Annual Fund

Annual Fund

Annual Fund

All about the 2018-2019 RMS Annual Fund “Together”


RMS Annual Fund – “Together”
The Annual Fund is RMS’s most essential fundraising effort and involves all members of the community. It provides the vital difference between what is ordinary and what is extraordinary about the RMS experience. Its impact touches all aspects of our exceptional program, providing resources and opportunities that would not otherwise be possible. We ask our school community to consider RMS as a top philanthropic priority by giving loyally and generously to the School. Support of the Annual Fund ensures that our programs continue to enrich the lives of our students and faculty.

Why it Matters – “Together”
The Annual Fund ensures that RMS has the best resources it needs to provide a rich, robust Montessori – centric academic program – from the classroom to the library, from technology instruction to the playing field, from the theatre stage to the art studio, from toddlers to the eighth grade. The Annual Fund has a direct and positive impact on every student, faculty and staff member. It helps support projects and programs that are beyond the scope of our tuition income. For example, last year we were able to provide help with the Model UN Program, Professional Development for our faculty, Visiting Scholars program, upgrades in technology and so much more. The theme for this year’s annual fund is Together – because #RMSTogether, we can make a difference!

Our Fiscal Year
Pledges and gifts can be made to RMS during our fiscal year, which runs from July 1 – June 30. Gifts to the annual fund are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by the law.

RMS Annual Fund Giving Levels
1965 Society $10,000 +
Maria Montessori Circle $5,000 – $9,999
International Circle $2,500 – $4,999
Falcon Club $1,000 – $2,499
Blue & Green Club $500 – $999
Wishing Woods Circle $250 – $499
RMS Circle up to $249

RMS Advancement FAQ’s
What did funds from the 2017-18 Annual Fund underwrite for this academic year?
$35,000 – Tuition Assistance
$25,000 – Professional Development: faculty training and credentialing, continuing education programs and participation in this year’s American Montessori Society annual conference
$24,000 – RMS Facilities: Campus enhancements, including beautification and pathways and enhanced campus-wide security features
$21,000 – General Endowment
$10,000 – Technology: New MacBook Pros for students
$5,000 – Specialty Programming: Visiting Scholars program

My family is already paying tuition. What does my child get when we make financial contributions to RMS?
Your financial contribution to the Annual Fund supports the people and programs that make Richmond Montessori the terrific school it is: talented and dedicated teachers, small classes, experiential learning, library and instructional resources, technology, enriching arts and athletics programs. RMS relies on a combination of tuition income, charitable donations, income from auxiliary programs and interest income to offer the best possible Montessori education and experience for students and their families.  Without the Annual Fund, integral components of our rich and robust program would be compromised. Charitable gifts are a necessary part of every independent school’s healthy financial profile.

How much should I give to the Annual Fund and how much of a difference can my gift make?
Ideally, current parents identify RMS as one of their top philanthropic priorities and recognize that their contributions make a significant impact. Annual Fund gifts range from $20 to over $20,000. Your gift, when added to those of hundreds of other supporters, can have a large impact. Your participation encourages others to give and sends a message to our community that RMS makes a difference. Every gift counts! Every gift matters!

Should I give if I receive financial aid?
Even though many families make financial sacrifices to pay their tuition, it is still important for every member of our community to participate in the Annual Fund at some level.

When should I make my Annual Fund gift or pledge?
We encourage all families and friends to make their pledges by December 31, 2018, and payments are accepted until the end of our fiscal year, which is June 30, 2019.  Keep in mind that you may pledge your gift and make monthly installment payments as needed. We are happy to structure your gift over our fiscal year. Contact the Advancement Office to set up a pledge payment schedule.

Is RMS eligible for employer matching gifts?
Yes, RMS is grateful to the many corporations that support the school through generous matching gift programs. Please ask your employer about Matching Gift Programs that support K-12 schools. This is a great way to double and sometimes triple your gift to RMS.

To learn more about the Annual Fund and to make a gift online, go to www.richmont.org/donatenow/
For questions, please contact Jill Williams, Director of Advancement at (804) 741-0040 ext. 49 or jwilliams@richmont.org.