Giving

Annual Fund

Cultivating Excellence in Education: The Weiss School Annual Fund

Dear Weiss School Families:
 
The 2020-2021 Weiss School year has opened with great uncertainty! Even with uncertainty, we are still committed to providing the best gifted educational experience for students. Our specialized gifted education is designed to meet each student's individualized academic and social developmental needs.  As a school, we are committed to continuing to pave the path to success for our students. We are excited to announce that the Weiss School Annual Fund campaign is kicking off Friday, November 13, 2020.
 
Like all private and independent schools, the tuition at The Weiss School does not cover the full annual operating costs.  The 2020-2021 Annual Fund will raise the vast majority of the funds needed to bridge the gap between paid tuition and the exceptional Weiss School education's actual real costs.  If you have questions or would like additional information, please email tferguson@weissschool.org
 
We are very fortunate to have a remarkable legacy for the past 31 years of philanthropic support from the Weiss School community.  This year, The Weiss School Annual Fund has a goal to increase parent participation by 10%. This increase will help the probability of securing funding from outside sources such as private foundations and corporations.  We understand that each family has a unique giving capacity, and each donation is welcome and meaningful. We thoughtfully ask each family to support the Weiss School Annual Fund by contributing $1,500 for the 2020-2021 school year.  We value every gift with the appreciation that we are deeply grateful to our families who give beyond the minimum Annual Fund request.   Please consider giving to the best of your ability and making the Weiss School your top philanthropic priority.
 
We need everyone to be ALL IN together to champion this unique school.  To give, please complete the 2020-2021 Annual Fund pledge form and a return envelope will be mailed to your home this week for your convenience. You can also make your contribution online via the Give Now link on our website's Annual Fund page.  All credit card fees will be waived for any Annual Fund donations for the 2020-2021 school year. Please make your contribution or pledge by Friday, December 18, 2020.
 
The Weiss School is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and any donations are tax-deductible.
 
Additionally, numerous companies provide matching contributions when their employees make donations to non-profit organizations. 
Please visit https://doublethedonation.com/weissschool to determine if your company matches employee contributions.

On behalf of the Weiss School, we are truly grateful for your dedication and support. We appreciate your past and continued generosity. We look forward to the rest of a wonderful Weiss school year!
 
WE ARE ALL IN – WILL YOU JOIN US? LET’S BE ALL IN TOGETHER!

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Why an Annual Fund?

    As is typical for most independent schools, The Weiss School relies on its Annual Fund as an important component of its operating budget. Tuition covers approximately 85% of the annual operating budget. The remaining 15% is comprised of Annual Fund gifts, fundraising activities, corporate gifts, and other non-tuition income received from outside sources.
  • Q. Why does the school fundraise?

    The Weiss School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Unlike public and charter schools, The Weiss School receives no local, state, or federal government funding. Tuition alone does not cover everything we have come to expect in our exemplary gifted educational program. The Board of Trustees approves a budget that relies on philanthropic support as one way to keep tuition as affordable as possible. Furthermore, philanthropic contributions provide an opportunity for donors to receive tax benefits while also supporting The Weiss School.
  • Q. How are Annual Fund dollars used?

    Annual Fund dollars are used to support Weiss School academic and extracurricular programs, facility enhancements, and unique school projects. 
  • Q. What is the goal of the Annual Fund?

    We ask all families to consider The Weiss School a philanthropic priority and the Annual Fund is the first and most important fundraising initiative each year. The goal of the Annual Fund is to increase parent participation by 10% among Weiss School families.
  • Q. What is the appropriate amount to give?

    We realize that all family circumstances are unique. Families are asked to give to the best of their ability and we understand that means different things at different times. Some families are able to give a substantial amount while others are only able to give more modestly. What matters most is the act of giving and that every family contributes what they can to support The Weiss School. Our history has shown that when everyone gives as generously as possible, we are able to ensure that The Weiss School programs remain excellent for gifted students. 
  • Q. Are families receiving tuition assistance expected to participate?

    Yes. Gifts commensurate with each family's financial means are welcome and honored.
  • Q. Are gifts tax-deductible?

    Yes. The Weiss School is a nonprofit organization so all gifts and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS. Donors are always advised to seek guidance from their tax preparer to determine tax deductibility questions. The Weiss School Development Office provides donation acknowledgements for tax purposes for all gifts regardless of the amount of the donation.
  • Q. Can we make a pledge?

    Absolutely. Some families choose to make a one-time gift while other families make a pledge to make a contribution in the future. If you do indicate you are making a pledge, please fulfill your pledge commitment by April 30, 2021.

Questions?

If you have any questions or need guidance about the type and amount of gift you would like to make to The Weiss School, please contact Dr. Tammy Ferguson, at (561) 627-0740 or via email at tferguson@weissschool.org.

Why donate to the Annual Fund? Please browse The Weiss School Guide to Giving.
The Weiss School is a co-ed private school that serves gifted students in PreK-3 through 8th grade in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A Weiss School education prepares students to think analytically and creatively, act socially responsible, live vigorously, and create imaginatively in a warm and supportive educational environment.