Woodlawn Annual Fund - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Woodlawn Annual Fund and what is the money used for?
Annual giving is a critical element of ongoing fundraising at Woodlawn School that allows for philanthropic gifts to the school. A core aspect of the Woodlawn curriculum is service learning — teaching students how they can make a difference in their community and beyond. The Woodlawn Annual Fund is a way for parents to reinforce these values, creating an opportunity to discuss philanthropic support from the perspective of monetary gifts.

A few of the ways annual giving can enhance the unique Woodlawn experience are:
• Additional instruments for our music program
• Upgraded sound and lighting equipment for dramatic productions
• Dedicated locker rooms with shower facilities
• Additional outdoor recreational space

How does my gift to the Woodlawn Annual Fund attract support from outside organizations?
Corporations, foundations and other friends of Woodlawn look first at the voluntary support provided by Woodlawn’s own community before deciding the level at which to support our school. A high participation rate from Woodlawn’s community is critical to receiving that funding. Every gift makes a difference.

How much should I give to the Woodlawn Annual Fund?
We ask our supporters to give to the Woodlawn Annual Fund at a level that is appropriate to their own budget and one that demonstrates their pride in being part of the Woodlawn community. The strength of the Woodlawn Annual Fund comes from collective giving; one donor’s gift of $100, combined with another’s gift of $1,000, and still another’s $10,000 gift has an incredible impact on the Woodlawn experience. Gifts of all sizes will be appreciatively received, economically utilized and acknowledged in the annual report.

How do I find out if my company offers a matching gift program?
Many companies will match their employees' gifts to Woodlawn. Any matching gift will be combined with yours to determine the giving level at which you will be recognized. Contact your human resources department to determine if your company has a matching gift policy.

What is the difference between annual and capital giving?
Capital giving typically has a specific project attached to a campaign, such as a new academic building, a gymnasium, or a performance hall. Annual giving is committed support to the sustainability of the school and generates additional funding to enhance existing programs and grow additional offerings.

When does the Woodlawn Annual Fund begin and end each year?
The Woodlawn Annual Fund begins on July 1 and closes on June 30 each year.