It’s time to celebrate the things we can do…
Woodlawn School families and friends,
We hope you are enjoying the fun and sun of summer. Hard to believe that it’s more than half over!
Now that the accounting books are officially closed after the June 30 fiscal year end, we wanted to give you the final numbers on a record-breaking year for the 2015 Woodlawn Annual Fund, all thanks to you.
Together, we raised a total of $161,607.17 – the highest amount ever raised for the Woodlawn Annual Fund. Also applause-worthy: 78.67% of Woodlawn School families contributed – the highest percentage in Woodlawn history.
Even more important than the numbers and statistics is the impact that your gifts have made. Our initial goal was $125,000 – which we committed toward hiring a school nurse; toward new uniforms as required by the NCISAA, our new athletic conference; toward a new reading program for our Lower School students; and toward professional development for our teachers.
Because you helped us surpass that initial goal – by more than 29 percent! – Woodlawn School was able to:
Thank you for providing our students and teachers with even greater opportunities to excel, through your gift to the 2015 Woodlawn Annual Fund. We look forward to seeing what next year brings!
Meet our Leadership Team.
"We give to the Woodlawn Annual Fund because we are so appreciative of the positive influence the school has had on our lives. Our gift is our way of showing support for that influence and to help make the Woodlawn experience possible for some students that may not otherwise have access to it."
Jay & Charlotte Neal
Parents of William '14, Rachel '17, & Wesley '19
“We donate to the Annual Fund because we whole-heartedly believe in the Woodlawn School mission. Our contribution, along with many others, provides the additional opportunities necessary for the development of lifelong learners.“
Kellie & Michael Campbell
Parents of Megan ’26 & Will ’31
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.
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.
To make a gift, click here.