The best things in life aren’t things.
— Art Buchwald
Why We Ask
Like all private schools, tuition only accounts for part of the school’s annual operating budget. In our case, tuition covers 77% and we rely on donations from our families, summer families, grandparents, and Alumni to make up the difference. The revenue that WDS receives from events like the Auction and the Annual Fund make it possible for the school to pursue an educational mission that prioritizes small classes; excellence in teaching; creative, experiential learning; and an end-to-end community that teaches citizenship and compassion in equal measure.
Ways to Contribute
Each year, parents and staff join together to organize events like the Auction, Wild Woman Clothing Swap, Soundout and the Spring Book Fair. These special events bring our community together as a way to have fun while we raise the funds we need to keep our wonderful school running. The funds we raise from these events plus the Annual Fund make up the difference between tuition revenue and our annual operating costs. Our annual Auction brings the WDS community together to celebrate our school! The Auction offers an opportunity to connect with new parents, get to know teachers better, socialize with old friends, and enjoy an adults-only night out filled with fun, laughter, and some of the best musicians in the area replicating all the great songs from Woodstock '69. This event not only provides our community with a joyful night to remember, it also helps raise vital funds to support our school and the amazing, enriching educational experience the students receive at Woodstock Day School.
The Annual Fund
The WDS Annual Fund is an organized effort to encourage every member of the WDS community, from Trustees to Alumni to Parents to Faculty and Staff, to make an annual tax-deductible donation to our school. Because Annual Fund Dollars support the operating costs of the school, those dollars touch every aspect of the school: when you see your child drumming at a Lower School Gathering, that’s the Annual Fund at work. When your child’s teacher really understands who your child is and what she needs, that’s the Annual Fund at work. Programs like the Tribes Curriculum, which teaches empathy and citizenship, or Singapore Math, which teaches conceptual understanding of mathematics, or our beautiful and fragrant garden, a site for hands-on science learning, are all examples of Annual Fund dollars at work. From people to programs to facilities, your gifts make it possible for WDS to give our children a “one-of-a-kind" experience. Our Annual Fund goal this school year is $125,000 and 100% participation from parents, faculty, staff and Board members.
Raise the Paddle and Restricted Donations
Unlike Special Events or the Annual Fund, restricted donations go in a separate pot and are restricted to funding a specific area or program. For example, our state-of-the-art Media Center exists thanks to a restricted donation from Markertek. At the Auction, the Raise the Paddle portion of the evening offers the chance to make a restricted donation to support a specific school program that benefits the whole community. The teachers, many of whom join us for the auction, have a say in choosing which program to support.
This year’s Raise the Paddle repeats the amazing opportunity we had last year to make our dollars go further than ever before thanks to the incredible challenge grant we received from the Marilyn and Jim Simons Foundation in 2015. All funds raised for the STEM Challenge Grant will also be restricted to building our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs and matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 each year until February 28, 2019!
We feel strongly about our responsibility to educate our students to be active citizens in a rapidly changing world. To that end, we will focus the grant on the themes of Ecology and Technology. From Nursery School to 12th grade, WDS students will utilize the resources of our campus and Watershed region to learn about our changing environment, and to build the skills and creativity to develop innovative solutions to the challenges of the future.
You can raise your paddle to help contribute to this exciting initiative. Please give as generously as you can – every dollar you give will be matched by the Marilyn and Jim Simons Foundation’s grant and this is our last big opportunity to meet this challenge!
If you would like to make an unrestricted tax deductible donation to the Annual Fund right now, please click on the Make A Donation link on the left of this page! Thank you.
Employer Matching Gift Programs
You may be able to double or even triple your gift to Woodstock Day School through your employer’s matching gift program. Many companies match their employee’s charitable donations. Please talk with your human resource department to ask if your company has such a program and to find out how to take advantage of it. Then please contact the School Business Office at 845-246-3744, ext.105.