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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 email@example.com or 773.271.1700 x414.
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 Kim Romain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.271.1700 x414. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! Go to http://www.cafepress.com/rpmschool to start shopping or contact Associate Director of Advancement, Billy Surber at 773.271.1700 x415 or email@example.com, for more information on showing your school spirit!
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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.
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 ext.414 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.