Giving Tree Annual Fund

Each year, parents, Trustees, faculty, staff, grandparents, alumni and friends impact the lives of our students by contributing to the Giving Tree. From improving the campus to hiring additional staff, the Giving Tree allows us to invest in the Austin Waldorf School and enrich the experiences of our students and community.

Why should I contribute?

Contributing to the Giving Tree has a significant impact on the school. Support from our community illustrates a belief in the Austin Waldorf School and its mission, and these funds support the people and program that makes this education exceptional. The annual fund goes where it is most needed and supports tuition assistance, classroom supplies, faculty development, funding for new programs, improvements to the campus, and so much more. Tuition alone does not cover the full cost of educating our students, and the Giving Tree closes that gap, making this education possible. Our talented teachers, enriching programs, and beautiful campus are all nurtured by the Giving Tree.

How much should I contribute?

When we say that your gift, regardless of size, has a tremendous impact, we mean it. We ask families to make a meaningful gift, whatever that means to you. If you have questions about your gift, our Development Director, Catherine Ashton or a member of the Development Committee is happy to discuss the ways in which you can meaningfully invest in the school through the annual fund.

How is the money used?

Each year, the money raised through the Giving Tree goes towards improving the campus and creating a better environment for our families and students. In recent years, the Giving Tree helped:

  • Purchase two 15-passenger buses to transport students to field trips and athletic events;
  • Build a gazebo, climbing wall, and basketball court shade awning in the Upper Grades playground; and
  • Hire two assistants in the lower grades to support students and teachers.

What makes the Giving Tree so important is that the money raised can be spent wherever it is most needed. The Giving Tree allows us to go above and beyond, generating opportunities for learning and discovery.

Why does 100% participation matter?

Your donation illustrates your pride in the education your children are receiving. When 100% of our parents, Trustees, faculty, and staff invest in the school it sends a message to our larger community of grandparents, alumni families, corporations and foundations that the Austin Waldorf School Is worth investing in. And, when we invests in the school, students and alumni benefit from the strong legacy of philanthropy that has made the Austin Waldorf School the thriving center for Waldorf education it is today.

How do I give to the Giving Tree?

It is easy to make a one-time or recurring gift to the Giving Tree. Make your gift online at www.austinwaldorf.org/support, write a check payable to the Austin Waldorf School, or set up a FACTS agreement and make your contribution along with your tuition payments. Contact Catherine Ashton at cashton@austinwaldorf.org or (512) 288-5942 x114 for more information.

“The faculty have genuine enthusiasm for their subjects, and that come through when they share them with our children. I appreciate and respect their willingness to bring experiences from different cultures to the students.”