each donor by January 31, 2020.

Why is CLIPCO asking for donations when it appears to have enough funds in its bank account?

In order to ensure that the CLIP program is not disrupted mid-year due to financial circumstances, CLIPCO must have the entire school year’s funds available at the start of each school year. As CLIPCO spends its funds to pay off program expenses throughout the current school year, it simultaneously raises the funds for the following school year. For this reason, the cash balance does not appear to change significantly throughout the school year even though large sums of transactions are taking place. The following graph demonstrates the typical cash flow that takes place during the school year:

The graph demonstrates that for the 2012-2013 school year, CLIPCO started with $338,000 and spent roughly $300,000 on program expenses, leaving it with just $40,000. However, it raised $290,000 during the same period which kept its cash balance at a stable number throughout the year.

How do I get corporate matching for my donation?

CLIPCO is a non-partisan and non-profit 501(3)(c) organization. Many companies provide their employees the benefit of corporate matching for their favorite non-profit organizations. Since each company does it differently, please contact your company’s HR or Benefits department to inquire about how your donation may be maximized through a corporate matching program.

Organization NameCupertino Language Immersion Program Community Organization
EIN (Tax ID)920193803
PurposeFinancially support the Cupertino Language Immersion Program, an educational program within the Cupertino Union School District.
AddressP.O. Box 1344, Cupertino, CA 95015
ContactKevin Jung and Mirna Wu, Co-Treasurers (treasurer@cusdclipco.com)

FAQ’S ABOUT THE DIRECT GIVE COMPETITION (DGC)

When is the contest taking place?

The Direct Give Contest will take place between September 8, 2020 until October 12, 2020..

Why do we need a contest to drive donations?

The Direct Give Contest is an annual event that encourages friendly competition to raise funds for CLIP. Since it started in 2010-2011, the participation rate has jumped from roughly 50% in the previous years to nearly 100%! The high participation rate allows us to keep the suggested donation amount low since the more families donate, the less each family needs to donate in order to keep the program afloat. The high participation rate is also a strong indication of the community’s commitment and support of the program.

What are the prizes this year?

Due to the online learning situation with COVID-19, we are doing something different this year with prizes for the campaign. To help keep the money where it is needed most when a student’s family donates the minimum give amount per student, the student will get the choose a prize to donate to their classroom from among a list of most needed teacher items. All students can receive a T-shirt this year. The T-shirt is no longer linked to participation in the DGC campaign. The top class at Meyerholz and top grade at Miller with the most participation and most money raised will receive a class party when school reopens.

What is the “CLIPCO Supporter’s Honor Roll”?

CLIP depends completely on donations to fund the curriculum programs not covered by normal school district funds. For this reason, we are grateful for the financial support of our community and would like to recognize our donors. Donors are recognized on our website throughout the school year. The donation amounts that qualify for the tiers are per student.

What are the methods of donation?

Donations can be made by check or credit/debit card or through your companies matching portal (Benevity, YourCause, etc).  To help us track your donation (tax receipts and for class rankings), please fill out this online form: online pledge form

For check payments, after you fill out the online pledge form, print your confirmation and add your Child’s name, grade and room # to the check memo.  Checks can be 1) mailed to P.O. Box 1344 Cupertino, CA 95015, 2) dropped off at the Meyerholz Elementary school office, 3) presented to your teacher (If in person), or 4) your CLIPCO Representative.  Checks should be made out to: CLIPCO

Credit card, debit card, or PayPal payment can be made online at our donate page.


CLIP Registration Questions

District Information

CLIP K-5th grades: Meyerholz Elementary School

CLIP 6-8th grades: Miller Middle School

Do I have to live within the boundaries of the district in order to join CLIP?

You have to live within the district boundaries at the time you register for school in order to apply to the program. In order to remain in the program CUSD residency is required.

How do I apply to the program?

There are three main enrollment requirements to be eligible for CLIP registration:

  1. Follow the procedures for general district registration.
  2. Attend a mandatory CLIP Tour.
  3. Follow the procedures and meet the deadlines for Open Enrollment for the CLIP program.

Please visit the sites below for specific information and note that the CLIP K-5 tours start in November and run through January. There is a single CLIP 6-8 tour December 13th.

CLIP K-5: registration site

CLIP 6-8: registration site

Does the CLIP program teach traditional or simplified Chinese?

Students at Meyerholz will begin learning written Chinese using zhuyin in conjunction with traditional characters. They will use traditional characters during the primary grades. Students will begin learning pinyin in grades 4 and 5 for use with computers and pleasure reading. Students in grades 6-8 will continue to use traditional characters as the basis of the program, but will also be introduced to simplified characters.

What are the chances of getting my child into the program after kindergarten?

After kindergarten, the chances of joining the program are dependent on a space being available for the student.

How can I help my child if I do not speak Mandarin at home?

It is not necessary for Mandarin to be spoken in the home in order for your child to be successful in the program.

Do siblings have priority?

Sibling priority will be given to siblings of in-district students currently attending the respective school who register during the registration window.

Are children allowed on school tours?

No children of any age are allowed on the tours. This is not only a safety issue but we also want to minimize the disruption when visiting classrooms.

I can not make the tour, what do I do?

Attendance at one of the four tours offered is MANDATORY. Only the parent of the child can attend (relatives sent in place of the parent are not accepted) Individual tours cannot be arranged.