Annual Giving Campaign

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Annual Giving Campaign

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What is the Annual Giving Campaign?

The Annual Giving Campaign is a direct appeal to parents, grandparents and other relatives, faculty, staff, Trustees, alumni families, friends and acquaintances, for financial contributions and importantly, the pledge of time, expertise and community support. In recent years, we began formally recognizing the volunteer time that our families and community donate as a key contribution. Our Annual Campaign pledge form now provides a place where this donation of time is quantified.

Why is Annual Giving necessary?

In previous years, tuition, fees and government grants covered about 90% of the annual operating expenses of the school. As of 2015, we are happy to announce that the annual operating budget will no longer depend on donations including the Annual Giving Campaign or in general. The intended purpose of future Annual Giving Campaigns is to help bridge the gap between operating expenses and investments required for strategic needs and initiatives.

What are the major components of the school’s operating budget?

About 70% of our operating budget funds salaries for teachers and staff, 10-15% supports facilities and capital improvements, furniture and equipment. The balance (15-20%) funds other expenses such as programs, trips, professional development, mentoring, concerts and festivals, community development and outreach.

Why not raise tuition?

There would be a significant increase in tuition if the VWS were to cover its strategic costs this way. No independent school can charge the full cost of educating its students without pricing itself out of the market. That is why every independent school has an Annual Giving Campaign. In addition, tuition is a non-tax-deductible contracted contribution to the school, while gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign are fully tax-deductible.

Are there other fundraising activities at the VWS besides the Annual Giving Campaign?

Yes. In addition to asking everyone in the school to participate in Annual Giving, we have ongoing projects each year that also raise funds including the Christmas Fair and other events.

Do corporations and foundations support the Annual Giving Campaign?

Corporations typically contribute to independent schools by offering matching gifts to their employees’ contributions. Please inquire at your place of work if there is an employer’s matching gift program.

How important is Annual Giving to the VWS?

Very important… your donation income and the positive support generated by volunteers and donors creates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you in supporting the school, and it is an important indicator to foundation and major donors that we have consistent support from our community.

How much should I give?

You are the only one who knows how much you are able to give, and we ask only that you give to the best of your ability. The act of giving is more than the monetary result. Whatever you decide to donate will make a difference.

How do I give?

For more information, contact our Development Office
604-985-7435
development@vws.ca

Upcoming Events

Dec
21
Thu
2017
12:00 am End of Term
End of Term
Dec 21 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Last day of fall term. Partial day, GS dismissal at 12:20 pm, no ECC aftercare, no After School Program
7:00 pm Shepherds Play
Shepherds Play
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Dec
22
Fri
2017
12:00 pm Winter Break
Winter Break
Dec 22 2017 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 5 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Holiday – School Closure. Administrative offices will be closed from noon on December 22 through to January 2.
Jan
8
Mon
2018
12:00 am Winter Term Begins
Winter Term Begins
Jan 8 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
First day of winter term
Jan
10
Wed
2018
7:00 pm VWSS Board Meeting
VWSS Board Meeting
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The VWSS Board of Trustees meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please contact the Board Chair at chairbot@vws.ca if you wish
Jan
11
Thu
2018
1:20 pm Adult Eurythmy Winter Session
Adult Eurythmy Winter Session
Jan 11 @ 1:20 pm – 2:10 pm
Drop in for $10, no experience necessary

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