Woodlawn Annual Fund - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Woodlawn Annual Fund and what is the money used for?
Annual giving is the most important element of ongoing fundraising at Woodlawn School as it bridges the gap between what tuition provides and the cost of a Woodlawn education. The Woodlawn Annual Fund helps provide for items in the operating budget such as classroom supplies, the latest technology, arts, athletics, special programs and retaining a faculty that supports Woodlawn’s one-of-a-kind education experience. Just a few of the recent purchases that have been made possible because of annual giving are:
• Cellos, violins, violas and base instruments to enhance the Woodlawn music program.
• Mounted projectors and document cameras for classrooms.
• A chicken coop in order for our kindergarteners to watch the process of egg hatching.
Why doesn’t Woodlawn increase tuition to cover the full cost of educating each student?
Large tuition increases may prohibit many families from obtaining a Woodlawn education, and in turn alter the environment we strive to provide which encourages multiple perspectives, social responsibility and integrated learning. Through tax-deductible donations to the Woodlawn Annual Fund, we can keep tuition costs more affordable and also offer financial assistance to deserving students.
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?
Annual gifts are used for annual expenses. Capital gifts are used for building and special projects. The Woodlawn Annual Fund helps us live. Capital funds help us grow.
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.