Frequently Asked Questions about Giving

Every gift made to the Corlears Annual Fund helps secure and enhance this visionary school. 100% community participation showcases our community's engagement with living the mission. 

 

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a yearly campaign that completes our annual operating budget. The Annual Fund supports the gap between the cost of tuition and the actual expense of educating each student - roughly $4,000 for each Corlears student. The Annual Fund provides the support we need to expand the breadth and depth of our curriculum, attract and retain faculty while maintaining our commitment to low student-to-teacher ratios, sustain the operation and maintenance of exceptional facilities, and augment financial aid.

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Why should we support the Annual Fund when we already pay tuition?

At Corlears, as at most independent schools, tuition and other earned income cover only a portion of the cost of educating each student, with the remainder made up by fundraising. Annually Corlears must bridge the gap between tuition and the full cost of a comprehensive education. The current gap is approximately $4,000 for each Corlears student.

But more than that, the Annual Fund helps Corlears to grow from its roots. Every gift above the cost of the gap funds the aspirational projects that make us better. An increased gift to the Annual Fund helps us to:

  • Provide professional development services for our teachers so they can continue to learn and grow every day;

  • Provide financial aid, which helps create a community of learners from the broadest range of backgrounds and ensures that children, regardless of their families’ financial resources to sufficiently pay tuition, will have the opportunity to attend Corlears.

  • Support social justice work and anti-bias education training for faculty and staff; supporting more effective classroom teaching and community building.

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Who is being asked to participate in the Annual Fund?

All of our parents, trustees, alumni parents, alumni, faculty and staff are being asked to participate - our whole community! Our goal is 100% community participation because when we all participate, the community grows stronger, the annual benefits us all and we all live the mission.

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If I can't make a large gift, does a small gift really make a difference

Yes! We need and value every gift, regardless of the size. It's important for us that everyone chips in, and over the past couple of years, many of our donors gave $500 or less, which equated to tens of thousands of dollars.

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How much should I donate to the Annual Fund?

Annual Fund gifts to Corlears range in size from below $500, all the way up to $50,000.

Every gift matters and makes a difference. We ask families to make a gift that is commensurate with both their financial capacity and desire to have an impact.

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Are Annual Fund gifts tax deductible?

Corlears is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Unlike tuition fees, all contributions to the Annual Fund are deductible pursuant to the prevailing tax laws. All donors to the Annual Fund will receive a letter noting their gift amount, date of gift, and the disclosure that no goods or services were provided.

Corlears is so much more than a school. We are a leader in progressive education. We are a home for age-appropriate care and development. We have a curriculum that values compassion, imagination, and critical thinking. We are a safe space for self-awareness and growth. We are a community.

Thank you for being our partner!

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