A co-educational, non-sectarian, independent school serving grades PreK through 8th since 1982

Annual Giving Campaign

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The Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) is Almaden Country School’s #1 fundraising priority! The generosity of our community helps directly sustain the school's operating budget and support every ACS student's education.

The AGC is an integral part of ACS'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.

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FAQs

As a parent, I already pay tuition. Why do I need to donate money as well?

ACS 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 ACS 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 ACS education and tuition, ACS – like other independent schools – turn to parents, alumnae families and other friends of the school to bridge the gap of $1,320 per student.

Why not just raise tuition?

ACS 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 ACS. 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 ACS 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.

What are Annual Giving funds used for and how do the funds benefit my child?

Your Annual Giving dollars are put to use in the classroom immediately and throughout the academic year. These dollars allow ACS to provide outstanding educational enrichment programs and employ quality teachers and staff who create the nurturing educational experience our children love. Specifically, contributions allow ACS to provide:

  • Small class sizes and greater teacher contact
  • Materials for hands-on curriculum for every age level
  • Classroom technology 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.

How much do we need to raise?

This year, to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of one years ACS education we need to raise $325,000.

Are the ACS faculty and board of trustees involved in the campaign?

YES! For the eighth year in a row, 100% ACS’s faculty and Board of Trustees have pledged a donation to this year's campaign! We are grateful for the support as it signals their belief and partnership in our efforts to support every student, every teacher, every day.

How much should I give?

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 $800 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, ACS will reach its goal. Please remember all gifts are tax-deductible and every gift counts!

Why should i considering becoming a leadership donor?

The generosity our school experiences is a result of leaders like you who know their giving has a direct impact for their children's education. You now have several levels of leadership to participate in, 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 School’s Annual Giving Campaign. As a Leadership Donor, the impact of your extraordinary philanthropy is evident in ACS’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 ACS’s most important fundraising project, the Annual Giving Campaign.

How are leadership donor levels calculated?

ACS 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 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 ACS 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.

What is "Matching gift" and how do i know if i am eligible?

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. See the sidebar to the left for an easy link.

New companies are added each year. It’s worth a look.

When applying for a match, companies often ask for the recipient organization’s Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN). ACS’s EIN is 77-0451623.

How can i give and what is ACS's tax id number?

Since ACS 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 ACS homepage and click on the Annual Giving Fund button.

Securities: Many individuals donate appreciated stock or mutual funds to Almaden Country School. Such gifts, or other gifts involving securities, can have significant tax advantages. For instructions, please contact Jennifer Hull at jshull@a-cs.org or 408-997-0424 in the Advancement Office for assistance.

Matching Gifts: Many corporations will match an employee’s gift to a school. Just see sidebar to right for information on matching gifts. When applying for a match, companies often ask for the recipient organization’s Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN). ACS’s EIN is 77-0451623.

I can't give now, but would like to later. Can I do that?

Absolutely! We are happy to take your campaign pledge now and your payment later. All campaign pledge payments are due by May 30.

Can I break my pledge into several payments?

Yes. We would be happy to set up an electronic funds transfer (EFT) for you to make paying your pledge easy. If you’d prefer a different arrangement, please contact Jennifer Hull in the Development Office at jshull@a-cs.org or (408) 997-0424.

May i designate how my gift will be used?

Gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign support our teachers and educational and enrichment program expenses that are fundamentals of an ACS education. If you’d like to make a gift for another purpose, please contact Jennifer Hull in the Development Office at jshull@a-cs.org or (408) 997-0424.

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