2016-2017 Annual Fund

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A group of very generous parents have issued a challenge to our parent community! 

If we can reach our parent participation goal in 100 days, they will collectively give up to $50,000 to the 2016-2017 Annual Fund.  To reach this goal, the School launched a '100 Day Challenge' on August 29, which will conclude at midnight on December 31.  The challenge works like this:

If we reach...                             then we receive...

70% parent participation     =    $30,000

80% parent participation     =    $40,000 

90%+ parent participation   =    $50,000 


This year's Annual Fund goal is $525,000 and 100% parent participation.  We hope you will join us in meeting this challenge by making a gift OR pledge* to the Annual Fund today at the level that is right for your family. 

Together  we can make a tremendous positive impact on our students, teachers and programs this year!

 *Pledges to the Annual Fund can be made now and paid any time before June 30, 2017. Once you make your pledge, you will be immediately counted toward the participation goal.   



Annual Fund FAQ


My family already pays tuition. Why is a gift to the Walker Annual Fund needed as well?


It is a reality not just at Walker but at all independent schools: tuition alone cannot fund the entire cost of a private education. Because tuition only covers 95% of the school's operating costs, Walker is dependent upon unrestricted Annual Fund contributions to help close the gap between tuition and the true cost of a Walker education each year. Your voluntary, tax-deductible support helps Walker address its highest priorities and immediate needs within the current school year's operating budget.


How does the Walker Annual Fund benefit my child and my family?


Every dollar contributed to the Walker Annual Fund is used to provide for the outstanding faculty, programs and facilities that directly benefit your student every day.

Specifically, gifts to the Annual Fund help Walker:

> Ensure that faculty salaries remain competitive so that we can retain the finest teachers, coaches and staff. They also work to provide professional development opportunities so that faculty and staff gain new knowledge and skills in their area of expertise.

> Integrate state-of-the-art technology and new curriculum materials into our classrooms and libraries.

> Provide the resources needed to sustain and enhance our high quality academic, arts and athletic programs.


You stress the need for a high level of participation in the Walker Annual Fund, especially among parents. Why is this so critical?


High participation rates among members of the Walker community are a vote of confidence - a sign that our parents and others invest in our students' future and support the school’s mission. This percentage has a direct impact on gifts from outside sources such as grant-making foundations. High rates of participation are required by foundations before they will consider our grant requests. Walker's participation rates have been instrumental in helping the school secure nearly $3 million in grant funds in recent years.


How much of a difference can my gift make, really?


The Walker School has fewer supporters than a large university or charity. But our needs are just as great, so every gift counts more. That’s why we ask every member of the Walker community – including our Board of Trustees, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, and friends – to make a yearly gift to the Annual Fund.

The culture of philanthropy at Walker - both past and present - allows your child to benefit from an engaging educational experience within an intimately scaled, caring and diverse community where opportunities abound and meaningful relationships inspire transformative learning.


How much should my family contribute?


We ask that everyone in our Walker community give at the level that is right for their family. Gifts at all levels - from the Leadership Society to the Supporter Level - are greatly valued and deeply appreciated.