Annual Giving

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River Valley Waldorf School thrives because of the generosity of families and friends who believe in our mission and are committed to our future. Every year we rely on this continued support to help us sustain the quality and depth of the education provided at River Valley. This support helps to ensure that the school is able to offer not only the core curriculum but also many of the creative and inspired programs that support the Waldorf way as we continue to grow and build our school.

Each year River Valley relies on many to make an annual gift in support of these efforts. Without these donations, the school would not be able to bridge the gap between the cost of providing a quality education and revenue from tuition. Every gift counts. No matter the amount. We strive to reach 100% participation from our entire community – parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends. A high percentage of participation is a true measure of the value of the education which River Valley Waldorf School provides. It shows that there are many who truly believe that the school is doing it right.

Money raised through Annual Giving supports all of the programs at the school, as well as building and grounds maintenance and general operating expenses. Once the Annual Fund goal is exceeded, funds can be earmarked for enhancement of specific programs and facilities. Your gift before June 30 will help keep our school on a solid financial foundation.

Common Questions About Annual Giving

I already pay tuition. Why should I give to the annual fund?
Annual giving is a vital supplement to tuition income. We make every effort to keep tuition as low as possible.  For this reason, tuition only covers approximately 80% of the actual costs associated with educating our children.  Annual giving contributions help bridge this gap and provide an opportunity to improve our school.

What payment options do I have?
You can pay your pledge in one single payment or in installments. Donations are accepted in the form of cash, checks, or credit cards, as well as through many other avenues – for example, gifts can be added to tuition payments, set up as an auto-payment from your credit card or bank account , or given in the form of stock. For additional information, please contact Stephanie Spencer, Development Coordinator.

How can I make my donation go even further?
Many families double or even triple their annual contributions by participating in Matching Gift programs sponsored by their employer.  Please check with the human resources department at your  company for specific policies.
You may also wish to pledge money in the form of a Challenge to encourage more participation. Please contact Stephanie Spencer, Development Coordinator to discuss this opportunity.

Can I make a Restricted Gift?
Unrestricted gifts ensure that funds are available for the areas of highest priority and greatest need. On the other hand, restricted gifts are those in which the donor directs contributions to a specific fund or program. Usually these gifts are of a size that covers most or all of the cost of the particular need or program. RVWS is able to accept restricted gifts that are consistent with the school’s mission, goals and development priorities. Examples of current areas of priority:

  • Scholarship/Tuition Assistance
  • Campus Expansion: we will soon need more classrooms
  • Science and Math Program
  • Music Program
  • Specific capital projects: such as replacing the tile floors, repainting interior walls, etc.
  • Endowment