FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
The ESD Fund is fundamental to the School’s operating budget each year. Therefore, dollars raised ensure that the school can attract and support excellent faculty and staff, offer dynamic programming, and allow students access to technology. In these ways, the funds help to maintain small classroom sizes and makes possible professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff. The ESD Fund also enables the institution to offer financial aid opportunities that foster community.
Your gift is both a symbol and a tangible vote of confidence. It enables the leadership of the school to move forward with plans for the year. When our entire community embraces participation and generosity, we create the ESD experience that we all value and treasure.
The ESD Fund offers a tax-deductible opportunity to augment tuition revenue that supports the school’s operating budget. It allows the ESD community—parents, alumni, faculty, staff, board members, grandparents and friends of all financial circumstances—the ability to support the life of the school. This is a common practice for most independent schools throughout the country and is becoming more valuable as we continue to face challenging economic times and rising expenses.
What is the difference between The ESD Fund and other fundraising efforts hosted by the Parents’ Association?
The Family of Funds is a subset of The ESD Fund. We believe you want to know exactly what your gifts accomplish and how they will be directed to the School’s expenses. The Family of Funds provides the opportunity to match your personal philanthropic preferences to ESD’s operating budget. When you make a gift to The ESD Fund, you will the opportunity to direct that gift to one of the eight funds in the Family of Funds:
- Where ESD needs it most
- Academic Programs
- Faculty Professional Development
- Fine and Performing Arts
- Outdoor Education
- Tuition Assistance