ANNUAL FUND

Waldorf education makes a difference in the lives of children. It offers an enriched curriculum full of arts, music, handwork, languages, and movement. It provides a screen-free environment in which childhood is protected and it helps children develop into well-rounded individuals.  Children learn how to think, not what to think, enabling them to meet the challenges that the future will bring. 

Each year, parents, Trustees, faculty, staff, grandparents, alumni and friends impact the lives of our students by contributing to the Annual Fund. 

Contributing to the Annual Fund has a significant impact on the school. Support from our community illustrates a belief in the Okanagan Waldorf School and its mission, and these funds support the people and programs that make this education exceptional. The Annual Fund goes where it is most needed and supports tuition assistance, classroom supplies, faculty development, funding for new programs, improvements to the campus, and so much more! Tuition alone does not cover the full cost of educating our students, and the Annual Fund closes that gap, making this education possible. Our talented teachers, enriching programs, and beautiful campus are all nurtured by the Annual Fund.

This year our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000, with a target of 100% participation from our community. 

Please join us in supporting the goals of Waldorf education by donating to our Annual Fund. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a donation?

The following options are available for your convenience:

  • Downloadable forms are found both above and below this section. Fill out the form, and bring it into the Business Office with your donation.
  • At the bottom of this page, you will find our secure online donation form. Quick and easy!
  • Paper forms are available in the office for you to pick up at your convenience during drop-off or pick-up.

Please make your cheque payable to The Bridge Educational Society

You may also pick up a pledge form from the office, or add a monthly contribution to your tuition payments.

How much should I contribute?

When we say that your gift, regardless of size, has a tremendous impact, we mean it! We ask that families give a meaningful gift, whatever that means to you. Each contribution generates enthusiasm and allows everyone to have a stake in the greater future. The school’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all of its members and the greater community.

I already pay tuition, why should I give to the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a vital supplement to tuition income. Every effort is made to keep tuition as low as possible. For this reason, tuition fees cover only a percentage of the actual costs associated with educating our children. Annual Fund contributions help bridge this gap and provide an opportunity to improve our school. In addition to that, contributions to OWS are tax-deductible, whereas tuition payments are not. When you donate to the Annual Fund, you help keep tuition payments lower, and your gift entitles you to a tax benefit.

How is the money used?

The Annual Fund goes where it is most needed and supports tuition assistance, classroom supplies, faculty development, funding for new programs, improvements to the campus, and so much more! 

Annual Fund contributions are not allocated to our Capital Campaign.

Can I make a donation, and restrict where it goes?

Restricted gifts are those in which the donor directs contributions to a specific need. Usually, these gifts significantly cover most or all of the cost of the particular need or program. OWS is able to accept restricted gifts that are consistent with the school’s mission, goals, and development priorities as determined by the Faculty and Board of Trustees. 

Unrestricted gifts, such as those collected in the Annual Fund, ensure that funds are available for the areas of highest priority and greatest need.

We access the Tuition Adjustment Program, so I know you aren't expecting ME to give.

Actually, we are! 

We ask that everyone gives something, every year. But don’t worry, no contribution is too small!

Read on to see why 100% perticipation is so important.

Why does 100% participation matter?

Your donation illustrates your pride in the education your children are receiving. When 100% of our parents, Trustees, faculty, and staff invest in the school it sends a message to our larger community of grandparents, alumni families, corporations and foundations that the Okanagan Waldorf School is worth investing in. 

These numbers are looked at when we submit applications for special grants or other fundraising opportunities, so we truly mean it when we say every donation counts, no matter the size!

What if I can’t give right now?

There are ways we all can help. You can pledge now, and defer your payment until later, or pay in installments alongside your monthly tuition payment. All pledge payments must be received by the close of the Annual Fund, which is June 30th.

Pledge forms are available for you to pick up in the Business Office.

Will my company match my gift?

When you make a gift to Okanagan Waldorf School you may be able to double or even triple its impact by checking with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gift program. Many companies and foundations match the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members, and retirees.

For more information on how you can support Okanagan Waldorf School through gifts of cash, stock, other assets, annuity, or bequest, contact us at development@bridgeeducational.org

To make your gift to the Annual Fund now, you may click the “Download Donation Form” button above.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
– Aesop

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