The running of our School and Kindergarten is entirely self-funded through tuition fees and fundraising activities. No child is denied a Waldorf Education at the South Shore Waldorf School based on financial reasons.
It is because of this that fundraising is so important to us as a school and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who helps, no matter how big or small the donation. If you would like to help our school and make a donation please read on below to see how you can help make a difference. Donations are tax deductible.
Annual Giving Campaign:
The SSWS Annual Giving Campaign is critical to helping our School meet its fundraising goals. The monies raised through the Campaign go directly to our operating budget, helping to pay faculty and staff and supporting important programs such as tuition assistance.
Waldorf Education makes a difference in the lives of children. It offers an enriched curriculum full of arts, music, handwork, languages, and movement. It provides a screen-free environment in which childhood is protected and it helps children develop into well-rounded individuals. Children learn how to think, not what to think, enabling them to meet the challenges that the future will bring.
Active November to June
We are striving to develop an endowment fund to support the long-term sustainability of the South Shore Waldorf School and annually reduce tuition fees for all families by creating an additional source of revenue from the Fund’s growth. The goal of the Endowment Fund is to build up a capital amount through donations and investments, and then a percentage of the growth is brought annually into the School’s operating fund in order to maintain accessible tuition fees for all families.
The Endowment Fund will not have an immediate result, but instead requires long-term thinking. Many older organizations, such as universities or arts organizations, have this kind of a fund to draw upon. As South Shore Waldorf School enters its third decade we are planning for the future.
Endowments are permanent funds in which the principal is held in perpetuity and a portion of the investment income is expended annually. Endowment gifts provide long-term sources of funding, supporting activities not just for one year, or one generation, but forever. They are invested prudently to ensure sustainability for current and future needs. Endowments effectively strengthen the organizations balance sheet, as it represents a source of permanent savings and ongoing revenue.
An endowment for SSWS would ensure that Waldorf education survives and thrives in Nova Scotia far into the future. This strong financial foundation will serve to match the strong moral and pedagogical foundation that is at the core of the school today.
Educational Support Assistance Fund:
The South Shore Waldorf School works with the Alexander Society for Special Needs to support grade school children who have been identified as benefiting from developmentally appropriate, anthroposophically based educational support.
These sessions are an additional expense outside of the school’s operating budget and have to be paid for by the parents. The Educational Support Program Assistance Fund alleviates some of the financial burden felt by these families by providing needs-based bursaries to cover the costs of assessments as well as ongoing sessions.