Ways I Can Give
As an educator for peace, I strive to provide quality Montessori not only for the children in my care but for all children. This is why I became a monthly contributor to Sunstone years ago, and why I continue to this day. We cannot provide this life-changing experience for children without your support. Even the smallest ongoing contribution bolsters and enriches our community. —Virginia Stone, Sunstone Staff
Sunstone’s 100% Participation Program shows everyone’s investment, commitment, and involvement which affects the outcomes of our children’s programs. Investing in our children as learners is a vital component of our community. We have a variety of ways to give to the One Big Family 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 ($1,000) and True Tuition Plus ($2,000)
Our tuition covers 90% of our operating expenses but there is still a gap. With our True Tuition program, donors help fill that gap with a gift of $1,000, the difference between tuition and the actual cost of educating one child. With our True Tuition Plus program, donors double this gift at $2,000 to cover the actual cost of education for two children.
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.
One Big Family Fall Campaign
Our One Big Family Fall 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 Molly, to get started today.
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 Development Manager, Molly Shaw ([email protected]) 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 Development Manager, Molly Shaw ([email protected]), for more information.
Make a Pledge at 80’s Prom Night, March 14, 2020
Held each year, our Gala and Auction is a special event that brings our community together to support and celebrate Sunstone. Guests enjoy a delicious dinner while having fun, playing games, bidding on mystery boxes and live auction items, and raising critical funds during the paddle raise.
Sponsor the Gala at $500, $680, $1,000, or $5,000
Sponsoring the Gala provides critical funds that help to underwrite the cost of the event. With the help of sponsorship, Sunstone is able to offer a memorable Gala that is also profitable!
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 Development Manager, Molly Shaw ([email protected]), for more information or click below to pledge your planned giving.
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.