Annual Giving Campaign
Annual giving is a yearly fundraising event that offers an opportunity
to help grow the school and broaden awareness of its programs among the
greater community. The financial reality is that tuition typically
covers only about 90% of the cost of providing this wonderful
education. The annual giving campaign is one of the means to help
bridge this gap, providing essential contributions toward the day to
day operations of the school which are tax deductible for the
donor. These funds not only help us pay for important things such
as specialty classes, faculty development, tuition assistance for
families in need, and the beautiful equipment that graces our
classrooms, but in 2013/14, funds raised in annual giving will help us
rebuild our cash reserves after the move to our new campus and fill the
gap in our current operating budget.
Ways to Contribute
There are many different methods available for making a tax-deductible
donation during the campaign (Nov. 11, 2013 through Jan. 31,
2014). One time payments can be made by cash, check, or credit
card, and an option of recurring payments for current Sanderling
parents, staff and faculty is available. You may donate and pay online
at the Donate link below, or print and return this form
Donations of marketable securities are also accepted. Many
employers also offer employer matches for your donation, so be sure to
check with them to help stretch your much valued gift even further.
Annual Giving Campaign Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Annual Giving campaign?
The Annual Giving campaign is a direct appeal to trustees, parents,
grandparents, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends for financial
contributions in support of the school’s operating budget.
Why is Annual Giving necessary?
Tuition and other fees cover about 90% of the annual operating expenses
of the school, and the purpose of the Annual Fund is to help bridge
this gap. Income from SCRIP and other Parent Association-sponsored
fundraising events also go toward annual operating expenses. This year,
our fundraising goal is to raise $85,300 to fill a gap in our current
How much should I give?
This year, our goal for Annual Giving is $50,000. To make this a
reality, each family at Sanderling is asked to consider a donation of
$500 or more. However, we appreciate that not everyone may be in a
position to give this full amount, and some others may be able to
contribute more and make up the difference. To that end, we ask that
you consider the funds required to achieve our goal and give to the
best of your ability.
Why do we ask for full community participation?
The school’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of
all members. As in year’s past, full participation is key to
demonstrating our community’s commitment to the school. This is
especially important for outreach purposes as well as showing to
potential foundation and endowment donors that we have consistent
support from those we serve.
Why not raise tuition?
We want to keep the cost of providing our wonderful education
accessible and competitive with other local independent schools. Annual
Giving is a common way that most independent school’s raise those extra
funds and keep tuition costs reasonable for their parent
community. Tuition is a non-tax-deductible contracted
contribution to the school, while gifts to Annual Giving are fully
How else do we raise funds at Sanderling?
In addition to asking everyone in the school to participate in Annual
Giving, we have several events and ongoing initiatives each year
focused on fundraising, such as this year’s Craft Fair, our Spring
Fundraiser (to be announced), restaurant night fundraisers (most
recently at Souplantation) and the scrip program. Each of these
helps to raise funds for the operating budget.
Do corporations and foundations support our Annual Giving campaign?
Corporations typically contribute to independent schools by offering
matching gifts to their employees’ contributions. Several families in
our school are able to double their personal contributions through
their employer’s matching gift programs – you may want to check with
your employer to see if such a program is in place where you work.
Read what some of our community has to say about the School and the
programs that you will be helping to support.
Education has been such an unexpected gift in our lives. Not
is the Waldorf approach a beautiful and incredibly thoughtful
educational system, but the intimate extended-family feel of our sweet,
growing school provides such a warm and caring community for the whole
family. The children are happy and excited to learn at Sanderling,
because the faculty nurtures the cognitive, emotional, and artistic
capabilities of the children and does so in a joyful and fun
~ Marjorie M., SWS
Parent of 3