One Campaign


We did it! Your generosity helped our community reach our $4.27 million fundraising goal for the 2016-17 One Campaign! THANK YOU!

90% of current parents contributed to the largest capital campaign in our school’s 31-year history. And we did it with gusto—in just shy of a year from organizing the One Campaign’s volunteer leadership.

The One Campaign Cabinet convened for its first meeting (January 21, 2016) to design a plan of how best to bring the community together in celebration and collaboration to raise the money we would need to realize our collective vision for a unified campus. And it was a lot of money.

On Leap Day (February 29, 2016), our “Look Back, Leap Forward” event brought together founders, alumni families and students, faculty, staff, current parents and the newly formed One Campaign Cabinet to celebrate the future of what can be, while giving thanks to the solid foundation of what has been.

Extraordinary giving in the silent phase of the Campaign included a $1 million grant from The Windover Foundation. With that, we announced that we’d raised $3.8 million in pledges and gifts at the “Breaking New Ground” event on September 16. As we opened the public phase of the Campaign, a legendary phone-a-thon helped us reach out to each parent in the school, launching a series of one-on-one meetings and discussions that lasted through the end of the year.

In late October, we received more wonderful news: a $100,000 challenge gift offered by a grandparent to help us reach our fundraising goal by the end of 2016. That powerful incentive, followed by a $20,000 grant from Davis Family Foundation and numerous heartfelt expressions of what our school means to our hardworking families, did the trick! Words can’t express how grateful we are for the donors who challenged and motivated us to push on toward our goal.

As we began 2017, your gifts toward our fundraising goal ensured a unified campus at Maine Coast Waldorf School. What’s more, we built the necessary infrastructure to secure a lasting vision of our collective future. Like so many projects in life, especially those as ambitious in scope and purpose as ours, more can always be done. Only a community as committed as ours, with its deeply philanthropic roots, can support this amazing growth.


Maine Coast Waldorf School initiates major fundraising campaigns to serve the needs of the future, investing in buildings, campus improvements, and program expansion. The extremely successful 2016-17 One Campaign received $4.3 million in charitable gifts, supplemented with a $2 million bank loan, for a number of capital investments: constructing a High School building on the Desert Road campus, Community Hall additions, an Educational Support Center, and improved outdoor spaces.  

Past campaigns, between 1995 and 2011, raised over $4 million collectively for new, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings: two classroom buildings for Grades 1-4 and Grades 5-8, an Early Childhood Center, the original Community Hall, and a Handcraft Building, as well as funding for new programs and land purchases.


An education both timeless and timely.

Ways to Give

All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Cash gifts provide a safe and secure way to make a tax-deductible gift today. These donations may be made by cash or check, payable and sent to Maine Coast Waldorf School. Or make your gift online.

Gifts of Securities
Gifts of appreciated securities provide immediate tax benefits and avoid capital gains tax.

Planned Gifts: IRAs, Bequests, and Trusts
Naming Maine Coast Waldorf School as the beneficiary of an IRA, a Bequest, or a Trust provides tax and financial planning benefits to you, as well as future support for the school.

If you have questions, please contact:
Laura Bonarrigo, Development Director
[email protected]
207.865.3900 Ext. 116