Annual Fund

Annual 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 Fund.  The strength of what the Annual Fund can do lies in the combined gifts from all our Unity families, new, current, and old.  Together we will continue to make Unity School The Best We Can Be.

Gift Levels of Recognition

Our foremost goal is to achieve 100% participation. While any gift amount is appreciated, the value of leadership-level gifts cannot be underestimated.

MVP                    $25,000+                                      Marching Band           $500 – $999

All Stars              $10,000 – $24,999                      Cheerleaders               $250 – $499

Champions        $5,000 – $9,900                           Mustangs                     $100 – $249

Varsity                $2,500 – $4,999                           Fans                             $1 – $99

Junior Varsity     $1,000 – $2,499

President’s Circle Recognition

The President’s Circle is comprised of donors who contribute to Unity School’s 2018-19 Annual Fund at or above the Junior Varsity level of $1,000. It also includes our donors whose total Endowment donations for the year reach at or above the Champion level of $5,000. These donors leave a remarkable impact on the school and our mission.  All qualifying donors will receive a special invitation from your host, Head of School, Louis St-Laurent, to attend The President’s Circle Recognition Party in October.  We hope to see you there!

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 Fund.  The strength of what the Annual Fund can do lies in the combined gifts from all our Unity families, new, current, and old.  Together we will continue to make Unity School The Best We Can Be.

Annual Giving Fund Q&A

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 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 academic, athletic, music, visual and performing arts, technology, Lessons in Living, campus improvements and other operational needs. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our Unity parents and friends, this year alone we’ve installed ten new Clear Touch 70” HD Interactive Panels in classrooms grades 4 to 8, all new LED lighting throughout Buildings 1, 2, and 3, new A/C systems in ALEC gym and portable classrooms, new programmable thermostats campus-wide and new carpeting in our 4th grade classrooms.  We purchased 100 new iPads & cases for all elementary. Additionally, all interactive whiteboard projectors have been upgraded to HD quality. We restructured our Educational Technology Initiative, with three Innovative Specialists to further enhance student and teacher technology integration into the curriculum.

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.

Do you accept Employer Matching Gift?

Yes! 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.

Can your gift be made in installments?

Yes ! Contributions can be made in one payment or in installments. We ask that pledges be paid in full as soon as possible but no later that the last day of school.

For more information, please contact the Development Office at (561) 276-4414 ext. 130.