Supporting Academy of Whole Learning

Every donation, big or small, directly supports students and programs at the Academy of Whole Learning. Each donation helps unlock the often overlooked potential of a child on the autism spectrum or those with related learning differences and sets him/her on the path towards inclusion and independence.

Academy of Whole Learning is a registered 501©(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you supporting our Academy kids!

Check or cash
Please make checks payable to Academy of Whole Learning and mail to:

Academy of Whole Learning
3500 Williston Road
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Donate online

Please click here to be directed to our online donation page. You may charge your gift on Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. Please consider a recurring monthly gift which helps in our overall budget planning.

Gifts of Stock

Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is a tax-effective way to make a gift to the Academy of Whole Learning.

Prior to transferring stock, please contact Carly Kortuem, Director of Strategic Advancement, at 952-737-6911 or with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Stock Name
  4. Shares being transferred and the approximate amount
  5. Purpose of gift

Once the stock donation is received, we will sell the stock immediately. Our designated broker is:

130 Lake Street West, Wayzata, MN  55391
Account # 1201-2221   DTC# 0164,

Nathan Gaherty is our account associate at Charles Schwab.

If you would like more information, please click here to be directed to our stock transfer page.

Donor Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. The Academy works with DAF Direct so that you can recommend grants to us directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF’s sponsoring organization is participating).

Company Matching Gifts

Many companies will match donations from current and retired employees ― that could double or triple the size of your gift! Ask your human resources or community relations department if your organization offers a matching gifts program. And if you can set it up as a recurring gift during your company’s annual giving program, we would love that!

Gifts In-Kind

If you would like to make a donation in the form of goods or services, we would love to receive them!  Everything from books for our library, to computers, food, arts and crafts materials, handyman services, tickets to events, school supplies – pretty much anything you can think of – we can use it, and you can get a tax break!  Forms are available at the school office. Stop by to talk to us or contact Carly Kortuem at 952-737-6911 or if you’d like to talk about options.

Memorials & Tributes

A memorial or tribute is a wonderful way to honor a friend or love one while supporting a cause that you both believe in and cherish. There are many occasions when a tribute can be the priceless gift that shows how much you care – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day.

When a memorial or tribute gift is received, a note is sent to the honoree or in the case of memorial, the family of the honoree, telling them of your thoughtfulness. Unless otherwise requested, all memorials and tributes will appear in the Academy’s Annual Report, listing both the donor and the person being honored or memorialized.

If no direction is given, the gifts are placed in the Annual Fund. Make a memorial or tribute gift by clicking here.

Planned Giving & Bequests

Your legacy gift can be established through a bequest, a trust, or other financial vehicle that fits your situation.  We can’t offer financial or legal advice, but we’re happy to work with your lawyer or other advisor to carry out your request.

  • Gift from Your Will or Trust

You can make us part of your family by naming Academy of Whole Learning in your will or trust. A gift through your will or estate is the easiest gift you can make today.

  •  Gift from a Retirement Plan

You can gift the Academy of Whole Learning assets that are subject to double taxation, which both benefits the Academy’s students and leaves more to your family.

  • Gift of Life Insurance

You can also make a significant gift to Academy of Whole Learning through life insurance.

Please let us know if you have included Academy of Whole Learning in your estate or financial plans, so we can recognize your contribution and commitment to an exceptional education for exceptional learners.

Should you wish to include the Academy in your estate planning, please click here or contact for more information.


Annual Fund

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.