The Annual Fund at The Clear Spring School is a vehicle to provide support for programs and operations across the CSS campus. This fundraising effort is an important source of operational support for academic excellence including scholarships, equipment, faculty development and special projects. Annual Fund gifts come from alumni, Board members, friends, parents, and foundations.
The Annual Fund campaign was established in 2002 by the CSS Board to replace the Annual Giving campaign in order to create a year long fundraising effort to better the educational environment on campus. Gifts are tax deductible and can be given on an automatic payment schedule to fit everyone’s budget.
Participation by our CSS families helps to acquire foundation dollars in the form of grants, which look at parental and community contributions in the fundraiser to gauge the support the school has in the community. The Annual Fund is the most effective means available for making the CSS experience the best it can be for our deserving students.
This resource can be used quickly and flexibly to meet needs whenever and wherever they arise. As a result, those contributing can take further pride in knowing that your donation is going towards keeping the CSS spirit of learning with hands on, hearts engaged education for Carroll County children.
Annual Fund FAQ:
Q: If I pledge a gift this year when do I have to pay?
A: When you pledge, designate a time that you will be sending your gift. You can designate anytime as long as it is within the fiscal year, unless you wish to make a planned gift of over 3 to 5 years.
Q: What is a matching gift?
A: You or your partner may work for a company and their subsidiaries will match employee’s gifts to non-profits. Some companies will even double or triple your contribution. Contact the companies Human Resources office to find out if your company has a matching fit program.
Q: Are there various ways of giving to the Annual Fund?
A: Most gifts arrive in the form of check or credit card payment. Gifts can also be made on a monthly basis through automatic bank draft. For tax advantages, donors sometimes make gifts in the form of appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares.
Annual Fund is a necessity, not a luxury. Please give as generously as you can. After all, this is our children’s education, one of the most important investments you can make!