Woodlawn Annual Fund - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Woodlawn Annual Fund?
The Woodlawn Annual Fund is a significant source of current-use unrestricted funding that allows Woodlawn School to provide extra opportunities for our students. Your support goes toward academics, athletics, community service learning, and financial aid so even more talented students can become part of the Woodlawn community.

Why is it important for me to contribute?
As you may know from other nonprofits you support, program fees – in Woodlawn’s case, tuition – cover only part of annual expenses. (We believe, for instance, that it’s important to offer “extra” programs beyond traditional academics -- such as experiential field trips and serving learning opportunities – that are outside of the scope of tuition.) The remainder is covered by additional income, primarily gifts from generous donors like you, and our students benefit greatly.

Why doesn’t Woodlawn just raise tuition?
While tuition is adjusted slightly each year to address expenses necessary for day-to-day operations, we believe it’s important that a Woodlawn education remain affordable and accessible to the talented students who are admitted. We are grateful for the friends and families whose gifts create additional opportunities beyond the classroom.

How does an annual fund differ from a capital campaign? Can I contribute to Woodlawn’s expansion plans?
Annual Fund dollars provide unrestricted funding for annual operations, and capital gifts are restricted toward a specific building project, such as the upcoming campus expansion. Please contact Karen Martin if you’d like more information about making a capital gift in addition to your Annual Fund contribution.

How is the money from an annual fund allocated?
Annual fund dollars are unrestricted, which provides Woodlawn the flexibility to apply them where needed most as needs arise during the year: additional classroom equipment and repairs, for instance, or travel to post-season athletic competition, scholarship dollars for incoming students, emerging community service opportunities, and so forth.

Is my gift tax deductible?
Absolutely! Woodlawn School is designated as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. Our Form 990 tax returns are public record and can be found here.

Can my employer match my gift?
Yes! Many employers offer Employee Matching Gifts as a way to share the company’s generosity with the community. Once you make your gift, please contact your Human Resources Office to start the Matching Gift request process.

How can I make a gift to the Woodlawn Annual Fund?
Families typically choose to make outright gifts, to pledge a certain amount per month, or to make gifts of appreciated stock. Click here for some options. No matter how you donate, we are grateful for your support!

What is the timeline and goal for the 2014-15 Woodlawn Annual Fund?
Our goal is to raise $125,000 by June 30, 2015, the end of our fiscal year – and we will do it, with your help!

For more information about the Woodlawn Annual Fund, please contact Karen Martin, Director of Advancement.