From Seed to Harvest
The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh Annual Fund makes an immediate impact on the quality of the school and directly benefits all students. It is driven by you and your generosity as well as donations from parents, alumni, teachers, staff, parents of alumni, former staff and board members.
This year’s Annual Fund kick-off is on Friday, October 1st, coinciding with our Michaelmas celebration. Our theme, ‘From Seed to Harvest’, is inspired by not only the time of year but also the way in which Waldorf Education nourishes the capacities of our students to grow and develop all year long. Every dollar donated to the Annual Fund counts and provides us with the resources we need to nourish and tend the seeds of our students’ inspired learning. May we celebrate the plentiful gifts that the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh brings to harvest in our students!
What is the Annual Fund?
The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh Annual Fund is driven by gifts from generous parents like you, along with the gifts of alums, teachers, staff, parents of alums, former staff, grandparents, and friends. In 2021–2022, gifts from 155 donors added up to $80,700 in support of our students and programming. Your Annual Fund donation makes an immediate impact on the quality of the school and directly benefits your child and other students.
Why does the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh have an Annual Fund?
Tuition alone does not cover the costs of an independent school education. Like other schools and colleges, Waldorf School of Pittsburgh relies on gifts to help meet annual expenses and provide funding for financial aid, program expansion and teacher salaries. In 2020-21, $600,000 was awarded in financial assistance. This year, WSP awarded $680,000. The annual fund helps us bridge this gap.
What does the Annual Fund do for the students and teachers of the Waldorf School?
The Annual Fund provides resources for our operating budget in support of all aspects of the school, from financial assistance for 50% of our families, to larger mission-driven work, i.e. our Eurythmy program, and (perhaps most importantly!) teachers’ salaries and compensation.
Who else is asked to give joyfully?
Everyone in the Waldorf community! If you’d like to pass along more information about the Annual Fund to your parents, friends, or family, we will send an e-mail for you to share. We hope you’ll share our request widely with your network. A successful Annual Fund, supported by a large percentage of the Waldorf community, directly contributes to the nourishing experience children have at WSP. It affirms and celebrates all that we have helped to grow in our students for a better world. It reflects our belief in the transformative power and beauty a Waldorf Education provides.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Kirsten Christopherson-Clark, Head of School
Bob Roberson, Director of Business Operations