What it means, what it does, and why we need it.
Every school wants a supportive and generous community. At Elmwood Franklin School, it's not just a wish; it's a part of who we are. Elmwood Franklin relies on the charitable support of its families, its alumni, and the community-at-large to meet its annual operating expenses. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of providing an Elmwood Franklin education. But beyond its financial necessity, charitable support is at the very core of our being. As an independent school, Elmwood Franklin was founded and is sustained through the active participation of our contributors. And their contributions come in many forms. Below is an overview of just some of the opportunities available for supporting Elmwood Franklin: its mission, its students, its faculty, and its future.
These vital, unrestricted dollars support the school's current operating budget with funds for faculty salaries, financial assistance, classroom materials and activities, technology, library books, field trips, building maintenance, utilities—everything it takes to run the school. The entire EFS community—alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, alumni parents, trustees and Corporation members—is asked to participate. And because the Annual Fund covers the immediate operating expenses of the school—what we need now to educate our students—we ask that donors make it their first giving priority.
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Occasionally the school needs to address larger issues and priorities (often, but not always, related to “brick and mortar” projects) that cannot be covered within annual budgeting. Recent examples include the library media center renovation, the theatre and Upper School renovation, and the dining room expansion. Capital gifts are restricted gifts that are made above and beyond regular annual giving in response to such special initiatives, and they enable the school to plan for and pursue long-term institutional vitality.
Planned gifts are as special as they are varied—the options are numerous. Planned gifts include bequests, annuities, trusts, and even gifts of real estate or personal property. Such arrangements benefit Elmwood Franklin in obvious ways, and they may also benefit the donor through favorable tax consequences or a new source of income. If you have already included Elmwood Franklin in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like the opportunity to thank you personally. If you would like to learn more about the possibility of planned giving, contact your financial advisor or the Development Office.
The EFS Auction is a 20-plus-year tradition that brings parents and others together for a fun and festive evening and also raises significant funds for the school. A team of volunteers, item donors, catalog advertisers, attendees and bidders collectively contribute close to $200K for the students and faculty of Elmwood Franklin School.
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The Parent Council initiates a number of activities that allow families to become more closely involved in the life of the school and lend support to the school, financially, organizationally, and otherwise. Among other projects, the Parent Council organizes two book fairs each year that provide funds for the school and books for the library.
Through events and service throughout the year, the Alumni Council makes strategic efforts to maintain communication with alumni, inform them of current school happenings, involve them in the life of the school, and garner their financial support.
There is no limit to the ways in which our families, alumni, and friends can support Elmwood Franklin. Providing in-kind donations of goods or services, spreading word of the school to potential enrollees, helping out in the classroom or library—the active involvement of our community is what raises us up and sets us apart.
Whatever your ways of supporting Elmwood Franklin School, we thank you. It couldn't be done without you.