Annual Giving is a great way to celebrate the official start of the new school year!
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
It all adds up!
What a perfect way to describe the impact of Annual Giving. Together Annual Gifts from parents, alumni, alumni parents and friends of the school all add up to ensure Unity School’s ongoing excellence. Please take part. Let’s make this year one where we can report 100% participation!
The Goal: $200,000 pledged or contributed by October 31, 2015!
Gifts can be received by Unity School through June 15, 2016. It is important to know that gifts received in October really help us budget for the whole year ahead. And don’t forget you can make a payment every quarter or every month if you want to extend the impact of your gift over the whole year.
2015-2016 Annual Giving Fund
Being a member of the Unity School family is about more than just a superior education for our children. It is about becoming an active participant in the operations and support of our non-profit school. One important way is by participating in the Annual Giving Program. Your participation is a critical part of all parents’ responsibilities as members of the Unity community.
What is the Unity Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is an important part of meeting Unity School’s operating budget. As an independent school, Unity does not receive any government funding, which means that tuition and charitable gifts are the primary sources of revenue. Tuition alone does not cover the full expense of maintaining our School’s high quality education programs and facilities. Your contributions to the Annual Fund are necessary to balance the school’s budget by filling the gap between tuition and the actual expense of running the school. Giving to the Annual Fund is your primary opportunity to enhance our School’s quality programs, equipment and facilities that all students and teachers will benefit from.
Who is asked to give?
Since the Annual Giving Fund supports current year operations, current parents are the heart of the campaign. However, all members of the Unity School community including alumni, former parents, friends, faculty and staff are asked to give.
Why should parents give?
Parents have the most important reason for supporting the Annual Fund. It is their children who benefit directly, and immediately. With your gift, our outstanding programs continue to grow and expand to meet the changing educational needs of our wonderful children. All gifts help the school maintain its margin of excellence. The tradition of philanthropy has continued throughout the years as parents, alumni and friends have left their legacy on the School through their gifts to the Annual Fund.
Why doesn’t tuition cover expenses?
Independent schools, colleges and universities nationwide are never 100% dependent on tuition to cover all their expenses. Increasing tuition could dramatically eliminate families who otherwise bring a multi-faceted diversity to our student community and allows for larger student enrollment.
What is our Annual Fund Goal?
Our 2015-2016 fundraising goal is to reach $200,000 and 100% participation of Unity families, faculty and staff. Please make your donation to the Annual Fund your foremost contribution to Unity School.
Will my gift really make a difference?
Your gift will make a big difference, especially when it is added to the gifts of other parents, alumni and friends. The strength of the Annual Fund lies in the combined gifts from all donors. Your gift means more than just new library books or improved academic programs.
How will my gift be used?
Annual Fund gifts immediately benefit current students by supporting Unity School’s operating budget. Your gift supplements our academics, athletics, music, visual and performing arts, technology, Lessons in Living, campus improvements and other operational needs.
Most recent enhancements include new sliding doors for the entire preschool wing, a refurbished playground and 100 new iPad Airs. We remodeled our elementary school bathrooms, redesigned our Lessons in Living classroom and curriculum, gave a facelift to our 5th grade classrooms and completely redesigned our Middle School Technology Lab, equipping it with Macs, Chromebooks, PCs, Windows touch screens, a Clear Touch interactive multi-task board, a Share Wall, a high top table and café style furniture including collaborative learning couches to maximize a variety of creative learning preferences.
Are gifts tax-deductible?
Yes! Unity School is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization. All donations to the Annual Giving Fund are 100% tax-deductible. Most people give by December 31st to receive a tax deduction for the current year.
How much should I give?
Your contribution is a very personal decision. We hope that you will give as generously as you are able. Every gift, regardless of size, is needed and sincerely appreciated. The only gift that’s too small is no gift at all.
Matching gifts can also make a difference.
Many companies will match gifts to Unity School. These forms should be available in your company’s Human Resource Office. This is a wonderful way to increase your gift to the School.
All Stars $10,000 - $24,999
Champions $5,000 – $9,900
Varsity $2,500 – $4,999
Junior Varsity $1,000 – $2,499
Marching Band $500 – $999
Cheerleaders $250 – $499
University $100 - $249
Unity Fans $1 - $99
How can I make my contribution?
· Matching Gift from your employer
· Your tax-deductible donation should be made payable to Unity School Endowment Fund, Inc.
Contributions can be made in one payment or in installments. We will be happy to send reminders when you specify or apply your gift to a credit card account on the days you request. We ask that pledges be paid in full as soon as possible but no later than the last day of school June 1st. See your remittance envelope for details.
For more information, please contact the Development Office at (561) 276-4414 ext. 130.