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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RPMS journey is unlike any other; a journey of incremental, individualized growth, during which our children become fearless learners by both embracing mistakes and celebrating successes. It is a journey grounded in a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural competency; a journey that encourages our children to be critical thinkers, innovators, and global citizens who are deeply connected to the community and the world around them. This is the RPMS journey, and it begins the moment the exuberant toddler enters the front door and continues until the confident adolescent exits as an RPMS graduate.
The Annual Fund supports the RPMS journey for all RPMS children. Your Annual Fund donation plays an important role in helping us enrich each student's journey by:
Every child’s journey leads to a future that will need the skills and values they are developing at RPMS. As our top fundraising priority, we look to each family to contribute directly to the Fund annually to the best of their ability. Join the generations of parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends who have contributed to making each child’s RPMS journey truly exceptional.
We kick off the Annual Fund drive each fall and have both financial and participation goals. Our 2019-20 goals are $210,000 and 100% family, Board, and faculty/staff participation. The average gift to the Annual Fund is currently $750, with gifts ranging from $100 to $6,000.
ways to give
Send your check payable directly to RPMS.
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
securities & cash wire transfers
If you would like information regarding gifting securities to RPMS, or making a cash gift via wire transfer, contact email@example.com or 773.271.1700. Please notify our office of your transfer so we may coordinate the proper acknowledgement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. to discuss what charitable giving options may be best for your family.
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:
Please contact us to find out more information about our upcoming special events.
For more information on Special Events, please contact Associate Director of Advancement, Billy Surber at 773.271.1700 x415 or email@example.com.
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.
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! Contact our Associate Director of Advancement, Billy Surber at 773.271.1700 x415 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information on showing your school spirit!
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.
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.
What is the Annual Fund?
How are Annual Fund gifts used?
Why not just raise tuition?
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?
Why is 100% family participation in the Annual Fund important?
How can I make my gift?
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?
What are the RPMS Gift Circles?
Contact the Director of Advancement at 773.271.1700 or email@example.com if you have any questions.