Rossman School Calendar

Annual Giving

What is an annual giving campaign?

Annual Giving is a yearly drive for financial support to supplement the tuition and interest which fund the operating budget. This year, Annual Giving dollars will account for 7% of the operating budget. These dollars allow Rossman School to

  • keep top quality programs
  • recruit and retain outstanding faculty, and
  • maintain and operate our facilities

Why does Rossman School have an annual giving campaign?

As an independent school, most of the money needed for operation comes from tuition. Rossman does not receive federal, state or church funds. When the Board of Trustees sets the budget, it is largely based on income from tuition and fees, but the quality of the programs, the select faculty and the scope of activities cost more than tuition provides. Interest from investments and Annual Giving bridge the gap between the tuition families pay and the actual cost to provide a Rossman education.

Why is parent participation so important?

Strong parent participation makes a statement to the community and to the various foundations and corporations who look at these numbers when considering their own financial support.

Check out the numbers below to see how your child or children’s class is ranking in participation. And don’t forget the raffle this year! Make your gift or pledge early to be including in our drawings on Oct. 1, Nov. 1 and Dec. 2. (Gifts or pledges must be received prior to raffle dates in order to be eligible for entry).

Junior Kindergarten: 83%
Senior Kindergarten: 92%
First Grade: 96%
Second Grade: 87%
Third Grade: 97%
Fourth Grade: 97%
Fifth Grade: 94%
Sixth Grade: 100% - Thank you for being our leaders in giving to this year’s campaign!!

Does my gift really make a difference? How much should I give?

Yes! Our community has fewer supporters than a large university or national charity. Because the number who will give is small, every gift is important. Parent support is an important aspect of Annual Giving and we strive to have 100% participation from each class.

Our target contribution for this year is $1,800 per student. When the Board of Trustees sets the budget, it is largely based on income from tuition and fees, but the quality of programs, the select faculty and offered activities cost more than tuition provides. Interest from investments and Annual Giving bridge the gap between the charge for a Rossman education and its actual cost. All gifts to Annual Giving are tax-deductible.

GIFT CLUB CATEGORIES

Blue and Gold Society
Leader                        $10,000+
Benefactor                  $7,500-$9,999
Founder                      $4,000-$7,499
Patron                         $2,500-$3,999

Recognition Levels
Sponsor                      $1,800-$2,499
Friend                         $750-$1,799
Contributor                  $100-$749

DONOR RECOGNITION

Donors of $2,500 or more will be honored at a reception in the spring at the home of the Head of School.

How do I participate?

You are encouraged to make your pledge early, although payment is not due until May 15, 2014. There are many ways you can choose to make your gift or pledge.

Gift:

  • Check: Mail your gift to Rossman School
  • Credit Card: Click here to make a gift now
  • Stock: Contact Cathleen Wyckoff at 314-434-5877 ext. 204 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Pledge:

  • Click here to make a pledge now.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Last year, matching gifts accounted for 7%, or $21,685 of Annual Giving gifts. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, enter your employer’s name below. You may be able to access the forms directly through the search. Some companies match gifts by retirees, too.

 
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