OVERVIEW OF GIVING
At West Side Montessori School, a deep wellspring of generosity of spirit has sustained us from our earliest beginnings and enriches us to this day. We have a long tradition of counting on our community, including current families, alumni and alumni families, grandparents, and friends. WSMS relies on two annual fundraising efforts to help us accomplish our goals: the Annual Fund, which runs through June 30th each year, and the winter Auction event.
Contributions to the Annual Fund provide crucial unrestricted support that can be used to finance such priorities as program enhancements, teacher salaries and professional development, and facility upkeep and improvement.
The Auction event, hosted to benefit the WSMS Financial Aid Program, harnesses the collaborative power and generosity of our community. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Auction help to provide tuition assistance to nearly 40 families, and empower WSMS to maintain the diversity and cultural dynamics of the community that we love and value.
In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the WSMS Board of Trustees designated an endowed fund of $1,000,000 named the Founders Fund for Financial Aid. In honor of the five founding families, this fund ensures that WSMS will continue to provide one out of every five students with financial assistance in order to continue the economic, social, and cultural diversity that is key to the school’s mission.