Contributions to the Annual Giving Campaign enable WMS to make the necessary short and long-term investments that ensure every student is well-supported and receiving the best possible Montessori education. In past years, Annual Giving has made possible the establishment of new programs, additional classrooms, learning specialists, professional development opportunities, and most recently the needs associated with the impacts of COVID-19 in 2020.
100% participation from our community is the goal each year. We invite all families, staff and faculty, board members and WMS friends to consider a gift that is meaningful to them and participate to the best of their ability.
Each gift, regardless of size directly supports:
- Implementation of Montessori education from well-designed and age-appropriate materials to faculty and staff training.
- Designing classrooms that honor the Montessori goal of providing beautiful, prepared spaces.
- Providing experiences that enrich the classroom experience such as field trips, music and art instruction, innovative physical education, and a growing library.
We are grateful for our community’s commitment to Woodinville Montessori School and for allowing us to remain steadfast to our school’s vision, mission and values today and in the future.
A wonderful benefit offered by many employers is to match their employee's charitable contributions. WMS receives considerable support each year from companies like Microsoft, Google, Boeing and others. All matching gifts and gifts of stock are credited towards your total donation to WMS. All gifts are fully tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
All donors are recognized in the WMS Annual Report and donors of $1,500 and above will be celebrated at a special event held each Spring.
If you have questions, please contact Laureen Ng, Director of Development, 425-420-9725.
Annual Giving is our largest yearly fundraising effort raising support for general operations for the school. It is not dedicated towards a specific project, but it gives us the opportunity and flexibility to enrich our programs and make short-term or long-term investments. As a recent example, throughout the pandemic, our school’s strong financial health allowed us the flexibility to respond to the sudden and constantly changing needs to implement pandemic learning for all. From providing PPE and cleaning equipment, laptops for remote learning to students and staff, additional sanitizing stations in all classrooms, to reconfiguring classrooms for social distancing, the necessary changes caused by COVID-19 was all made possible due to the generosity of our community to annual giving funds from years past.
In other years when we are not using it for emergencies, it gives us the opportunity to enrich our programs. We are able to dedicate resources to building up our school library or increasing our art budget, increase our field trip experiences or even use it for facilities improvement. Your giving during this campaign makes it possible for us to continue to deliver high-quality Montessori programs.
WMS is a non-profit organization – it is our responsibility as a non-profit to solicit charitable donations in support of our mission and to give supporters an opportunity to contribute.
In addition, all the needs of a nonprofit school cannot be met with tuition alone without making it prohibitively expensive. So typically, nonprofit schools raise money in two ways each year: through the Annual Giving Campaign and an Auction and Gala event.
The Gala often raises support for dedicated projects which have included the amazing playground at North Creek Campus, the sensory walkways at the Woodinville Campus, and creation of the Innovation and Design Lab. The funds are restricted for that use only and cannot be used for emergencies or enrichments, unlike the funds from the Annual Giving Campaign.
Gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign range from $5 to $10,000, and we ask everyone to be as generous as they’re able, understanding that looks different for every family. The average gift last year was about $800 per family.
Yes, all families are encouraged to give to the best of their ability as a gesture that they are committed to the school and the school’s mission. Participation in philanthropic efforts is important as often the commitment of the community to the school is evaluated by outsiders like grant givers or accreditation bodies.