Annual Fund FAQ

What is the Annual Fund?

It is a yearly appeal to our community of parents, faculty, alumni and friends to help raise funds that bridge the gap between tuition and the annual operating expenses of the school.


Why does the school ask for Annual Fund donations in addition to tuition?

Tuition alone does not cover the annual operating expenses of the school. All independent schools like ours rely on an Annual Fund to help cover operating expenses. The Annual Fund provides crucial financial support to the school, allowing HVS to offer tuition assistance to 56% of school families, helping to maintain a diverse student body.


What are the major components of the school’s annual operating budget?

About 70% of the annual operating budget goes to salaries and benefits for the HVS faculty. The balance supports facilities, administrative costs, program expenses and supplies.


Why not increase tuition?

Many variables are taken into account in setting tuition each year. Every effort is made to balance affordable tuition while sustaining our faculty and programs at the highest standards. Modest tuition increases help to make Waldorf Education accessible to as many interested families as possible.


How important is the Annual Fund?

Without a robust and growing Annual Fund, the school would not have the necessary resources to provide the Waldorf Education that draws a diverse group of families to HVS.


Why is 100% participation important?

The school’s financial strength depends upon the participation of the entire community. Your contribution generates enthusiasm and encourages others to support the school.  Parent participation is a key indicator to major donors, foundations and outside funders that the community is strong and worthy of support.


How much should I give?

All families, regardless of tuition assistance, are asked to give an amount that is meaningful to them.  Gifts range from under $50 to over $5,000. Each and every gift is valued and contributes equally towards our goal of 100% participation.


How do I give?

  • Mail a check to the Development Office, 327 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075.
  • Give online:
  • Stop by the Hawthorne Valley Development Office for more information.