Annual Fund

Take RootThe Annual Fund is essential to the day to day operations of the school and for the 2014-2015 school year we’re inviting you to “take root” and play a key role in the development of Waldorf education.

Tuition revenue accounts for approximately 85% of the school’s annual operating expense. The Annual Fund campaign helps fill the remaining gap, allowing us to keep our tuition accessible to a wider range of families.

Our goal is to achieve a 100% Annual Fund participation rate from our Board, Staff, Teachers, and Parents. While this is indeed an aggressive goal, it is possible as each of us reflect on the value and benefits of Waldorf education.

Grandparents, alumni, and friends are also invited to join with us in making Minnesota Waldorf School education a sustainable TwinCities option!

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Annual Fund FAQs

Q. How can I give to the annual fund?
A. For your convenience we’ve partnered with Razoo to accept your secure online donation. A donation through Razoo streamlines the receipt of your gift, save us processing time, and helps to ensure accuracy.

Of course you can also mail your donation to the school or drop off your donation in person at Minnesota Waldorf School, 70 East County Road B, Saint Paul, MN 55117

Q. Why do we hold an Annual Fund campaign each year?
A. The reality is that tuition and fees cover only 85% of our annual operating budget. This is not unique to MWS and is typical of all private K-8 schools. The Annual Fund, along with other fundraising activities such as events and the school store, help to make up the shortfall.

Q. Is it possible to give monthly?
A. It’s not only possible, we encourage it! Sustainable, monthly giving helps ease the monthly financial ups and downs by providing a stable, predictable income stream.

Did you know? For less than a $1 per day ($25 per month) you can become a monthly sustainable supporter and help ensure that MWS continues to offer the finest educational experience in the TwinCities.

Q. Can others support our Annual Fund campaign?
A. Yes! Everyone can make a difference. A significant portion of Annual Fund donations are received from generous grandparents and extended family members, alumni families and friends, in recognition of the impact that Waldorf education has on all of our children and our world.

Q. Do you accept gifts of stocks and other funds?
A. Yes! Please speak with our Business Manager for details on how to gift these types of donations at 651-487-6700 ext: 205 or

Q. I’d love to help but don’t have excess funds at this time. What can I do?
A. We’re sensitive to economic challenges that our community faces and sincerely appreciate even the smallest gifts.

The average American household is expected to save $750 this year from lower gas prices, according to the Energy Department. If each family were able to divert this savings to the Minnesota Waldorf School, we would exceed our financial goals by more that 150% – all without any loss in living standard!

Remember, for less than a $1 per day ($25 per month) you can become a monthly sustainable supporter of MWS. Why not start your annual fund monthly giving today? Simply click on the Donate Now button on this page to begin.

For more information or questions on the Annual Fund, please contact Ron Tracy at

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