Faces and Phases of Giving

October 22, 2014

At this point in the school year, many thanks are in order. The fall colors are here and the many programs of CSS are in full swing. The students and their teachers and coaches have been doing their best in the classrooms, on the stage, the court and the field for many weeks now. The well-measured combination of support and high expectations makes CSS a place where students invent new ideas and invest in themselves and others. It is important to remember that the excellent environment of The Colorado Springs School does not just happen by accident. Institutions like CSS are sustained by the time, talent, and treasures of the many people who passionately believe in the school’s past, present, and, most importantly, its bright future. To put it simply, we are proud of this great school and the direction we are headed.

The cycle of past and current generosity at CSS is something upon which the school depends. First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge the many volunteers that make CSS the school that it is. Many parents attended Fall Trips and Mountain Caravan to start the year, and Parent Advisory Teams and the Parents Association leadership have already given extensively of their time and resources this fall to create and connect our community.

Events like last month’s Fun Run and Carnival are a great reminder of the sense of community that sets this fine school apart from other institutions. My huge thanks to Carnival Chairs, Sandra Woll and Donna Taylor, and the committees of volunteers who transformed our quad into a celebration of activity and fun for all ages.

With the help of our Gala and Auction Chairs Romilly Bethart and Becky Mientka and their auction committee, preparation for the upcoming Gala is almost complete. I hope to see you on October 25th for a special night of fun and highly competitive silent and live bidding for donated prizes. The proceeds of this event are separate from the Annual Fund and are targeted towards student scholarships and financial aid, as well as teacher professional development.

The upcoming Annual Fund is far and away, the most important part of “the giving year” at CSS. Like most independent schools, tuition covers only a portion of the cost of educating a CSS student, and the Annual Fund is critical to the financial well-being of the school. This year’s Annual Fund is chaired by Jocelyn Terwilliger Murphy ‘88 and Jennifer Bain, both of the Board of Trustees. If you wish to review more details about the structure of the Annual Fund at CSS, please click here to review our newly released FAQs on the Annual Fund.

The Annual Fund FAQs aim to respond to such questions as:

  • What is the Annual Fund?
  • Why do we have to raise money in addition to tuition?
  • Why doesn’t the Board set tuition to cover all costs and eliminate the fund drive?
  • How Much Should I Give?
  • How often will CSS solicit me for a donation?
  • How is the Annual Fund different from the Endowment or the Foundation?
  • Will my donation really make a difference to CSS?
  • My family has a lot of financial obligations. Does the payment have to be made soon?
  • Why doesn’t CSS cut costs?
  • Is it possible to give a gift in honor or memory of someone?
  • Are gifts accepted anonymously?
  • When do I need to send my donation?

The Annual Fund helps us

  • Support, recruit, reward and retain our excellent teachers
  • Develop new technology initiatives to make sure our students are adequately prepared for a dynamic world
  • Develop the experiential education and project-based learning programs that get students face-to-face with real world learning
  • Provide tuition assistance to many CSS students, which in turn promotes socio-economic diversity

Our goal is to achieve 100% board, faculty/staff, and parent participation in the Annual Fund. The board and the faculty/staff is well on its way to 100%, and I now invite our parents and supporters to begin considering a gift to sustain the school’s amazing programs this year. In the coming weeks, you will receive solicitation letters and ePostcard reminders to make your gift to the Annual Fund.

All the best,

Aaron Schubach

 
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