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.