Annual Fund Drive 2012-2013
"Clover Hill is a sheltering, magical place that provided the best year my daughter could possibly have had. Clover Hill is the best there is."
"Clover Hill gave my son a great foundation for his life. We see the benefits of choosing a Waldorf school for those early years every day as he continues to grow and learn on his own."
2012-2013 is our fourth year of operations and we're excited by the opportunities before us. We're building on the very positive results achieved in Years I - III in terms of enrollment, classroom operations, and fundraising. Our top priorities still are building enrollment and energizing individual giving.
We know that enrollment will fluctuate from year to year due to normal considerations such as changing family needs, 6 year old "graduations" to 1st grade, and household relocations. Enrollment did remain steady this year as departures from last year's class were balanced by newcomers. More important, we have room to grow by as much as 50% because we have not reached the authorized capacity of the kindergarten classroom.
Multiple recruiting activities are being utilized such as the Harvest Fair and afternoon weekday teas with the faculty, all open to the community. Overall, word of mouth has proven to be the most effective approach. Our "rolling enrollment" policy also helps because it enables us to welcome children during the school year so we can grow without waiting for next year.
Our other top priority, stimulating individual giving, is essential because four years of poor economic conditions have had a cumulative and depressing effect on charitable giving. We must redouble our efforts to spread the word about the value of the unique Clover Hill experience. Our marketing and advertising program is being reevaluated and adjusted to ensure that maximum value is being derived from our efforts and expenditures. Online advertising and related promotional tools will play a major role.
We are very proud of what has been achieved so far, and of all that the School has to offer. It is heartening to hear our Waldorf mentors say that, "Clover Hill is a magical, healing place." Even more, we are gratified and inspired as we follow the children and watch them grow. We are also inspired by their parents who are fully engaged and committed to Waldorf education and our mission.
Like most new schools, Clover Hill must pay constant attention to our finances. This is particularly true for Clover Hill because we have not built up reserves as yet. Instead, from the outset we have concentrated on creating a special environment and excellent facilities that would distinguish Clover Hill. This has served us well. Even today, just entering the classroom is a positive experience. We're confident that the classrooms and play yard benefit enrollment.
Making the 2012-2013 Fund Drive a huge success is an urgent priority. Our requirement for funds combined with our belief in our mission has led us once again to the ambitious goal of $75,000. This is comprised of $10,000 from fundraising events and activities, $50,000 from foundations and special gifts, and $15,000 in individual contributions.
Thanks to a foundation grant, we have already reached the 40% mark for the total goal! Now we must focus on individual giving which is essential for all private schools, especially young ones like Clover Hill.
So we turn to the entire Clover Hill community for help in reaching the $15,000 goal for Individual Contributions. Based on past experience, we know that this is achievable if everyone participates, particularly if we reach to make the most generous contribution possible.
Please choose one of the following donation levels as your gift or pledge. Then ask yourself whether you can reach the next level up. Worker Bees and Honey Bees make a big difference! Act before year end for a 2012 tax deduction.
|Clover Flower||Up to $100|
There are three payment options:
Pay By CheckHere are two choices:
- You can send a check today for the full amount of your gift...or
- You can pay 25% today and pledge to pay the balance in three equal amounts:
#1 - 25% by December 31, 2012 (so it's deductible this year);
#2 - 25% by February 28, 2013; and
#3 - 25% by April 30, 2013. The school year and our fiscal year end in June.
Pay By Credit Card
You can make your contribution online by credit card by clicking the button below:
Pay By Financial Instrument
Gifts of stock, bonds or other financial instruments are most welcome. We will follow up if you indicate that this is your preference when you return the Contribution Confirmation Form (click to download the form as a .pdf). Or you can call Brian Moran at (203) 661-6484.
Reminder: Please see if your employer will match your gift. For more information, call Jessica Mullen at (914) 742-4922.
However you choose to contribute, please complete and return the Contribution Confirmation Form (click to download as a .pdf). If you are paying by check, please return it with the form.
Checks should be payable to:
The Clover Hill School, Inc.
P.O. Box 206
Riverside, CT 06878-0206.
We will send an acknowledgement of your tax deductible contribution to the name and address you provide. If you have any questions or suggestions, please call Brian Moran at (203) 661-6484.