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Giving FAQ

What is Annual Giving?


The Annual Giving Campaign is a yearly direct appeal to our community of parents, faculty, staff, trustees, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, and friends of WSP for financial contributions in support of the school's day-to-day operating budget. It is a way to sustain the highest functioning of the school while keeping tuition increases as minimal as possible. Tuition is not tax-deductible, but as the Waldorf School of Princeton is a 501(c)3 non-profit independent school, gifts to Annual Giving are tax-deductible.




Why does our school depend on annual giving when each family already pays tuition?


Simply put, the real cost of educating our students is greater than the cost of tuition. The remaining gap must be funded through other sources – and for ours, like for most independent schools, that primarily means the annual fund. Unlike public schools, which are funded by tax dollars, WSP relies solely on revenue from tuition and philanthropic gifts to meet operating expenses. That extra support helps us offer what makes Waldorf so special: talented teachers, smaller classes, diverse arts, outdoor education, staff development, and beautiful grounds.




Why not just raise tuition?


WSP is committed to keeping tuition increases minimal so that it can stay as competitive and accessible as possible. Furthermore, the collective investment in our annual fund builds a stronger, more unified community.




Who supports The Annual Fund?


Every segment of the school community gives to The Annual Fund: The Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni, and friends. We strive for 100% participation as a testament to our community's dedication and indication of how much they value this education for their children.




Why is participation important?


The school's financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all members of its constituency. Your participation generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you. It is also a key indicator to foundation and corporate donors that we have consistent support from those we serve, both past and present. When 100% of the people who benefit from our organization also care enough to donate, this sends a strong message helping us to obtain outside grants and gifts.




How much should I give?


An artistically and academically rich education is an investment. We ask each family to give to their family's best ability. Some families truly cannot afford to give that much, yet others in the community are blessed with the means to contribute more. Many families make their gift in monthly installments to maximize their contribution over time. Please consider making your child’s education and school your top philanthropic priority and be as generous as you can. We are deeply grateful for gifts of all sizes.




Does this apply to me if I receive tuition assistance?


Yes - we strive for 100% participation from our entire parent body, regardless of the size of the gift. Every gift counts. Please give a gift that is meaningful to you.




Does it matter when I make my gift?


Yes. A gift or pledge made early in the school year is a great advantage to the School because it enables us to know how much money will be available to support the School’s budget throughout the year.





For more information on active capital campaigns or immediate fundraising needs, please contact us at development@princetonwaldorf.org.