Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do we have an Annual Giving Campaign?
A: Like all independent, private schools - and even most public schools in this area - we rely on the results of fundraising efforts to supplement operational expenses. In fact, most independent schools have a specific monetary ‘ask’ each year. Currently, Ventana relies on fundraising to fill a 15% gap in its operational expenses. Ventana focuses its efforts each year on an Annual Giving Campaign in order to ensure that our amazing teachers and administrative team have the resources they need to continually improve our innovative Reggio preschool and elementary programming.
Q: What are the benefits of giving?
A: There are 150 reasons to give to the Annual Giving Campaign - our children! Your gift to each campaign benefits our students by providing them with a nurturing place to discover, learn, and thrive.
In addition, Annual Giving Campaign donations allow us to:
- Better provide competitive salaries for our extraordinary teaching staff, especially given the rapidly-increasing cost of living in our area,
- Fund new and exciting learning opportunities and projects in our classrooms,
- Keep our buildings and grounds safe and aesthetically pleasing for all members of our community, and
- Continue offering our innovative Reggio program by ensuring our educators receive training consistent with the goals of our school.
Q: How are Annual Giving Campaign funds allocated?
A: The funds will be added directly to the Ventana School account, overseen by the Board of Trustees, and disbursed as deemed necessary by our Head of School. Funds will most likely be used to support operational expenses.
Q: What is an operational expense?
A: Operational expenses are those monies needed to keep our school running. They are typically related to salaries and benefits for teachers and staff, facilities fees, and classroom supplies, materials, and equipment.
Q: Can you guarantee these funds are for the school?
A: Unequivocally, yes! All funds pledged for the Annual Giving Campaign will be overseen by the Finance Committee of the Ventana Board of Trustees and will be fully accounted for by the School Financial Services Manager. These funds, just like tuition dollars, are deposited directly into the Ventana School account, and Ventana receives 100% of the donation. Credit card transaction fees are charged to parents, while personal checks and direct transfers from a bank accounts incur no 'convenience fee.'
Q: Why not just do a “Fund-a-Need” for targeted needs?
A: As many of our current families already know, we do a “Fund-a-Need” effort each year during our spring social and auction event. Past Fund-a-Need programs have helped us procure the climbing rope structure at the upper playground, many of the supplies for the tree house located in the lower play area, iPads and computers for both students and teachers, books for our library, library software, partitions to provide additional classroom space in the Parish Hall, additional musical instruments to enhance our music program, and much more! Fund-a-Need donations are restricted to particular “needs,” and typically target immediate rather than ongoing operational needs related to salaries, rent, materials and supplies, or other essentials.
Q: Can my company match my donation, to benefit our students even more? How does that work?
A: Yes, Ventana is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (via Christ Episcopal Church), eligible to receive matching funds from employers. This is a fantastic way to double (or triple, if available to both spouses) your impact on our school. Please check to see whether your employer matches donations! See your company’s HR department for specific details, or contact a member of the Annual Giving committee for assistance.
Q: If we meet the Annual Giving Campaign goal, will tuition go up next year?
A: There is no dollar amount set as a goal for this Annual Giving campaign. Instead, the goal is 100% participation. This campaign is unrelated to tuition-setting for next year.
We hope that the above FAQ was helpful to you, and we welcome any additional questions you might have. Please contact us at any time at email@example.com. Or, feel free to reach out to any of the Annual Giving Campaign committee members: Catriona Cairns, Evita Twerdahl, Jeremy Anderson
Remember: Donations to Ventana are fully tax deductible! Please check with your employer to see if matching donations are available to double or even triple your gift to our school!