About Giving at Aspen Country Day School
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Annual Fund support?
The Annual Fund directly enhances our students' experience by supporting areas of the school's budget such as:
- financial assistance
- teaching excellence
- student enrichment
What is the goal for the Annual Fund?
100 percent participation from current families.
Why should I donate to Aspen Country Day School?
Philanthropy is at the core of what we do; it allows us to live out our mission. Philanthropic giving to Aspen Country Day School allows our community members to show their support for our students and offers an opportunity to advocate for a school and mission they passionately believe in.
Why am I being asked to donate to Aspen Country Day School on top of paying tuition?
Tuition alone does not cover the full expense for a student to attend Aspen Country Day School. As an independent school and registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Aspen Country Day School relies on the generosity of our community to make up the gap between expenses and revenue from tuition and fees. For the 2017-18 school year, this gap is approximately $4,000 per student. Aspen Country Day has a longstanding culture of generosity that allows us to offer our students the best educational experience possible. This support and solidarity speak to the power of community at Aspen Country Day School.
What is the difference between a gift to the Annual Fund and a gift to the Capital Campaign?
The Annual Fund supports operating expenses in the annual budget such as financial assistance, teaching excellence, and student enrichment. The Capital Campaign raises money for specific long-term purposes such as buildings, special initiatives, and the endowment. The Annual Fund makes an immediate difference in supporting the school, whereas Capital Campaign gifts are usually more significant and often paid over the course of several years.
What is the difference between supporting the Annual Fund and supporting Blue Green Night?
Both the Annual Fund and proceeds raised from our annual benefit, Blue Green Night, support the school’s current-year operating budget. Whereas the Annual Fund supports areas of the school budget such as financial assistance, teaching excellence, and student enrichment, proceeds from Blue Green Night support the aspects of the budget associated with the three core elements of the school’s mission: academics, arts, and outdoor education.
Why doesn't tuition cover these areas of the budget?
Current tuition levels make an ACDS education more affordable to more families. Many families appreciate the opportunity to claim a tax deduction, as gifts to the school are tax deductible, but tuition is not.
Which is the most important of these three fundraising initiatives?
Each donor should allocate their giving according their own philanthropic interests. However, we do ask that each current family at Aspen Country Day School first make a gift to the Annual Fund each year.
How much should I give?
Each gift is important and sends a message of strong support for the school and our students. Each family should make a gift that is meaningful to them. While their children are enrolled at Aspen Country Day, we do ask each family to make the school a philanthropic priority.
What are the different ways to make a gift?
Gifts can be made via cash, check, credit card, stock transfer, and EFT. We also accept pledges to give a specified amount by May 31, 2018. Gifts may be made online any time at www.aspencountryday.org/annualgift
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