Ways To Give

    Investing in our children as learners is a vital component of our community. We have a variety of ways to give to Sunstone’s Annual Fund. Please give whatever you are able to offer. Participation matters and every gift of any size will make a difference. Thank you for committing to our community and supporting Sunstone!

    True Tuition ($750) and True Tuition Plus ($1,500)

    In order to keep our program affordable for more families, tuition is set below the true cost of education at Sunstone Montessori School. You can help keep our program affordable, and support families for whom tuition would otherwise be out of reach, by making up the difference between tuition and the true cost of education at Sunstone Montessori School. 


    Monthly Contributor

    I like the ease of the monthly contributions. It’s good to know that I’m supporting the Sunstone Community and I can just set up the payments at the beginning of the year and not worry about it further.   —Sunstone Parent of Two

    Monthly contributors make a pledge for the year and have that pledge deducted in monthly increments over the course of 12 months. Consider setting up an automatic monthly charge to your school account. A small percentage per month offers a yearly donation that makes a positive impact on our school.


    End-of-Year Campaign

    Our End-of-Year Campaign extends through December 31. You can make a one time gift at any level that you are able to offer. Participation matters and every gift of any size will make a difference.


    Corporate Matching Funds

    Here is your opportunity to increase your donation’s impact at Sunstone. Many companies will match their employee’s or their family’s giving annually.  Check to see if your employer participates in matching charitable contributions, and contact Shanda, stryon@sunstonemontessori.org, to get started today.


    Donate Stock

    Transferring stocks to Sunstone Montessori School is a great way to support the Annual Fund. When you donate stock, you will receive a tax deduction equal to the stock’s market value but with no capital gains tax imposed on the sale. Please download and fill out the information on our authorization form, send it to your broker, and contact Shanda, stryon@sunstonemontessori.org, to let her know that the transaction is in process.


    IRA Rollover Gift

    For those 70½ or older, another great option is to make a charitable IRA rollover gift. You can transfer up to $100,000 per year directly from your IRA to Sunstone Montessori School without reporting the distribution as taxable income. Since your charitable transfer of IRA funds qualifies as a required minimum distribution, this can lower your income and reduce your taxes. Please contact Shanda, stryon@sunstonemontessori.org), for more information.

    Make a Pledge at Our Auction & Gala

    Each year our Auction and Gala brings our community together to support and celebrate Sunstone.


    Planned Giving

    You can create a legacy through a planned gift which supports Sunstone into the future. Examples of planned gifts are bequests and gifts in wills, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, retirement funds, real estate, life insurance policies, and life insurance to replace a gift. The benefit of planned gifts is that they can cost you nothing in your lifetime and still support Sunstone in the future. Please contact Shanda, stryon@sunstonemontessori.org, for more information or click below to pledge your planned giving.


    Reward Programs

    There are a variety of ways to support Sunstone throughout the year:

      • For Small Hands (October-December): This fundraising opportunity allows Sunstone’s friends and families to purchase unique educational toys and materials from the Montessori Services catalog. A portion of every purchase during the For Small Hands sale is donated back to Sunstone so that we can purchase additional materials for our classrooms.
      • Shop and Earn: Sign up for reward programs that give back to Sunstone including Fred Meyer Rewards and Smile Amazon. After you sign-up all you do is shop as normal and Sunstone earns cash each time. Win-win.



    Shanda Tryon,

    Operations and Development Manager



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