When you think of the Annual Giving Campaign, what should come to mind?
Making an Academy of Whole Learning education the best it can possibly be for our deserving students is our highest priority. The Annual Giving Campaign supports every aspect of the school’s operations, including academic, athletic, art, and technology programs. Additionally, the Annual Fund provides families with financial aid and professional development opportunities for our teaching and administrative staff.
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Freqently Asked Questions
What is the Annual Giving Campaign?
Each year parents, grandparents, alumni families, and friends are asked to make charitable gifts to Academy of Whole Learning’s Annual Giving Campaign. These contributions supplement tuition income and enable the school to meet its annual operating expenses.
Like most independent schools, the tuition charged (while significant) does not cover total operating expenses. This year, our tuition gap is $3,285 per student.
What expenses does the Annual Giving Campaign support?
The Annual Giving Campaign directly supports the essentials and the extras and provides the margin of excellence that we all associate with Academy of Whole Learning. Academics, Fine Arts, Specialized Faculty, Enhanced Learning, Healthy Activities & Life Sills, Tuition Assistance, are some of the many programs which are greatly affected by the magnitude of the Annual Giving Campaign.
Why not raise tuition so that it covers 100% of the operating budget?
Charging the “full” tuition would put an Academy of Whole Learning education out of the reach of many qualified students. The learning diversity represented by the student body is an important aspect of the Academy of Whole Learning community that the school values and seeks to preserve. It is necessary to find a fair way to counter increasing costs without significantly raising the tuition. Voluntary giving to the Annual Giving Campaign is an equitable way to counter rising educational costs and it is, unlike tuition payments, tax-deductible.
Why should I give to the Annual Giving Campaign?
First, participating in the Annual Giving Campaign to the best of your ability is one of the most meaningful ways to show support for Academy of Whole Learning and the people who make a difference.
Second, the Annual Giving Campaign ensures quality in all that Academy of Whole Learning is and does. It secures the current educational experience that parents, grandparents, alumni families and friends of AOWL have come to value and respect. Academy of Whole Learning students deserve the best education that we can provide.
Third, foundations and major donors that support funding opportunities at Academy of Whole Learning put a high premium on the percentage of participation among alumni families and parents to the Annual Giving Campaign. Generous and widespread support indicates to them that “the customers are satisfied” and the school is worthy of their investment.
AOWL families offering their financial support have helped shape the school we know today. We hope you will help us carry on that responsibility and ensure the quality of an Academy of Whole Learning education for our current students as well as those to come.