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Annual Fund Frequently Asked Questions
  • I already pay tuition. Why does Garden School need more money? Garden strives to keep tuition affordable for our families. Tuition covers an estimated 80% of the cost of educating a student. This is in keeping with the practice of other independent schools.
  • How does the annual fund affect the Teachers’ Holiday Gift Fund? The Holiday Gift Fund will continue as it has in the past. There has been a PTA tradition at Garden of sponsoring a Holiday Gift Fund for the teachers at the holiday time. This is a means of appreciating our teachers. The Annual Fund is a Board of Trustees-sponsored initiative that will serve to fill the gap between what tuition covers and the full cost of educating our children at Garden.
  • Isn’t fund-raising the PTA’s job? The PTA’s role is to support the school in numerous ways, including fundraising for faculty appreciation and special events for the students. Each year, your contributions to the PTA’s fundraisers help to finance those activities. The PTA efforts do not directly target the core operating budget of the school, this is the role of the Annual Fund.
  • Doesn’t the Gala raise enough money to cover the gap? At independent schools, including Garden, an annual Gala is a critical component of fundraising as well as an event that builds our community spirit. However, it doesn’t fully cover the gap.
  • Can’t Garden apply for grants from foundations? Yes, once we are able to demonstrate that a large percentage of families, alumni faculty and board members are consistently contributing.
  • Can I direct that my donation be used for a specific gift purpose? Annual Fund donations will be used to support the operating budget of the school. If you are interested in making a separate donation for a specific purpose, please contact the school.
  • I wish I could help, but things are tight for us financially right now. Participation in the Annual Fund is what is most important. Each gift, no matter what amount, will help us attain a high participation rate, which is key to qualifying for grant money.
  • Can I charge my donation? Absolutely. Click here to make your gift to Garden online!