Ways to Give


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 285 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.

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.


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. The extremely successful 2016-17 One Campaign raised $4.0 million 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 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.


Fall Fair

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 Fair 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.

Circus Smirkus

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.

Click here to learn more about Freeport's Magic Matinee Program associated with Circus Smirkus.

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:
Lynne Espy, Development Director
[email protected]
207.865.3900 Ext. 116