Annual Fund FAQ's
Everything You Wanted to Know About Fundraising at AVS...
What is the AVS Annual Fund?
The AVS Annual Fund is the cornerstone of AVS’s yearly fundraising efforts. The Annual Fund kicks off in September and runs through December each year to support the people and programs that make AVS so special:
Talented, dedicated teachers
A low student-teacher ratio
No-cut athletic teams
Small classes in which every student is known and appreciated for their gifts and talents.
Gifts are necessary because tuition doesn’t cover all the opportunities we want our students and staff to receive.
I’m a current parent. Why is it important that I give to the school’s fundraising efforts?
Because the AVS Annual Fund supports current programs, every family is encouraged to contribute at whatever level they are able. Each year we strive for 100% parent participation. We also expect 100% participation from faculty, administration, staff, and trustees.
If independent schools were run in a more businesslike way, couldn’t they avoid asking for gifts?
A for-profit business, whose mission is to make money, is not an appropriate model for a school, whose mission is to provide students with the best education. By nature, high-quality schools are labor-intensive and people-oriented; salaries and benefits make up about 78% of AVS’s annual budget. All of your tuition dollars and gifts go directly to support our educational mission.
What is a matching gift?
Many companies will match charitable contributions by their employees, so that your
gift may be worth double or sometimes even triple its original amount. By asking your company to match your gift, you can maximize the amount of your donation while your company helps to support a worthy cause. Many AVS parents work for matching gift companies – please check with your human resources department to see if they will match your gift.