Lewis and Clark Montessori Fundraising for 2016-17
As a non-profit organization and independent charter school, Lewis and Clark Montessori is supported by funds from our community and from the State of Oregon. We provide a robust Montessori experience to all of our students. For example, our well trained and experienced staff prepare beautiful environments ready for your child’s growth and development. We have an amazing school lunch program, bus transportation, after school program and community learning center just to name a few of the many services we offer. These programs come at a cost and necessitate the full engagement of our community in fundraising to sustain and improve them. We ask you to join our team of donors in fully supporting our school.
All donations to Lewis and Clark Montessori, a 501(c)3 organization, are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by the law.
This year we have three major ways to give:
Meriwether Fund (Annual Fund)
The Meriwether Fund is the largest share of our annual fundraising picture. It is the lifeblood of our program. All Meriwether donations directly support the operation of the school. You can contribute to the Meriwether Fund at any time during the year. Your support will help us raise $70,000 this year. The Meriwether Fund campaign is split into three different drives.
Our Circle of Champions “Make It Monthly”. This helps families and individuals schedule a monthly donation to the Meriwether Fund and plan out their giving for the year.
- Circle of Champions: Monthly Giving Campaign - September 18th - 30th
- A Day of Giving – Tuesday, November 29th
- Spring Drive – April 10th – 21st
The Day of Giving and Spring Drive will focus on both monthly giving and single donations to the school. The Day of Giving celebrates generosity by connecting to a international movement. It allows our supporters to take advantage of giving to the school right before the end of the tax year. The Spring Drive wraps up our Meriwether Fund giving for the year. This drive takes place during tax season so you can consider how to use your tax return.
Fundraising Dinner: Born on the Bayou Benefit Bash
This year, instead of our Spring for Education Auction, we will host a fun and festive fundraising dinner to celebrate and support Lewis & Clark Montessori. As part of this event, we will have wonderful food, small live and online auctions, a paddle raise and a raffle drawing. We are excited to host a great event this year and raise $50,000. You are invited to attend the Born on the Bayou Benefit Bash on Saturday, February 25th.
Runraisers: Runtober (Fall) & Spring in Your Step (Spring)
Twice a year, all our students and staff join together in the fun of fundraising by getting fit while helping our school. Last year these two events raised nearly $20,000 for the school! This year Runtober will take place on Friday, October 7th and the Spring in your Step (Spring Jog-a-thon) will take place on Friday, May 19th. Rain or shine, mark your calendars and join us in supporting our school. Help us meet our goal of $11,000 per event!
Use this overview as a guide to your opportunities to directly impact Lewis and Clark Montessori. Then, please plan how you can support our school this year. Thank you so much for being a vital part of our community!
THE MERIWETHER FUND
Schools need money, it's not a secret. Yet public education funds are shrinking, and schools in many districts are slashing programs to make their budgets work.
Music and arts programs get condensed or cut altogether. As do extracurricular activities like sport and science clubs. Even lunch and recess times are dwindling away.
All to make room for more class time for less money.
Despite careful planning, many schools’ programs are hurting; compromising the potential of our growing children.
At Lewis & Clark Montessori, we refuse to compromise on the elements that are necessary to healthy, thriving children.
In nine years, our enrollment increased by 500% to our current 375 students. Additional expenses come with this level of growth.
Here's the bottom line:
With your generous contributions we will fully live our mission and...
- The market value of the Montessori education we offer is $9,000-12,000 per year.
- It costs $7,200 to educate one child at Lewis & Clark Montessori for one year. Clearly, we do more with less.
- This year, the Oregon Department of Education State Education Fund will contribute about $5,700 per child to our program.
- Raising $1,500 for each of our 375 enrolled students will bridge the gap and give our students the support they need to flourish.
...grow and develop our community of learners.
Together, we will grow the leaders of tomorrow.
...expand our adolescent program to meet the needs of our community.
...refine and expand our programs to best serve our learners.
...give children the chance daily to reach their greatest potential.
When you donate to the Meriwether Fund, you make the work we do possible.
You’re supporting a vibrant organization that accepts no shortcuts to creating the brightest possible future for our entire community and our world.
Thank you for making a difference!
Make a donation to The Meriwether Fund:
WAYS TO GIVE
Please consider how you give to Lewis & Clark Montessori so 100% of your donation will reach us.
Four easy and fee free ways to give:
Other ways to give that include fees:
- Personal Check or cash
- we initiate an automatic withdrawal from your bank with your permission (Call us & we will help get you set up.)
- you initiate and set up online through your bank
- Have a Capital One credit card?
- Ask us about their fee free giving program
Make a bigger difference through Employer Matching.
- Credit Card
- Debit Card
Questions about supporting your school?
- If your employer offers a matching gift program to their employees, you can increase your impact.
- Just ask your human resources department.
- Contact our Development Manager, Peter Jensen
- Or just give us a call at 503-427-0803