Annual Fund

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a yearly appeal to our community – parents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends – to raise funds that bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the school’s operating expenses.

What are the major components of the school’s annual operating budget?

Faculty salaries and benefits comprise 76% of WSRF’s operating budget. The balance supports curricular and co-curricular programs, financial aid, equipment, utilities, insurance and the like.

Doesn’t tuition cover all operating expenses?

Tuition covers only about 62% of our annual expenses. The remainder must be funded through other sources; in most independent schools, this comes through annual fund giving.

Why not raise tuition?

An school that charged the full cost of educating its students would price itself out of the market; hence nearly all independent schools have Annual Funds. Keeping tuition increases as modest as possible also helps to make a Waldorf education affordable to as many qualified students as possible.

What makes WSRF an independent school?

The school is a nonprofit organization that operates without financial support from federal or state governments. It designs its own program and curriculum and is accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. The school relies solely on tuition revenue, philanthropic gifts, and other fundraising efforts to meet its operating expenses.

How important is the Annual Fund?

Without a robust Annual Fund, the school would not be in a position to offer the range of programs that the community has come to expect as part of the exceptional Waldorf experience we provide.

Why is 100% participation important?

The school’s financial strength depends upon the participation of the entire community. Parent participation levels are also viewed as a barometer
of support and are carefully viewed by foundations and outside funders considering grants or gifts to the school.

How much should we give?

Won’t you consider making our children’s education, and their school, Silks & your top philanthropic priority? Please be as generous as you can be… and THANK YOU!

What does the Annual Fund support?

Everything! It pays for the books in the library, the salary of your favorite teacher, the paint brushes for art class, the Petri dishes for chemistry, soccer balls, Eurythmy slippers, financial aid, building repairs and much, much more.



Gifts of all sizes make a difference. Your generosity allows us to offer students a unique educational experience and to strengthen programs that will attract and retain talented, caring teachers. Gifts to the Annual Fund benefit every teacher and every students every day!


Inventor’s Circle                     $15,000+

Explorer’s Circle         
            $10,000 – $14,999

Roman Circle                          $5,000 – $9,999

Athenian Circle                        $2,500 – $4,999

Norseman’s Circle                  $1,500 – $2,499


House Builder’s Circle           $1,000 – $1,499

Moses’ Circle
                         $500 – $999

Saint Christopher’s Circle       $250 – $499

Golden Goose Circle               To $249


In addition to making a one-time donation, there are other ways to structure your contribution, such as monthly recurring gifts.


Gifts of stock or other securities benefit WSRF and may provide additional tax advantages to donors. Contact the school for specific transfer instructions.

Many employers offer matching gift programs that may double or even triple your Annual Fund contribution. Contact your employer’s Human Resources department 
to determine matching gift availability and program terms.

Contact Julie Oldham, Annual Fund Chair,
at, or Anne Menconi, Community Development Administrator at or 970.963.1960

“A number of forces guide my interest in supporting WSRF. Now that my daughters have graduated from college, I will share one. I believe that supporting WSRF is one of the most effective uses of my limited time and resources. A successful farmer knows that his future is dependent on building good soil, and WSRF is the very best soil for young souls. The curriculum and teachers plant seeds that will bear fruit in ways that we cannot imagine. Moving to learn math, singing a main lesson, knitting and woodworking, eurythmy, and more are integrative therapies for young people trying to learn what it means to be human at this time. I give because WSRF is an investment in good soil.”

— Bob Schultz, Grace ‘02 and Sarah ‘04