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.
To read in more detail, download the AGC infographic.
- As a parent, I already pay tuition. Why do I need to donate money as well?
- Why not just raise tuition?
- What are Annual Giving funds used for and how do the funds benefit my child?
- How much do we need to raise?
- How much should I give?
- How did the school arrive at the suggested gift amount?
- Why is the suggested AGC gift amount lower then the gap?
- Are the ACDS faculty and board of trustees involved in the campaign?
- Why should I considering becoming a leadership donor?
- How are leadership donor levels calculated?
- What is "Matching gift" and how do I know if I am eligible?
- How can I give and what is ACDS's tax ID number?
- May I designate how my gift will be used?
- I can't give now, but would like to later. Can I do that?
- Can I break my pledge into several payments?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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."
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 email@example.com or (408) 997-0424 x294.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 997-0424.