Ways to Give
The Annual Fund is the first and foremost important component of AWS’s fundraising efforts. Gifts to the Annual Fund account for five percent of the operating budget and are spent in the fiscal year (July 1-June 30). By giving back through the Annual Fund, you help the school to sustain competitive faculty and staff salaries, athletic programs, financial aid, computer labs and technology, and much, much more.
Directed (or restricted) gifts are spent immediately or over a period of a few years for a specific purpose designated by the donor. Directed gifts can support financial aid, a particular academic or athletic program, technology, etc.
The AWS Endowment serves as a financial foundation providing crucial resources to the school’s operating budget each year and securing the best possible experience for AWS students of the future. Gifts that are designated to endowment are invested by the school with the income utilized to meet specific needs of the School. In addition, the school’s policy of spending a fixed percentage of the value of the endowment, averaged out over several years, ensures that the gift continues in perpetuity, helping safeguard the school’s finances through changing economic times.
While a portion of Annual Fund gifts are spent every year toward the maintenance and upkeep of existing facilities, there are times when the board of trustees, guided by a thoughtful long-range planning process, recommends that the school build upon and improve its physical plant and infrastructure. These improvements are funded through periodic capital campaigns during which alumni, parents, and friends of the school are invited to make contributions to the campus itself. In addition, modest-sized renovation projects may be funded with outright support.
Funds from planned gifts, such as bequests and charitable trusts, are added to the school’s endowment and guarantee the school’s ability to serve the community for generations to come. There are a number of ways to include AWS in your estate plans.
• Make a bequest to the school in your will or trust.
• Designate the Austin Waldorf School as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement plan.
• Name AWS as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
• Establish a life income plan.
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