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.

Woodlawn Annual Fund

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. Our Parent Volunteer Committee creates a similar link to philanthropic gifts of time and talents.

Woodlawn is making a concerted effort to change the role of the annual fund its yearly operating budget. Instead of using philanthropic dollars as a way to close the gap between tuition revenue and the cost of education, Woodlawn is committed to lowering its dependency on the annual fund and function entirely within its tuition and other operating revenue. Gifts to Woodlawn can be used as a means to enhance academic and extracurricular offerings and potentially to provide additional facilities. It is our goal that the Woodlawn Annual Fund provides resources to develop the best opportunities for both current and future generations of Woodlawn students.

A high level of participation in the annual fund is a strong indication of support for Woodlawn’s mission and can influence financial support from outside organizations. As Woodlawn continues to seek outside funding for its one-of-a-kind educational experience, 100 percent participation in the annual fund will help strengthen its ability to secure those resources.

The Woodlawn Annual Fund runs from July 1 to June 30 every year. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support of the Woodlawn Annual Fund.

To learn more about the Woodlawn Annual Fund, please contact Erica Madden, Director of Marketing and Development, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 704-895-8653.