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

The Woodlawn Annual Fund is a critical element of support at Woodlawn School that allows us to be flexible and responsive with regard to current year expenses. While tuition income is carefully budgeted to meet the anticipated needs of the upcoming year – teacher and staff salaries, classroom supplies, athletic competition, campus maintenance, financial aid, and so forth – it covers about 92.2% of our expenses. The remainder is covered by additional income, primarily gifts from generous donors like you who are committed to the Woodlawn experience.

Maybe you give in celebration of your student's success at Woodlawn. Maybe you give to show your support for the learning experiences your child has enjoyed here, or to help make Woodlawn affordable for other talented students. Or maybe you give so that Woodlawn can continue to look outward as we aim to serve an even larger student population in the future. No matter why you give, your generosity has a huge impact on our students, today and tomorrow. Thank you for supporting the Woodlawn Annual Fund.

But Wait, There’s More…

Your gift to the Woodlawn Annual Fund can help us attract support from outside organizations!
When we approach corporations, foundations and other friends of Woodlawn for gifts, they ask us about the voluntary support provided by Woodlawn’s own community before deciding how and whether to support our school. They want to know that our own families support our work. A high participation rate from Woodlawn’s community is critical to receiving external funding, so every gift makes a difference.

Your gift should be comfortable for you.
We ask only that our families and friends support Woodlawn’s academic excellence at a level 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, together with another’s gift of $1,000, and still another’s of $10,000, has an incredible impact on the Woodlawn student experience. Gifts of all sizes will be appreciatively received, used to improve our learning environment, and acknowledged in our annual report.

You can double the power of your gift!
Many companies will match their employees' gifts to Woodlawn. Your gift, plus your employer match, will be combined to determine your annual giving level. Contact your human resources department to determine if your company has a matching gift policy.

The Woodlawn Annual Fund welcomes gifts between July 1 and June 30 of each academic year. For more information, contact Karen Martin, Director of Advancement, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 704.895.8653.

To make a gift, click here.