Fundraising: What We Do and Why
Giving to The Phoenix School takes many forms: donations to our Annual Fund, our annual Auction and other special events, and student events like our Haunted Happenings* Children’s Costume Party and Readathon, sales of student artwork, and income from grants. It enables the school to retain outstanding teachers and administrative staff, allows us to keep tuition as low as fiscally possible, and purchase materials to enhance the curriculum. We ask that every family make a gift to the Annual Fund and support the major Parent event—our Auction. We welcome both donor generosity and high levels of participation from parents, alumnae/i, and friends. Just as we have benefited from the generous gifts of the past, it is our responsibility to give for the future.
Our development initiatives
Tuition does not cover the entire cost of educating a child at Phoenix. The remaining funds must be raised through gifts and other fundraising. Five kinds of fundraising are part of Phoenix: Annual Giving; Parent Fundraising events such as the Annual Auction; Student Fundraising such as the Haunted Happenings Halloween Costume Party, Readathon, and sometimes Valentines’ Day businesses; sales, and grants.
Each year the Board of Trustees approves an operating budget with the following priorities:
- a continued commitment to support student financial aid to ensure that qualified students who might not be able to afford a Phoenix education may attend The Phoenix School
- tuition will be as low as is fiscally possible. For the last three years tuition has remained at current levels.
To fund these priorities, the budget also includes an annual Annual Fund goal for each year. This year we have a goal to raise $60,000. Parents, faculty and staff, alumnae/i and their parents, grandparents, and other friends of the school join members of the Board of Trustees in contributing money as well as volunteer time and skills to this effort. Although the size of your gift may vary according to your personal circumstances, we ask that your gift be personally significant for you and your family. Regardless of the size, the fact that you cared enough to give is important. In addition to 100% participation on the part of the Board of Trustees and faculty and staff, we aim for 100% participation on the part of our current families. Our goal is to build an even stronger Phoenix School – for today’s students and for those who will join our community in the future.
Each year parents are responsible for one major fundraising event in the fall, and a second event in the spring. Each family is responsible for donations, ticket and raffle sales, as well as volunteer time. The proceeds from these events support financial assistance and materials and enrichment activities to enhance the curriculum. Participation in the annual auction and other parent fundraising events is a great way to get to know other Phoenix parents.
Student Artwork or Phoenix Chocolates
Twice a year, in November/December and May/June, parents have an opportunity to order their children’s artwork on note cards, in a framed poster, on a container with a dozen Phoenix chocolates made by Harbor Sweets inside, or a piece of folk art. These items make very special gifts as well as document your child’s artwork.
- a set of 12 notecards and envelopes $25.
- a dozen chocolates in container $25
- Folk art on a stand $35
- 11 x 14” framed poster $50
- 11 x 14 framed artwork $50
There is a $20 tax deduction on each purchase.
Students raise money for The Phoenix School through several projects that are an integral part of their curriculum, including the Annual Read-a-thon. A percentage of the proceeds from these events goes into the students’ EarlyAct Club Young Philanthropists’ Fund. The Early Act club may also host other fundraising projects (such as bake-sales) which go 100% to the Philanthropists’ Fund. At the end of the year the whole school researches and considers a variety of charities and their needs in order to decide together how to give away the money they raised.
In addition, the EarlyAct Club works with their sponsor the Salem Rotary Club to collect change monthly for Change For Changing Lives to support the North Shore Moving Market. EarlyAct officers make regular presentations to Rotary.