ACE Academy conducts an Annual Fund Campaign in the fall. Your Annual Fund contributions will help ACE Academy succeed by supporting essential elements of the school’s commitment to educating our children. Gifts will be allocated to the following areas:
Faculty salaries and professional development
Performing and visual arts
Science and technology
Library and audio-visual experiences
We ask every family to support the school by making an Annual Fund gift that is meaningful to you. Our goal is to achieve 100% participation from all families, staff, and Board members.
A successful campaign is a positive reflection of the support that our entire community – Board, faculty, staff, and parents – offer the institution. High participation demonstrates high confidence in the school. Foundations and businesses examine the participation rate of annual funds when deciding whether to award grants and corporate gifts.
The only gift that is too small is no gift at all!
To make your contribution, you can donate online or fill out and return this form to the school. Remember that employer-matching gifts can multiply the value of your contribution.
For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
The Annual Fund is designed to address the “gap” amount for funding an ACE education (the difference between the revenue from tuition and the actual cost to run the school). Also, parent participation in the Annual Fund is a significant metric that corporations and foundations use to assess the school when deciding whether to award donations and grants. A high participation rate shows that ACE parents invest in and support the school.
Every year the goals of the Annual Fund shift depending on what the school needs. A portion of our Annual Fund will help to subsidize a percentage of our scholarship allocation for the year. By offering scholarships, we will be able to better diversify our school and ensure a wide range of student experiences.
Private schools raise up to 20% of their budgets each year with Annual Fund Drives. Public schools raise thousands of dollars, as well, to provide for curriculum gaps. Instead of raising tuition, we need to raise extra funds so that we can keep our tuition as low as possible. Our tuition rate is set at an amount that covers our basic operating expenses. With the Annual Fund, families can make a tax-deductible donation to help the school raise extra funds.
Many people think that corporations are one of the largest donors in the philanthropic world. The opposite is true. Last year, corporations were responsible for only 11% of giving in the U.S. Corporations also tend to give only to events or large-scale organizations that can ensure adequate press coverage and public relations opportunities. This makes it challenging for small private schools to secure those funds. ACE is applying for grants with various foundations. Foundations examine family participation rates in Annual Funds; your contribution will help us secure foundation support.
We ask that all families be ready to spread the word. Not only will we be asking faculty, board, and parents to support the annual fund, we will be asking you to forward information on friends and family so we can add them to our mailing list.
No gift is too small. We are looking for 100% participation to support our grant applications to foundations. Your gift will make a difference.
An adults-only evening of entertainment, music and mingling, the Spring Gala features a live and silent auction as well as a host of surprises. Held at different locations each Spring, the Gala is a featured fundraiser for ACE Academy.