Annual Giving Campaign

The Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) is Almaden Country Day School’s #1 fundraising priority! The generosity of our community helps directly sustain the school's operating budget and supports every ACDS student's education.

The AGC is an integral part of ACDS's operating budget. Since tuition alone does not cover the entire cost of educating our students, we rely on contributions to the campaign for 5% of the school's income. Unlike tuition, gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign are tax-deductible.

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FAQs

As a parent, I already pay tuition. Why do I need to donate money as well?

 

ACDS students benefit from having talented and dedicated teachers, small classes, curricular resources and outstanding enrichment and elective offerings. While the tuition that you pay gives your child access to an exceptional education, it does not cover the complete cost of his or her ACDS experience. This year, tuition revenue covers approximately 95% of the school’s total operating budget. To bridge the shortfall between the actual cost of an ACDS education and tuition, ACDS – like other independent schools – turn to parents, alumnae families and other friends of the school to bridge the gap of $1,570 per student.

 

Why not just raise tuition?

 

ACDS is committed to attracting a diverse community of capable students from a variety of backgrounds. This necessitates containing tuition costs and making tuition assistance awards to those who have demonstrated financial need. Furthermore, if the tuition increased to cover the actual cost of all programs, many of our current families could no longer afford to send their children to ACDS. This could mean a drop in our enrollment, resulting in a cutback of our programs and steeper tuition increases in order to fund all operations.

By offering an opportunity for tax-deductible donations, the Annual Giving Campaign helps ACDS keep tuition lower for all families and promotes greater socioeconomic diversity in our community. Keep in mind: while a gift to the Annual Giving Campaign is tax-deductible, tuition is not.

 

What are Annual Giving funds used for and how do the funds benefit my child?

Your Annual Giving dollars are put to use in the classroom immediately and throughout the academic year. These dollars allow ACDS to provide outstanding educational enrichment programs and employ quality teachers and staff who create the nurturing educational experience our children love. Specifically, contributions allow ACDS to provide:
 

  • Small class sizes and greater teacher contact
  • Materials for hands-on curriculum for every age level
  • Classroom technology updates and integration
  • Innovative academic and enrichment programs including Drama, Art, Music, Robotics, Science, Foreign Language and Physical Education
  • Field trips
  • Teacher professional development classes and conference attendance
  • Support for day-to-day operating expenses and improved compensation for our teachers.

 

How much do we need to raise?

 

This year, to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of one years ACDS education, we need to raise $325,000.

 

How much should I give?

First and foremost, we should state that any and all gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign are welcome and appreciated! We understand that some families are unable to donate at the suggested $972 per student level, while others can contribute significantly more. If you are able, we ask you to consider becoming a Leadership Donor with a gift of $2,000 or more. We believe that if everyone gives a gift that is meaningful for their particular financial situation, ACDS will reach its goal. Please remember that all gifts are tax-deductible and every gift counts!

 

HOW DID THE SCHOOL ARRIVE AT THE SUGGESTED GIFT AMOUNT?

The AGC goal divided by the number of enrolled students = the suggested gift of $972 per student.

WHY IS THE SUGGESTED AGC GIFT AMOUNT LOWER THAN THE GAP?

To close the gap, ACDS has two fundraisers each year: the AGC and The Mixer & Auction for ACDS. The money raised by these two fundraisers closes the gap.

Are the ACDS faculty and board of trustees involved in the campaign?

YES! For the tenth year in a row, 100% of ACDS’s faculty and Board of Trustees have pledged a donation to this year's campaign! We are grateful for the support as it signals their belief and partnership in our efforts to support every student, every teacher, every day.

Why should i considering becoming a leadership donor?

 

The generosity our school experiences is a result of leaders like you who understand that their giving has a direct impact for their children's education. Several levels of leadership are available, with each level adding essential value to our school's pursuit of excellence. Each year, Leadership Donors distinguish themselves by making annual gifts of $2,000 or more to Almaden Country Day School’s Annual Giving Campaign. As a Leadership Donor, the impact of your extraordinary philanthropy is evident in ACDS’s commitment to increase faculty compensation and explore new technologies and teaching materials. You will also enjoy an annual gathering with the Head of School and trustees as well as the knowledge that you are at the forefront of ACDS’s most important fundraising project.

 

How are leadership donor levels calculated?

 

ACDS recognizes gifts of $2,000 or more as “Leadership Donations.” Our giving levels are as follows:

$2,000 - $2,499 - Imagine
$2,500 - $4,999 - Envision
$5,000 - $9,999 - Aspire
$10,000 or more - Legacy

Leadership donations are calculated based on a combination of personal donations and matching gifts. Gifts made in support of the “Raise the Paddle” project at The Mixer are included.

While proceeds of items purchased at the Auction for ACDS benefit the school, they are only tax deductible to the extent they exceed the value of the item and do not count towards becoming a Leadership Donor.

 

What is "Matching gift" and how do i know if i am eligible?

Your gift can be doubled or tripled if you or your significant other works for a company with a matching gift program. It’s easy to find out if your company matches. Click here to see if your company, or its parent company has a program. New companies are added each year. It’s worth a look.

How can i give and what is ACDS's tax id number?

 

Since ACDS operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Cash: You may simply write a check payable Almaden Country School for the entire amount.

Credit Card: You can charge your gift to your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card online via our secure server. Just go to the ACDS homepage and click on the Annual Giving Fund button.

Securities: Many individuals donate appreciated stock or mutual funds to Almaden Country Day School. Such gifts, or other gifts involving securities, can have significant tax advantages. For instructions, please contact Jennifer Hull at jshull@a-cs.org or 408-997-0424 x294 in the Advancement Office for assistance.

Matching Gifts: Many corporations will match an employee’s gift to a school. Click here to see if your company offers a matching gift program. When applying for a match, companies often ask for the recipient organization’s Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN). ACDS’s EIN is 77-0451623. You will find us under the name "A Gifted Education, Inc." or "Almaden Country School."

 

May i designate how my gift will be used?

 

Gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign support our teachers and educational and enrichment program expenses that are fundamentals of an ACDS education. If you’d like to make a gift for another purpose, please contact Jennifer Hull in the Advancement Office at jshull@a-cs.org or (408) 997-0424 x294.

 

I can't give now, but would like to later. Can I do that?

 

Absolutely! We are happy to take your campaign pledge online now and your payment later. All campaign pledge payments are due by May 30.

 

Can I break my pledge into several payments?

 

Yes. We would be happy to set up an electronic funds transfer (EFT) or you can establish an ongoing credit card payment online for you to make paying your pledge easy. If you’d prefer a different arrangement, please contact Jennifer Hull in the Development Office at jshull@a-cs.org or (408) 997-0424.

 

 
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