YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
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:
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 $316,000 with 84% participation. Every gift counts and demonstrates the commitment we share to the continued success of the School.
Build Our Vision capital campaign was launched in November 2013 to raise funds for critical building improvements to create a lasting home for current and future generations of WWS students. With the generous support of more than 300 community members, we successfully raised $4.8 million by June 2015, and completed the planned renovations in September 2015. Charitable gifts have allowed the school to Build Our Vision. Please see our school renovation page for our construction story.
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 critical funds for our operating budget, 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! The Fall Bazaar is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and will be held this year on November 21, 2015 from 10am - 3pm. We will host a preview night on Friday, November 20, 2015 -- stay tuned for more details!
The spring gala and auction has grown into a major fundraiser in the last few years. The 2016 gala and auctioned raised more than $100,000 for the essential needs of the school, including support for our financial aid program and the purchase of a new school bus. The 2015 gala and auction raised more than $100,000 for the operating budget, financial aid, and new furnishings for our soon-to-be completed new entrance hall and reception. The 2014 gala and auction raised 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 2016 gala was held on May 7 at Calleva Farm.
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. Please see "ways to give" for information on charitable giving to WWS.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, about giving at WWS, please contact our development staff: Caitlin MacKenzie, Director of Development, at 301-229, 6107, ext. 127; and Maria Monteverde-Jackson, Director of Events and Community Relations, at 301-229-6107 x125 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.