About the Annual Fund
1. What is the annual fund?
Since 1963, The Brownstone School has provided a non-profit, early childhood education program for families from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, and your support allows us to continue that mission. The Annual Fund is crucial to help cover operating expenses, maintain a strong financial assistance program, and offer enrichment activities that enable our students to learn and grow.
2. What is the time period of the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund runs from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
3. Who gives to the annual fund?
Board members, parents, parents of alumni, faculty, and staff. As a reflection of our community’s commitment to The Brownstone School, Board members have achieved 100 percent giving.
4. I already pay tuition, why should I give?
While tuition covers much of our operating budget, it does not cover it in its entirety. The Annual Fund helps close the gap between your tuition dollars and the full cost of operating our school. Your support allows The Brownstone School to:
Provide curriculum and teacher/professional development
Maintain and enhance our own landmarked building
Offer financial assistance, which comprises 10% of our annual budget
With the COVID-19 pandemic, The Brownstone School is now facing new and unprecedented challenges. Our school is navigating a new reality of decreased tuition dollars, severely limited fundraising opportunities and increased spending on critical supplies including PPE, air purifiers, and enhanced safety and cleaning protocols. Gifts to this year’s Annual Fund will enable Brownstone to anticipate the additional challenges ahead and create rapid solutions to support students and families during this time.
5. If I have a limited budget to give to The Brownstone School, do you prefer I support a PA fundraiser or the annual fund?
We have always appreciated your participation in various fundraisers that allow us to attract, support and retain our students and faculty members. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our PA fundraising efforts both last year and this year has been significant. With our severely limited ability to bring the community together for events like the Spring Benefit and Fall Fun Fair, the Annual Giving Campaign is more important than ever. We formally ask all families to demonstrate their shared confidence in The Brownstone School and commitment to its mission by making a gift to the 2020-2021 Annual Fund. Our goal is 100% participation from our families.
6. How much am I expected to give?
On average, our families have donated $2,500, but no donation is too great or small. It is your support and commitment to the school that is most valuable.
7. I’d like to spread my gift over time. Can I make a pledge?
Yes! Please contact Felicia Gordon if you would like to set up a monthly contribution to our school.
8. What is an employer matching gift program?
Corporations that offer matching gift programs allow your support to go even further by doubling or even tripling your donation. Please contact Felicia Gordon or your employer to see if there is a matching gift program.
9. Is my donation tax deductible?
100% of your gift is tax deductible. If you would like your donation to be included for this calendar year tax benefit, donations must be received by December 31, 2020.
10. How can I donate?
Please to donate online, or mail a check to:
The Brownstone School
128 West 80th Street
New York, NY 10024
11. Who can I speak to about giving at The Brownstone School?
Call Felicia Gordon at 212-874-1341 or email her at email@example.com