Founded Through Vision and Generosity
Maine Coast Waldorf School was founded in 1984 by a small group of parents and educators who had a vision to bring Waldorf education to southern Maine. Since then, the school has grown from a half day kindergarten class in rented space, to an 80 acre campus offering full day programs to 240 students from early childhood through Grade 12. Today’s donors are inspired by the founding members, fully committed to the school’s mission and vision, and motivated by the beneficial impact of their gifts. We are grateful for our diverse, generous and engaged donor community who provide tremendous support to the school and the children it serves.
Supporting the Whole Community
Maine Coast Waldorf School strives to remain accessible to all families who are committed to pursuing a Waldorf education, regardless of their economic circumstances. Like most independent schools, we cannot rely solely on tuition to meet our operating budget; the cost of a Maine Coast education would be out of reach for many families if we did. To keep costs down while advancing our goals for excellence in teaching, facilities, and educational opportunities, we encourage Maine Coast families to make a tax-deductible annual gift —of any amount—appropriate to their circumstances. These important contributions give our school stability and support an admissions policy that reflects our ideals, while moving us toward a goal of 100% participation. There are a variety of ways to participate.
Making A Difference Today: The Annual Fund
Our largest source of non-tuition income, the Annual Fund supports virtually every area of school life: music, movement, and foreign language programs, remedial work, classroom supplies, field trips and class plays. The Annual Fund also supports the school’s major assets - faculty salaries and maintaining the campus. Contributions range in size from $5 to $60,000 and come from current parents as well as faculty, board members, past parents, grandparents, alumni, businesses, corporate matches to employee contributions, and family foundations. Donations can be made on an annual or multi-year basis, through direct deposit, payroll deduction, check, cash, or gifts of appreciated securities. As Maine Coast Waldorf School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations to the school are tax deductible.
Securing Our Future: Planned Giving and Endowment Funds
Planned gifts and gifts that support our endowment funds will provide the cornerstone for the school’s future financial security.
Planned Giving Program
Planned gifts can provide much needed revenue into the future by benefiting Maine Coast Waldorf School’s operating endowment fund or the tiered tuition endowment fund. Planned gifts can also ensure that a much-loved program or project is sustainable in the future. Planned gifts can include memorial or honorarium gifts, establishing bequests in your will, naming the school as a beneficiary of your retirement account or living trust, or gifts of real estate.
Maine Coast Waldorf School has established two endowment funds which strengthen the school’s overall financial sustainability for the future.
Tiered Tuition Endowment Fund
Established in 2001, this endowment fund was designed to ensure the sustainability of the tiered tuition program for families in the future, while providing interest payments to supplement the upcoming years’ tiered tuition needs.
Operating Endowment Fund
Established in 2006, this fund provides annual income to support the operating fund, helping to secure the legacy and sustainability of the school for decades to come.
Maine Coast Waldorf School initiates major fundraising campaigns to serve the needs of the future, investing in buildings, campus improvements, and program expansion. Past campaigns, between 1995 and 2011, have raised over $4 million for new, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings: two classroom buildings, an early childhood center, a community hall, and a handcraft building, as well as funding for new programs and land purchases.
The 2014-19 strategic plan includes a number of capital investment goals: constructing a high school building on the Desert Road campus, removing the office portable and building permanent office space, adding much-needed classroom and meeting spaces onto the grades campus, investing in the barn, improved parking, building our first athletic field, and improving our trails.
This annual event, held in early November, celebrates the season with fine crafts, music, food, puppetry and entertainment for the entire family, and raises funds to support our annual operations. The Fall Festival includes an admissions open house.
Tiered Tuition Auction
The annual spring Tiered Tuition fundraiser enlists the support of not only Maine Coast Waldorf parents but also the greater Freeport community. The proceeds support the annual Tiered Tuition budget and the endowment fund.
Every summer since 2005, Maine Coast Waldorf School has hosted on our campus Circus Smirkus’ Big Top Tour, an internationally acclaimed youth circus. The proceeds support our movement, operating, and tiered tuition programs.