Charitable Giving FAQs
- What does the school financially expect of us?
- My family is already paying tuition. Why should we donate money as well?
- Why doesn't Westminster School charge the full cost of my child's education in tuition, and not ask for gifts, much like a business would cover its full costs in the price of its products?
- Are there more reasons to give?
- How does financial aid fit into the fundraising picture?
- How much of a difference can my gift really make?
- Can we make our charitable donations in installments or online?
- How much should we give?
- Does your employer offer a Matching Gift Program?
In addition to making tuition payments on time, we would hope that you would choose to:
Your financial gift supports the people and programs that make Westminster School such an exceptional place for children to learn. Financial gifts allow Westminster to have talented teachers, small classes, and reading, math, science, and foreign language resources that many schools simply cannot afford. Financial gifts allow Westminster to offer top quality in everything from the arts to athletics.
With an operating budget of just over $6 million, financial gifts are necessary because tuition only pays approximately 86% of the cost of a Westminster education. For that reason, we must turn to current parents, grandparents, past parents, alums, and friends for additional financial support. Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Westminster does not increase tuition to cover the actual cost of all programs because it would make the School unaffordable to many families. A for-profit business, whose mission is to make money, is not an appropriate model for Westminster whose mission is to provide children with a fine education. By its nature, a high-quality school like Westminster is labor-intensive and people-oriented. We would not choose to become more efficient by combining classrooms, reducing staff, or cutting programs which you want your child to have.
Absolutely. Unlike tuition payments, financial gifts to Westminster School are tax deductible. In addition, nearly everything we have at Westminster is the result of previous gifts from patrons of the School. As these previous donors have provided for our student population, we must also provide for our children today and for future generations.
Westminster trustees have allocated 12.25% of the expected tuition revenue to fund its financial aid budget. But without donations sufficient to meet operating costs, more tuition dollars would have to go to operations – leaving fewer dollars for financial aid. Your financial gifts make Westminster affordable for a wider range of students, bringing your child the many benefits of social and economic diversity.
Westminster School, by its nature, is a smaller community. As a result, the size of our pool of supporters is naturally smaller. Because our giving community is smaller, every financial gift counts even more. For this reason, many families make Westminster School their philanthropic priority. They know their gift truly matters and again, their gift is tax deductible.
Westminster aims for 100% participation from current parents, trustees, and faculty and staff in its fundraising efforts, including the Annual Giving Fund. High participation is a vote of confidence and a sign that parents are investing in their children’s welfare and supporting the School’s mission.
Yes. Monthly, quarterly or semi-annual payments can be made. These tax-deductible donations may be drafted from either your checking account or credit card (VISA or MasterCard).
Online giving can be made by clicking here.