The WES Annual Fund is the school’s top fundraising priority and provides immediate unrestricted and tangible support to enhance the annual operating budget. Tuition alone does not fully cover the cost of educating each WES student. The Annual Fund supports the activities and programs that give our students the foundation they need to stride confidently into the world, delight in it, and contribute to it. Your gift gives the students and teachers the tools they need to succeed. Some examples of how your gift is used are below.
Examples of how your gifts are used annually:
A robust Annual Fund Campaign ensures the best possible programs, facility, and faculty for the students. This Fund is the foundation of all fundraising at WES and the level of participation by parents is an important indicator of the loyalty and commitment of those closest to the school.
Yes! We traditionally celebrate 90-100% parent participation and we hope to continue that tradition! For the last 16 years, 100% of the faculty has contributed to the Annual Fund.
Gifts to the Annual Fund range from $15 to $30,000. Large gifts are wonderful, but smaller gifts add up. Although we ask that each family give as much as possible, a high percentage of parent participation is also critical. We encourage every family to participate.
All gifts are important and appreciated. Donors who join many Giving Circles receive special recognition in the Annual Report.
The 20% club is a special recognition for donors who give 20% more than the previous year. Since expenses go up every year, the 20% gift increase helps cover these increased costs and enables WES to add even more program enrichment.
Yes. This is a great way to double your donation dollars! Please ask your HR department whether your employer has a matching gift program. Fill out and submit the appropriate forms and the Development Office will do the rest. You will receive recognition for the combined value of your gift and the matching gift in the Annual Report.
There is a funding gap of approximately $4,000 between tuition and expenses for each child enrolled in WES. If your second child were not at WES, his/her place would be occupied by a child whose parents presumably would make a contribution equal to yours for their one child, providing the financial support needed for each child.
We have chosen not to do so for three reasons:
Gifts to the WES the Annual Fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Some gifts, such as appreciated securities, have special value to the donor at tax time.
We prefer to receive all payments by June 1. When you make your contribution, you will be sent an official receipt that you may use for your tax deduction calculations in the tax year during that your payment was made.
Yes, simply let us know when you fill out the remittance envelope, make your gift online, or notify the Development Office.