The Annual Fund is a fundamental part of fundraising at The Country School. It is a program of giving that enables our school to make up the difference between what it collects in tuition and fees, and what it spends each year on educating students. As with most independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of each student’s education. This gap means that the Annual Fund is essential to The Country School’s daily operating expenses, and our ability to continue enhancing and growing our programs.
We rely on our parents and extended community to contribute as generously as their individual circumstances allow to the tax-deductible Annual Fund Program. We encourage each parent to make a gift, and every year we aim for 100% parent participation.
Annual Giving Levels
Up to $499
Annual Giving FAQ
As is true of all independent/private schools, our tuition does not fully cover the cost of educating a child. The Annual Fund helps to close the gap between what we collect in tuition and what we actually spend each year per child. The Annual Fund ensures that TCS remains able to fulfill its mission of educating the whole child, and stay true to the progressive mission established by its founders in 1948.
We are proud of our community-centered approach, our low student-to-faculty ratio, and our top-notch faculty and staff. The Annual Fund helps us to maintain our commitment to providing each classroom with the resources it needs to thrive.
What is a "Tuition Gap" and Why Does it Exist?
Every effort is made to keep our tuition affordable for our families. A "tuition gap" is the difference between tuition and the true cost to educate a student. Our actual cost per student is approximately $3,500 more per student than tuition.
Parents, grandparents, friends, alumni, Board of Trustees, faculty & staff. We rely on the entire TCS community to make a meaningful financial contribution to the Annual Fund.
If I Receive Financial Aid, Should I Still Contribute To Annual Giving?
Yes, we ask that all TCS families support of the Annual Fund. Reaching 100% participation is a declaration of solidarity, of saying “We’re all in this together.” Additionally, 100% participation is a criterion for a wide range of grants, so every donation goes a long way toward giving us access to new potential funds from foundations and grantors.
How Much Should I Contribute?
Gifts of all sizes matter. The act of giving is just as important as the gift itself. By giving what you can, you are making a commitment to the mission of TCS. You are claiming TCS as your home too, and celebrating everything this school does for your children. We ask each family to give to the best of their ability. For some that amount is $100; for others it is $50,000. We expect that parents will make The Country School their highest philanthropic priority.
Where Does My Money Go?
The effect of the Annual Fund is felt throughout the campus. It contributes to teacher salaries and healthcare costs. It buys library books and funds ongoing technology needs. It helps fund financial aid. It pays the electric bill. It is as essential to the operations of the school as tuition.
Are These Gifts Tax Deductible?
While tuition is not tax-deductible, voluntary gifts to the Annual Fund are. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization under the Federal Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to The Country School Annual Fund are deductible pursuant to the prevailing tax laws.