Giving

Annual Fund & Restricted Giving

The school’s highest fundraising priority and sincerest philanthropic efforts are through unrestricted, tax-deductible donations made annually. These dollars are applied to the school’s operating budget to make “magic moments” for your students. Annual Fund allows the school to say “yes” to opportunities.

A strong strategy will focus on gifts/pledges in September and October. Every gift, no matter the size, counts. Gifts of $1,962 (significant to the school’s founding in 1962) or more are considered leadership gifts, and donors are invited to the Claremont Society event in November.

Some donors, foundations, & corporations restrict gifts to scholarships, endowment, programs, professional development, and technology and capital improvements. These gifts are closely aligned to school priorities.

2020-2021 Fundraising Results
2020-2021 Fundraising Results

2020-2021 Total Impact of Annual Fund & Restricted Giving: $406,774

The Annual Fund - For nearly 60 years, parents, grandparents, alumni, past parents, foundations, and friends have collectively supported charitable giving to The Colorado Springs School, a 501c3 nonprofit. From acquiring our 28-acre campus to maintaining the School's eight buildings, which house distinctive learning spaces for our current thinkers and problem-solvers, we acknowledge that we stand on the shoulders of giants. As we prepare to enter CSS's 60th anniversary year we must preserve the School's assets and leverage our resources to innovatively deliver the School's mission of preparing students for a dynamic world.

The combination of tuition and philanthropy is powerful. Your philanthropic dollars to the Annual Fund provide a critical boost to the School's operating budget and signature programs.

The act of Leadership Giving represents a gift of $1,962 (rooted in the School's founding year) or more and gains recognition in the Claremont Society.

  • apital Projects - The Colorado Springs School maintains a master plan for campus upgrades, building maintenance, and future improvements. Capital projects include facility and transportation enhancements.
  • Endowment - The endowment is our investment account that produces annual income for general or specific operating expenses, depending on donor preferences. Our greatest needs are for endowed scholarships and faculty professional development.
  • Planned Giving - Making a planned gift can be part of your estate. This can be done in many ways, including through insurance or donation of assets or securities.
  • Scholarships - These designated and restricted funds support a range of student scholarships for expenses toward Experience Centered Seminars or to honor individuals who have made unique contributions to the school, as in the case of both the John-Alex Mason ECS Scholarship or dollars provided from the Estate of Susan Barker Day.
Gala & Auction*

There is not a more exciting spring evening for CSS as our families come together to celebrate our mission, accomplishments, student successes and to enthusiastically raise dollars to benefit our students.

With approximately 175 guests attending each year, this evening provides donors the opportunity to support our fine school through sponsorship and underwriting, the purchase of tickets, live and silent auction sales, and Raise Your Paddle donations!

Last year’s event was converted to an e-Gala & Auction and boasted mobile bidding on silent auction items, dinner packages, a living room dance party, and a gathering of nearly 400 guests from the comfort of guests’ homes.

2020-2021 Total Impact of Gala & Auction Fundraising: $137,000

Community Events*

A few opportunities throughout the year represent smaller fundraising yields but serve the dual purpose of providing services to families while building community and providing outreach. These events have a strong volunteer component.

  • Parents Association Carnival, FunRun, & Garage Sale
  • Class and Club fundraisers
  • Kodiak Athletic Boosters
  • Concessions by UpstagersEvery Gift Counts: Annual Fund Giving LevelsEvery Gift Counts: Annual Fund Giving Levels
  • Concessions by KICS
  • Library Book Fair

*When a good or service is exchanged at a price that does not exceed the item’s value, the item is not tax-deductible by IRS standards.

2020-2021 Total Impact of Community Events: ~$10,000


As a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), CSS subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights and related guidelines for ethical fundraising.


Please reach out to Jessica L. James in the Development Office to guide any giving conversations or next steps. Feel free to contact her by email at jjames@css.org or by phone at (719) 434-3506.
The Colorado Springs School operates as a 501c3 non-profit. Tax ID#: 84-0517369.