Support the 2016-17 Annual Fund
You can help!
On Friday, September 30th, 2016 our community kicked off our Annual Fund drive with coffee, treats, and a special thank you gift for donors. We have already surpassed $55,000 in donations! With the generous support of many contributors, we can achieved our $65,000 goal. Your contribution not only helps us meet immediate needs, it also demonstrates the extensive support we receive from our school community and beyond.
Click here to donate today and help us continue to thrive.
Questions and Answers about the Annual Fund
What is the Annual Fund?
The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh Annual Fund is made up of gifts from generous parents like you, alums, teachers, staff, parents of alums, former staff, grandparents, and friends. In 2015–16, gifts from more than 196 donors added up to $61,000 in support for some of our most precious projects. Your annual fund donation makes an immediate impact on the quality of the school and directly benefits your child and other students.
Why does the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh have an Annual Fund?
Tuition alone does not cover the costs of an independent school education. Like other schools and colleges, the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh relies on gifts to help meet annual expenses and provide funding for critical projects. Historically, the gap between tuition income and expenses is around 20% of the budget. Your generous donation helps us bridge this gap in the budget.
What does the Annual Fund do for the students and teachers of the Waldorf School?
The Annual Fund provides resources for the operating budget, which supports many things such as our
Eurythmy program, maintenance and expansion of our school, financial assistance for 40% of our students, as well as teachers’ salaries and compensation (maybe the most important!)—all aspects of the school from the nitty-gritty to the inspiring.
Why not raise tuition instead of asking me to give a donation?
The Board of Trustees tries to keep tuition as low as possible so as many families as possible will be able to afford a Waldorf Education. Raising tuition would restrict even further the number of families who could attend the school. At the same time, we must maintain the authenticity of our programs. Charitable contributions help us achieve both goals.
I pay tuition. Why are you asking me to do more?
By helping to cover the gap between what it actually costs to educate each student at the school each year and tuition, your gift to the Annual Fund directly influences the educational experience students have at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. The availability of more resources equals access to enhancing our very special learning environment. Also, contributions to the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh are tax-deductible, whereas tuition payments are not. When you donate to the Annual Fund you help keep tuition payments lower and your gift entitles you to a tax benefit.
How much am I expected to give?
We hope that every participant will be as generous as possible. We want you to give what you can to support our school and community with joy! In the past, donations have ranged from the pennies carried in by a student to more than $12,000. Gifts of all sizes are needed and welcome. Every dollar makes a difference, and every student benefits.
What if I can’t make a big donation?
While we rely on the generosity of leadership gifts, please realize that every gift—no matter the size—is
needed and important. We truly value participation in the Annual Fund. The percentage of parent support is important in the eyes of foundations and major donors. It is considered a sign of institutional strength when donors see broad-based giving from our community. When you give joyfully to your own school, foundations and other donors notice!
What if I can’t give right now?
There are ways we all can help. You can pledge now and defer your payment until later or pay in installments via your TADS account. All pledge payments must be received by the close of the Annual Fund, which is June 30, 2017.
Can I make a monthly donation?
Yes! A monthly donation is an excellent way to support the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. PayPal is still
available online. You may also make a monthly donation and have it rolled into your bill via TADS. A $20 monthly donation adds up to a significant $240 gift!
Will my company match my gift?
When you make a gift to WSP, you can double or triple its impact by checking with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gift program. Many companies and foundations match the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members, and retirees.
Who else is asked to give joyfully?
Everyone in the Waldorf community! If you’d like to pass along more information about the Annual
Fund to your parents, friends, or family we will send an e-mail for you to share. We hope you’ll share our request widely with your network.
What else do I need to know?
Our recent successes require continued expansion! Visit our lower level classroom and you can see the changes from last year. However, more growth is on the horizon. Every class, fifth grade and lower, is close to student capacity. In addition, Camp Waldorf summer camp has grown by 240% in the past three years and we would like to offer needs-based scholarships to new campers that live in the Bloomfield/Garfield/Friendship neighborhoods. A successful Annual Fund, supported by a large percentage of the Waldorf community, directly contributes to the experience students have at WSP. It affirms and celebrates all that we’ve grown and continue to grow together. It reflects our belief in the transformative power and beauty a Waldorf Education provides.
If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Christopherson-Clark, Head of School at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.441.5792 x231, or Bob Roberson, Business Manager at email@example.com or 412.441.5792 x225.