Like most independent schools, tuition alone does not cover the cost of a Monadnock Waldorf School education. 20% ($450,000) of our budget is raised through ambitious annual fundraising efforts and the generosity of donors like you. This 20% allows us to offer tuition assistance to deserving families, advancing on our goal of accessibility for all families who are committed to Waldorf education. It makes possible a compensation package for our teachers that reflects their skill and dedication to their students. And it keeps our buildings warm, our play equipment in good order and provides the supplies students use each day in over 24 classrooms.
Founded in a circle of generosity
MWS was founded as a small nursery school in 1976 and has grown to serve nearly 200 students in nursery school through high school at three signature campuses in Keene, NH. A caring and generous donor community, inspired by our vision and mission and committed to our educational values, grew around the school over the decades and now includes current parents, past parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, friends and our own alumni.
In addition to regular and generous gifts to the Annual Fund, MWS donors have also offered resources and commitment to support larger projects. Our donors have helped us to purchase our Early Childhood property, to establish a significant High School Start-Up Fund and to proactively expand and improve our buildings. Time after time, donors have answered the call and the students of MWS have been the beneficiaries.
VOLUNTEER SERVICE : THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS
Volunteer service built Monadnock Waldorf School. Our students and families enjoy the quality education, rich traditions and beautiful environment of MWS today because of the hard work and dedication of hundreds of families who came before them. Volunteer opportunities abound and we can vouch for the sense of satisfaction experienced when a group of people give freely of their time to projects and activities that help to strengthen our school.
Below are specific giving opportunities that support MWS in an ongoing way. If you have questions or ideas, please contact Lisa Mahar, Development Leader.
Our Annual Fund helps to close the gap between tuition revenue and operating expenses. Gifts to the Annual Fund make our tuition assistance program possible, provide modest compensation increases for our dedicated teachers and help us to maintain our buildings and grounds. Last year was our most successful Annual Fund ever! 203 donors made gifts totaling $103,000 in amounts ranging from $10 to $20,000. This year’s goal is for 250 donors to support the school they love with $120,000 in Annual Fund gifts. We hope that a gift to the Annual Fund is a core commitment of every donor. Sustaining monthly gifts are welcomed.
Hans van Riel Building Care Fund
After 26 years of dedicated service to the students of MWS, teacher Hans van Riel retired in the spring of 2014. Recognizing his outstanding contributions in the classroom, the woodshop and throughout the grade school building, a fund was established in his name to care for our 100-year-old school building. Gifts to the fund are used for maintenance, preservation and repair, with an emphasis on the high quality and craftsmanship emblematic of Mr. van Riel’s work.
Greater Opportunity "GO" Fund
The Greater Opportunity Fund was established in 2013 to provide tuition assistance funds specifically for our high school. We remain committed to making a Waldorf high school education accessible to the students dedicated to it. $400,000 in gifts and pledges was raised for the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. We are currently engaged in raising gifts and pledges for the 2017-18 school year.
Music Scholarship Fund
Music fills the halls of MWS beginning with the number songs and finger games of our early childhood programs, continuing with recorder in grade school and flowering with instrumental music and chorus in grades five through twelve. Every student plays an instrument and is expected to take a weekly lesson outside of the school day. The results are as moving as they are rewarding—our orchestra, band and chorus performances consistently bring audiences to their feet and give our students a strong sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Some families struggle to cover the cost of instrument rental and lessons, so generous donors have established a fund to help with just such circumstances.
Callie Hulbert Memorial Fund
In 2006, Callie Hulbert, a beloved member of the sixth grade class, died after a courageous battle with cancer. She loved MWS and her family established a memorial fund with two intended purposes: first, to help make it possible for deserving students to receive needed tuition assistance and second, to make funds available to our longest-serving teachers at the time of their retirements. Over 100 donors responded and the fund reached its initial goal of $500,000 in the spring of 2012. This fund operates like an endowment, with a portion of investment earnings going into the operating budget. Over the next ten years, we hope to grow this fund to $3.5 million in Callie's honor.
We encourage interested supporters to consider including Monadnock Waldorf School in their estate planning. Planned gifts can be made in a variety of ways and may benefit both MWS and the giver long into the future. For more information about establishing a planned gift, please contact Lisa Mahar, Development Leader.