FAQ

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Doesn’t tuition cover all of Aidan's annual operating expenses?

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No. While tuition is the largest source of income, there is still a gap between tuition income and the actual cost of an Aidan education. Annual Giving helps to bridge this gap. Most independent schools rely on philanthropic gifts as well as a variety of other sources of incomes to help meet its annual operating budget.

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What does Annual Giving support?

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Annual Giving provides crucial funds for virtually every aspect of life at school including classroom materials, academic and specialty programs, competitive salaries and benefits for faculty and staff, building and grounds maintenance, and so much more. Gifts to Annual Giving are unrestricted, providing the School with flexibility for areas that need the most funding. Aidan’s Annual Giving relies on volunteers from all parts of our community to be successful.

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Who supports Aidan's Annual Giving effort?

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All members of the Aidan community are asked to participate in Annual Giving. Current parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, alumni parents, special persons, and friends of the school who believe in the work we do and support our mission contribute to Annual Giving. We strive for 100% participation from our current families and stress meaningful participation from our other constituent groups.

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How can I make my gift to Annual Giving?

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You can make an outright gift at any time or make a pledge payable by June 30 of the current fiscal year. Aidan can accept gifts of cash, check, credit card, stock and other marketable securities. Annual Giving gifts can be made online through our secure giving form. For more details about making your gift, please contact giving@aidanschool.org or see our Ways to Give page.

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What about the other fundraisers in addition to Annual Giving?

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There are a number of other ways that Aidan raises money for the operating budget and other important things for the School. Each year, Aidan hosts the Annual Auction for Financial Aid, which helps to provide funding for those who would not otherwise be able to afford an Aidan education.

The Parent Volunteer Association also raises money for a variety of school programs and events. These fundraisers, such as the Book Fair and Bake Sales, help to support the Library, the Spring Picnic, and Teacher’s Luncheons. Through community service projects, Aidan gives back to those who are less fortunate and teaches our children service to others as part of the Montessori curriculum.

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How much should I give to these efforts and which ones should I support?

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Only you and your family can determine how much to give, but we hope that you will be as generous as possible. We also understand that not every family can contribute to every effort. We encourage you to make participation in Annual Giving a priority and hope that you will support the school’s other efforts to the best of your family’s ability. We are grateful for each and every gift no matter how large or small.