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Giving to WWS – What Does it Look Like?

 A Fully-Involved Community
Our strength stems from our community: our dedicated faculty and staff, our shared belief in the Waldorf development philosophy and curriculum, and the commitment of our parents, alumni and parents of alumni. Together, our whole community supports the School through tireless volunteerism, financial support, and dedication to the vibrancy of our community. Just as our students discover daily that success relies on collaboration, pride in community and continuity of purpose—the strength of our organization depends on the contributions of all those who benefit from a Waldorf education. We are so grateful to our actively engaged community of involved parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends of the School who support our efforts through:

Annual Fund
Each year WWS asks parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to make an annual gift. Your tax-deductible contribution to the Annual Fund is vital in keeping the School financially healthy. The Washington Waldorf School (WWS), like virtually all independent schools, relies on the charitable gifts from its extended community to sustain the School and bridge the gap between tuition income and the actual cost of providing an extraordinary educational experience for our students. Last year, through the generous giving and participation of our extended community, we raised $224,000 with 84% participation and 100% participation in grades 1-6 and 11-12. Every gift counts and demonstrates the commitment we share to the continued success of the School.

 Capital Campaign
Build Our Vision is a $4.4 million capital campaign that will support critical building improvements to transform our building into a lasting home for future generations of WWS students. With the generous support of many in our community, we have currently raised $3.7 million. Your pledged gift to the campaign will help us raise the last $700,000 needed to meet our fundraising goal, and lead us towards the possible construction start date of June 2015. With your gift, we can Build Our Vision.

 Bazaar, and Spring Gala and Auction
In addition to the Annual Fund, our two large fundraisers are the fall bazaar and the spring gala and auction. The bazaar is a beloved 45-year tradition at WWS, which raises about $25,000, strengthens our parent and family community, and opens the School to a wider public. It takes a lot of hands to plan and carry out the bazaar, and we depend on each WWS parent to volunteer their time during the preparation and day off.  We also count on you enjoying the day at the Bazaar! This year’s Fall Bazaar will be held on November 22.

The spring gala and auction has grown into a major fundraiser in the last few years. Last year more than $100,000 was raised for the operating budget, financial aid, equipment for our movement program and new stage lighting. The gala features a live auction, as well as a special appeal for financial aid and one or two important projects that are outside the budget. We also hold an online auction that raises additional funds that go to the operating budget. These auctions are made possible by donations of goods and services from parents and others in our community, local businesses, and others. The 2015 gala will be held on May 9 at Calleva Farm.

Restricted Gifts
We recognize that some may wish to restrict their charitable support to specific projects. Although the School certainly appreciates restricted gifts, we ask that community members support the annual giving campaign first, as annual giving supports the operating budget of the School, which reflects the priorities of the faculty and Trustees Council.

Questions, Suggestions
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, about giving at WWS, please contact our development staff: Steve Smith, Director of Advancement and Communications, at 301-229-6107 x123 or at ssmith@washingtonwaldorf.org, Maria Monteverde Jackson, Director of Annual Giving and Events, at 301-229-6107 x125 or at mmonteverdejackson@washingtonwaldorf.org, or Caitlin Mackenzie, Capital Campaign Director at 301-229-6107 x127 or cmackenzie@washingtonwaldorf.org.