Roger's Park Montessori School is a diverse community located in Andersonville, serving children ages 2 - 14 throughout Chicago.

giving


                                  

a spirit of philanthropy


When you enter the doors of Rogers Park Montessori School, you walk into the hallways of a state-of-the-art educational facility with a deep commitment to delivering quality Montessori education.  You also become a part of a very special community.  For over 50 years, our entire community – parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents, and friends – have been an integral part of our successful efforts to provide exceptional Montessori programming. We could not accomplish what we do every day for the children of RPMS without this support.

RPMS is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt organization that receives no public funding. For this reason, we rely heavily on a spirit of philanthropy in our RPMS community to enrich our programs and improve our facilities. Each gift is important, and no gift is too large or too small.  

There are a number of ways you can support RPMS. We invite you to explore the various ways to become actively involved in the RPMS community through financial, or time, expertise, and resource contributions.  To learn more about how to get involved, or for instructions on how best to structure your gifts, contact our Director of Advancement at 773.271.1700 x414 or kromain@rpmschool.org.





annual giving

Our community’s generosity makes a huge difference . When you give generously, it enhances the wonderful opportunities and the incredible experiences our children have, which enhances the great ideas they take out into the world, and on and on. But, it all begins with you.

The Annual Fund is our top fundraising priority. It directly supports the children and the school, and enhances our academic environment. Gifts to the Fund allow the school to allocate money where it is needed most and help RPMS further its mission.  We depend on Annual Fund donations to ensure RPMS fulfills its commitment to quality education.  The Annual Fund also provides our families and friends with a fully tax-deductible way to support the school.  As the primary fundraising vehicle, RPMS looks to each family to contribute directly to the Fund annually to the best of their ability.

We kick off the Annual Fund drive each fall, and have both financial and participation goals. Our 2017-18 goals are $195,000 and 100% family, Board, and faculty/staff participation. The average gift to the Annual Fund is currently $750, with gifts ranging from $100 to $5,000.

Gifts to the Annual Fund support a number of ongoing priorities, including:

  • Need-based scholarships
  • Montessori teacher training
  • Overnight educational trips and day field trips
  • Student athletes and coaches
  • Arts programming

Participation in the Annual Fund is important when the school applies for grants, since foundations look closely at a school’s rate of participation in the Annual Fund as a sign of support from its community. This year, we were fortunate to achieve 95% participation from current families, 100% of our Board of Directors, and 85% of our faculty and staff.

Click Here to make a secure one-time gift. You may also set up a recurring credit card gift or pledge for future payment.

Questions about the Annual Fund can be directed to our Director of Advancement, Kim Romain at kromain@rpmschool.org  or 773.271.1700 x414.



ways to give

credit card

Please click here to make a secure one-time gift. You may also set up a recurring credit card gift or pledge for future payment.

mail

Send your check payable directly to RPMS

matching gifts

Many companies sponsor matching gift programs that can double or triple your contribution. Please obtain your employer’s matching gift form, and send it with your donation.

gifts in kind

RPMS is grateful for non-monetary gifts which can be used for our programs. Please contact Kim Romain at kromain@rpmschool.org or 773.271.1700 x414 to arrange a gift in kind.

securities & cash wire transfers

If you would like information regarding gifting securities to RPMS, or making a cash gift via wire transfer, contact Kim Romain at kromain@rpmschool.org or 773.271.1700 x414. Please notify our office of your transfer so we may coordinate the proper acknowledgement.

planned giving

Rogers Park Montessori School has a rich history of Montessori education, serving the needs of the child and providing an inspiring environment in which children can reach their highest potential.  These opportunities are made possible through the generosity and commitment of our current families, alumni, grandparents, and friends who have given financially, as well as through their time and resources.

We are honored to have a number of families who are on their second generation of RPMS students.  As our community continues to grow, we offer creative ways to carry on this legacy of giving to RPMS.  These include cash and non-cash gifts (securities, life insurance policies, etc.), retirement plan distributions, and income producing gifts, to name a few. Please contact our Director of Advancement at kromain@rpmschool.org  to discuss what charitable giving options may be best for your family.

special events

The Advancement Team, along with parent volunteers, plans a number of events throughout the course of the school year intended to serve the following objectives:

  • Raise money to support a variety of school initiatives and operating expenses
  • Build community among parents, families, and staff
  • Promote the principles of Montessori education, including encouraging a child-based focus, appreciation of the earth, and interest in peaceful exchange

Please contact us to find out more information about our upcoming special events.

  • Pumpkinpalooza - Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Springtacular - Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Grandparents' Day - Friday, May 11, 2018

For more information on Special Events, please contact Associate Director of Advancement, Billy Surber at 773.271.1700 x415 or bsurber@rpmschool.org.




effortless fundraising

Effortless Fundraising is truly an effortless way to support RPMS.

When you shop at the following stores, RPMS earns a percentage of sales at no cost to you.

Amazon Smile

You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Rogers Park Montessori School every time you shop, at no cost to you. Simply click on the logo below or go to smile.amazon.com, search for Rogers Park Montessori School and select it as the charitable organization to receive donations from your purchases. 

 

RPMS Spirit Store

Be proud to show your colors! Visit the online RPMS Spirit Store or watch for us at an event near you where you can buy t-shirts, pins, hats, bumper magnets, and more! Go to http://www.cafepress.com/rpmschool to start shopping or contact Associate Director of Advancement, Billy Surber at 773.271.1700 x415 or bsurber@rpmschool.org, for more information on showing your school spirit!

Mighty Nest

Looking for products to help you build a non-toxic, eco-friendly and stylish home for your family?

Click here or on the logo and when you shop and 15% of your purchase will be donated to RPMS. Simply click on the button to the right or go to mightynest.com, click “Schools”, “Find My School”, and search for Rogers Park Montessori School. Select it as the charitable organization to receive donations from your purchases.


Box Tops for Education 

Clip this logo from products like Kleenex and Cheerios and send then into school with your child, or purchase items online by clicking here. RPMS receives 10 cents for each Box Top.

 

Book Fair

Don’t want to wait until the next Book Fair? When you shop online at Anderson's 20% of your purchase is given back to the school. Simply go to www.abcfairs.com, search for your books, and add them to your cart. During the checkout process enter Rogers Park Montessori School, Chicago in the delivery information section.



annual report

As part of our ongoing commitment to being environmentally conscious, we are proud to offer the Annual Report online. To download, please click the link listed below:


FAQs
(frequently asked questions)

What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is the school's most important charitable giving program. The Annual Fund is the primary way in which parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends make philanthropic gifts to RPMS each year, making it our most broad-based, flexible and dependable source of gift revenue. Current families are encouraged to make The Annual Fund their first giving priority while their children are enrolled. 

How are Annual Fund gifts used?
Gifts are unrestricted and are used immediately for current programs such as scholarships, faculty compensation and professional development opportunities, co-curriculars, arts and field trips. For current families, gifts to the Annual Fund help complete the operating budget above tuition and fees, an amount equal to about $1,000 per family annually.  

Why not just raise tuition?
Operating a school like RPMS is a costly undertaking. Tuition and fees do not cover the full cost of operation. As part of our mission, we believe a diverse experience gives students a realistic world view. For this reason, we are committed to keeping tuition affordable for a wide range of families to ensure our students enjoy a diverse experience at our school.

We could increase tuition, but we feel there's a place for fundraising in a school like ours. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution, donations to RPMS are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax deductible giving is a smart way to channel needed funds to RPMS for daily operations and also help moderate tuition increases from year to year.   

When should I make my gift?
All gifts made to the Annual Fund between September 1 and August 31 are included in Annual Fund totals. The Annual Fund campaign runs from September 1 through December 31 with a push for 100% family and staff participation in the first 100 days of school. Some donors make a cash gift immediately; others initially specify a pledge to be completed before the end of the school year. Because the Annual Fund supports current purposes, pledges and gifts made early in the school year provide the greatest flexibility in delivering the schools mission. 

Why is 100% family participation in the Annual Fund important?
Believe it or not, your participation in the Annual Fund
 matters more than the size of your gift. It is our goal to engage 100% of the community in philanthropy because it sends the important message that we believe in our school to prospective donors such as foundations, grant-makers and other major donors who are choosing whether to make leadership gifts to RPMS.

How can I make my gift?
Donations may be made with a check, credit card, or through the transfer of stocks and securities. Click here for more information on Ways to Give.

Do donations at RPMS special events count toward my Annual Fund contribution?

No. Donations made at RPMS special events do not count toward your Annual Fund commitment. Both the Annual Fund and Special Events fundraising initiatives have separate financial and participation goals, and both are imperative in order to balance our annual budget.

Do corporate matching gift amounts count as part of an Annual Fund gift?
Yes. Corporate matching gifts count toward the Annual Fund goal and also toward gift circles. 

What are the RPMS Gift Circles?
$5000+ Maria Montessori Circle
$2,500 to $4,999 Peace Circle
$1,000 to $2,499 Pink Tower Circle
$500 to $999 Golden Bead Circle
$1 to $499 Friends of RPMS 

Contact the Director of Advancement at 773.271.1700 ext.414 or kromain@rpmschool.org if you have any questions.









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