Isn't Tuition enough? Why should I make a gift to the Aidan Fund?

No. Like all independent schools, each year Aidan faces the challenge of meeting the highest standards of educational excellence while holding tuition increases to a minimum – and every year, this creates a gap between tuition and the true cost of an Aidan education. The Aidan Fund fills this gap.

Also, gifts to the Aidan Fund can be tax deductible. Tuition is not. For more information about taxable donations, please consult your tax advisor.

What does The Aidan Fund support?

Participation in the Aidan Fund provides vital, unrestricted resources needed for our educational program, faculty development, Montessori materials, and financial aid.

In the recent years, examples of what these funds have provided include the Aidan Bus, a new security system allowing a 360 degree view of the building, new chairs, desk, shelving and lockers for the classrooms, and building and playground upgrades.

Who supports the Aidan Fund?

Parents, the Board, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents, and many members of the school’s community contribute to the Aidan Fund. We are grateful to each and every donor who makes a gift. We seek 100% participation from our faculty, staff and families because it demonstrates to potential donors and grantors that our community is 100% supportive of what we do at Aidan. Every gift—no matter the size—makes a difference.

What is participation? Why is it important?

When we talk about Participation, what we mean is the percentage of potential donors, usually parents, who make a gift of any size to the Aidan Fund in the current fiscal year (which roughly corresponds to the school year - each begins July 1 and ends with the end of the next June).

This percentage is vital in determinations other organizations make about the strength of the Aidan community and our ability to continue to exist. Our parent participation rate, in particular, has a huge impact on outside support. Many corporations, banks, governmental agencies, and foundations consider parent participation rates before agreeing to support to the school, whether through donations, grants, or even loans.

We strive for 100% parent participation each year, and if our rates are not high, it can have real and serious consequences for the school.

How can I get involved?

When our volunteers contact you during the year and ask you to participate, please make a donation or a pledge. Many foundations and corporations look at the percentage of our community supporting the school as they consider their gift to us. So it’s not the amount you give that matters, but your participation.

  • Give today! 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. You can also access our secure, online giving site 24 hours a day, using your debit or credit card. This convenience is quick and easy to use. It also eliminates the need for envelopes, stamps or checks. If you are considering some other kind of non-cash gift such as appreciated stock or real estate, just call us. We are prepared to facilitate those gifts as well: 202-332-2732. For more details about making your gift, please contact advancement@aidanschool.org or see our Ways to Give page.
  • See if your company has a matching gift program. Matching gifts double the effectiveness of your dollars. Please ask your HR department if the program is available where you sign up. If you need assistance with the forms, please don’t hesitate to call us at 202-332-2732.
  • You can also help by sharing with others the vision and purpose of The Aidan Fund.

In addition to The Aidan Fund, what are other ways to support the school?

The Parent Association also raises money for a variety of school programs and events. These fundraisers, such as the Book Fair, help to support the Library, the Spring Picnic, and end-of-the-year celebration for teachers. 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.

Why does Aidan have an annual Auction?

Aidan is committed to serving all interested families that are a good fit for the Aidan community regardless of their ability to pay the full cost of tuition. We can't fully bridge the gap for everyone, but the Board, Staff, and Families who make up the Aidan community are united in striving to make the school as accessible and inclusive as possible, and that requires a big investment. All proceeds from the Auction directly support Financial Aid.

I want to support both the Aidan Fund and the Auction. Is this possible?

Yes! Though the Aidan Fund is our largest fundraiser, the Auction to Fund Students is our second. All proceeds from the Auction directly support the Financial Aid program. We strongly encourage families to make a gift to the Aidan Fund and to donate to the Auction. The Auction donation can take the form of an item for the silent or live auction, time volunteered, attendance at the Auction, bidding, and/or raising your paddle to donate funds directly during Fund-a-Student.

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

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.

May I make my gift anonymously?

Yes. When you send your donation, be sure to let us know either on the return envelope or by emailing us at advancement@aidanschool.org. We will be sure to honor your request.

When should I make my gift?

Gifts are accepted year-round, and the giving year follows our fiscal year, from July 1 - June 30. Gifts made early in this year, so that we can count your participation from the start, have the highest impact.

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