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Litchfield Montessori School, like all independent schools, relies on fund raising to offset the difference between tuition and the cost of maintaining the quality of our educational program. At Litchfield Montessori School tuition covers about 80% of the cost of a child’s education, but the school depends on the generous giving of friends, alumni, current and past parents, and grandparents to support its annual operating budget.
Generosity to the school can come in many forms, including the donation of supplies, equipment, and time, as well as dollars. In particular, fund raisers such as the annual wine and beer tasting depend on volunteer time as well as donations.
Support the Annual Fund
The Litchfield Montessori School's Annual Fund is the foundation of the school's annual giving program.
As a non-profit institution, LMS relies on unrestricted donations to help offset expenses. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of educating our students. Beyond tuition dollars, the Annual Fund supports financial aid to allow greater diversity and equal access to our program; teacher enrichment, training and compensation; and capital improvements and building maintenance. The Annual Fund helps defray the 20% gap between tuition revenue and actual operational costs.
Please consider making a tax deductible gift to the Annual Fund to help the school maintain our extraordinary program as well as to help advance the school's mission.
Yearly Gala Fund Raiser
Each year we hold a gala fundraising event to support the school. For the last several years this event has been a Wine and Beer Tasting and Silent Auction. This event is held each year at the Litchfield Community Center in Litchfield, CT, and would not be possible without the generous support of local community merchants and LMS families. Proceeds raised from this event support financial aid to students, curriculum and program materials, and faculty training.
There are several ways you can help with this important event:
- The most important way you can help is to sell tickets to the event!
- Secure event sponsorships from local merchants or business contacts.
- Offer a donation for our silent auction.
- Volunteer to help in planning, marketing or running the event.
Giving stock/securities as a charitable donation is a great way to help the school, to hold onto your cash reserves and still be able to gain significant tax breaks. You can learn more about the benefits of giving investments to charity here: How to Give Stock to Charity. To make a donation of securities, please contact the Main Office at 860.283.5920
Leave a legacy that will help strengthen and sustain Litchfield Montessori School for generations to come. For further information, please contact the Main Office at 860.283.5920.
Make Your Shopping Count!
There are many ways to give at LMS. Many people give by volunteering their time, baking for events, or donating items to the silent auction. But did you know you could give while you get your shopping done? Below you will find descriptions of the various ways you can go about your day-to-day shopping, while making a financial contribution to LMS at the same time and at no cost to you!
Do you shop online? The Amazon Smile program supports non-profit organizations. By following this link you can link Litchfield Montessori School to your Amazon account. Then shop at www.smile.amazon.com and a portion of the proceeds will come to us!
Stop & Shop
Register for Stop & Shop’s A+Bonus Bucks. With every purchase made using your Stop & Shop card, the school will earn money that can be used to purchase needed supplies. Stop & Shop will send the school a check at the end of the year for the Bonus Bucks that are earned.
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops is a program sponsored by General Mills, Inc. that supports schools across the country. Participation in the program is simple, potentially lucrative and virtually costless. All people need to do is cut off the “Box Tops for Education” labels from the more than 100 eligible products and bring them into school. A list of participating products can be found at www.boxtops4education.com.
The school will have a collection box located in the Main Office. Each label is worth 10 cents, which adds up quickly! General Mills will send us a check soon after we mail in the labels.
There is an additional way of earning cash through the Box Tops for Education programs:
Shop online by joining Box Tops for Education Marketplace and our school could receive up to 8% of your qualifying purchases at over 60 online stores including Lands’ End, GAP, Sears, Target, Staples, Pottery Barn, ZooBooks and many more. Simply log on to www.boxtops4education.com.