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 to the School that
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
In 2014-15, The Campaign for the Next
20 Years, is about filling the gap in our overall budget, which
increased this year due to funding our work toward accreditation with
the Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA), the
addition of our Pedagogical Administrator and Office Manager positions
to increase our support of our faculty and parent bodies, and the
unique gap this year from graduating our first eighth grade but not
increasing our overall grades program this year. These initiatives are
all part of our developing as a maturing Waldorf school, while we look
closely ahead toward our first 20 year anniversary.
There are many different methods available for making a tax-deductible
donation during the campaign (Oct. 15, 2014 through Jan. 31,
2015). One time payments can be made by cash, check, or credit
card, and an option of recurring payments is available. You may donate
by filling in a form at the main office or by donating online.
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.
Campaign Frequently Asked Questions What is the Annual
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
Tuition and other fees cover about generally about 90-95% of the annual
of the school, and the purpose of the Annual Giving Campaign is to help
this gap. Income from SCRIP,
Amazon and Café Press, and Parent Association-sponsored fundraising
events also go toward annual operating expenses. This year,
our total fundraising goal is to raise $170,000 to fill a gap in our
How much should I
This year, our goal for Annual Giving is $140,000. To make this a
reality, each family at Sanderling is asked to consider a donation of
$600 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.
How else do we raise
funds at Sanderling?
This year, Annual Giving is the major campaign for Sanderling. We raise
funds also through SCRIP, Amazon and Café Press. Please see the school store
page for more information.
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.