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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.

Annual Giving
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.

Parent events
Phoenix parents are responsible for an online Auction and Gala in the fall and an online auctio0n and clambake in the spring. We ask parents to participate with gifts of donations, purchase of tickets, attendance at the event, and volunteer time to make each Auction a spectacular evening as well as a profitable venture.

Student Events
Students are an integral part of the fundraising efforts of the school. They may create and host a Haunted Happenings Costume Party and parade in October, participate in a Readathon Month, and/or run a Valentines’ Day business. Each event for which they are responsible, however, is primarily an extension of their academic program. The October event integrates engineering, science, math, writing, and creative arts; the Readathon celebrates literacy; the Valentines’ Day business are part of a study of economics. 10% of the money they raise goes to their EarlyAct Young Philanthropists’ Fund and is used to fund projects throughout the world. The decisions about how their money will be donated is made by the whole school after a careful analysis and discussion of the possibilities.

In November/December and May/June, parents have an opportunity to order their children’s artwork: note cards, folk art on a stand, chocolates in a decorated container, framed posters or artwork.

In addition, we solicit and receive grants to support our educational programs. We are particularly grateful to the Florence V. Burden Foundation, the Charles M. Mastronardi Foundation, and the Salem Public Schools for their support.