Dear London Waldorf School Supporter,
London Waldorf School is a vibrant learning community where education, based on a deep understanding of the developing child, integrates the intellectual with the artistic, the practical with the beautiful—fostering the ability to engage more fully in the world.
Like other Waldorf schools, London Waldorf School is a not-for profit organization that relies on the generosity of its community to support its annual operating budget. The school consciously looks at economics in a different way, with the belief that economy must be rooted in social responsibility. Entrepreneur and Waldorf supporter Bob Monsen asserts that:
“It is essential that all aspects of the school community operate out of the same spiritual and social understanding that underlies the education. The health of the school depends on each individual and group working with the school as a living whole.”
Contributors to the Annual Giving Fund become stewards of Waldorf education, social renewal, and a healthy community.
Common Questions About the Annual Giving Fund
Why are contributions to the Annual Giving Fund necessary?
Unlike public schools, which are funded by tax dollars, independent schools rely solely upon tuition revenues and philanthropic gifts to meet operating and capital expenses. London Waldorf School is self-governed, and operates without financial support from federal or provincial government agencies. Tuition fees currently cover approximately 90% of the basic costs of operating the school.
The school works to make up a portion of the remaining 10%, or roughly $150,000 through revenue from fundraising events, summer camps and facility rentals. Donations also make up a significant portion of this 10%. Therefore, the school relies on the collective economic support of the community through the Annual Giving Fund.
What is the idea of Collective Economics, and what impact does this have on the school, and its financial picture?
The idea of Collective Economics is a free exchange of resources where all participants contribute whole-heartedly, and to their greatest ability. This impacts the school by allowing London Waldorf School to welcome a diverse body of students and families that fairly represent the surrounding community, to significantly increase enrollment which supports stronger and more vibrant classes, and to provide more children with a Waldorf education through our accessible tuition program. Families giving more than their agreed upon tuition amount is critical to maintaining a healthy financial picture for the school.
The spirit behind Collective Economics is that all families contribute freely to the well-being of the school, in all the ways they are able to and, in turn, the school freely contributes to the well-being of the families in all the ways it is able to. This exchange embodies the awareness that collectively we have greater strength and together we can make a difference.
Why not just raise tuition?
No independent school can charge the full cost of educating its students without making the cost of tuition prohibitive for all but the wealthiest families. Donations to the Annual Giving Fund help to make up the difference between the tuition fees charged and the actual costs of educating each student.
I already pay tuition. Why should I give to the Annual Giving Fund?
Annual Giving is a vital supplement to tuition income. Every effort is made to keep tuition as low as possible. For this reason, tuition fees only cover approximately 90% of the actual costs associated with educating our children. Annual Giving contributions help bridge this gap and provide an opportunity to improve our school.
Who supports the Annual Giving Fund?
In independent school communities like ours, the parent body bears a major portion of the current financial responsibility through both tuition and donations. Donations to the Annual Giving Fund come from board members, parents, grandparents & special friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of Waldorf education. It is also essential that a broad network of friends from the wider community support the school. The encouragement of donations from grandparents, employers, and those with common interests helps to fulfill the goals of the Annual Giving Fund. The Board of Trustees of London Waldorf School endorse collective economic support through a commitment to 100% participation in the Annual Giving Fund.
How much should I give?
Each contribution generates enthusiasm and allows everyone to have a stake in the greater future. There is no contribution that is too small! The school’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all of its members and greater community. Every gift is met with gratitude and appreciation.
Can I make a donation, and restrict what it is used for?
Restricted gifts are those in which the donor directs contributions to a specific need. Usually these gifts significantly cover most or all of the cost of the particular need or program. London Waldorf School is able to accept restricted gifts that are consistent with the school’s mission, goals and development priorities as determined by the faculty and Board of Trustees.
Unrestricted gifts ensure that funds are available for the areas of highest priority and greatest need.
Examples of past restricted gifts are:
a. Support for our arts and music curriculum
b. Campus improvements
c. Professional development
d. Debt repayment
Contact our Manager of Finance, Sumeet Khullar, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to make a restricted gift.
How can I make my donation go even further?
GIFT MATCHING! Many families double or even triple their annual contributions by participating in Matching Gift programs sponsored by their employer. Please check this list of some employers who are known to offer support with donations. This list is not comprehensive, so if your employer is not listed, please check with your human resources department for specific policies.
What payment options do I have?
You can make your donation in one single payment or in installments. Donations in person are accepted in the form of cash, cheques, debit or credit cards. Additionally, you can add your gift to your tuition payments or set up an auto-payment from your bank account to keep things really simple! For additional information, please contact Sumeet Khullar, Manager of Finance at email@example.com.
Can I make a donation online?
You can make your donation by completing the donation form, or contributing online HERE, or using the DONATE NOW button on this page. This service is managed by CanadaHelps.org, a secure online donation service.
Will I get a tax receipt for my donation to the Annual Giving Fund?
Donations of $20 or more are usually eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Please contact Sumeet Khullar, Manager of Finance firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thank you for your consideration and support!
Mark Goldszmidt, Chair of the Board of Trustees