Annual Fund 2017-18

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Support the 2017-18 Annual Fund
You can help!

On Friday, September 29th, 2017 our community kicked off our Annual Fund drive with coffee, treats, and a special thank you gift for donors. With the generous support of many contributors, we can achieve 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 embrace our future.
 

$5,000 Anonymous Matching Challenge!
If you haven’t yet made your donation, it is not too late and all donations are welcome. As a challenge to get as many community members as possible to join us, a very generous anonymous couple (and proud WSP grandparents) will match ANY gift made between now and Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2017) up to $5,000! Give joyfully to help WSP reach our $65,000 goal! If you’d like to contribute, you can do so online at our GoFundMe page, drop off your donation in the front office, or email Bob Roberson to have your donation added to your billing account in TADS.

Spotlight On Expansion

Questions and Answers about the Annual Fund

Do you have questions about the Annual Fund? We have answers! On Friday, September 29th our community kicks off our Annual Fund Drive and we need your support! Join us during morning drop-off for Coffee on the Grounds, an eco-friendly WSP insulated lunch bag for you when you make your donation, and the deep gratitude of our staff, teachers, and students who depend on the money raised every year.

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 2016–17, gifts from more than 285 donors added up to $61,650 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.

What does the Annual Fund do for the students and teachers of the Waldorf School?
The Annual Fund provides resources for our operating budget in support of all aspects of the school, from the nuts-and-bolts of maintaining the building to larger mission-driven work: our Eurythmy program, expansion of the school, financial assistance for 52% of our families, and (perhaps most importantly!) teachers’ salaries and compensation.

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, 2018.

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 yearly 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 continued success requires expansion! Every class, fifth grade and lower, is at or near student capacity. More growth is on the horizon. Since 2012, we have created six new classrooms. Visit our third grade classroom and you can see the most recent change in our building from last year. We are just one 8th grade classroom away from completing Phase 1 of our Master Plan. In addition to 243 students enrolled at WSP this year, Camp Waldorf summer camp continues to grow. Last year, we offered our first needs-based scholarships to new campers that live in the Bloomfield, Garfield, and Friendship neighborhoods. A successful Annual Fund, supported by a large percentage of the Waldorf community, directly contributes to the experience children have at WSP. It affirms and celebrates all that we’ve embraced and continue to embrace 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
kcclark@waldorfpittsburgh.org or 412.441.5792 x231, or Bob Roberson, Business Manager at broberson@waldorfpittsburgh.org or 412.441.5792 x225.

Embracing Our Future

 

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