Established by an anonymous donor to support faculty salaries and to honor our beloved founder Monique Grund. Est. 2013.
Thank you for your generosity
Mitch Mitchell, Advancement Director
Explore ways our community contributes
100% Community Fund: every gift counts
Our annual Community Fund helps cover day-to-day operating expenses—the gap between tuition and what it costs to run the school. It pays for things like wilderness trips, tuition assistance, sports programs, beautification projects, art supplies, and more. Thanks to strong participation, we have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars from foundations. When we all give, foundations give to us—it's that simple. Contributions are tax-deductible.
The Endowment: high impact investing
An endowment is a long-term investment with immediate impact. The funds grow in perpetuity, and 2 to 5 percent of annual investment income is spent on educational programs. The school has a general endowment and eight endowed funds with specific areas of focus, all managed by a team of investment professionals. Funds exceed $3 million.
Students should experience the outdoors on a daily basis. Fund supports nature education for students of all ages. Est. 2013.
Promotes understanding, awareness, and celebration of the diversity, both cultural and otherwise, in our school community and our community at large. Est. 2014.
In honor of Diane David, longtime early childhood educator, parent, and advocate for socioeconomic diversity, to support the Tuition Assistance program. Est. 2015.
In honor of Karen Nani Apana, Ph.D., a founding parent, high school teacher and mentor. Funds initiatives involving student support and counseling. Est. 2015.
Created by the Grade School Class of 2015 and their families to support the grade school athletic program. Est. 2015.
In memory of parent Jennifer Tomasco Burke (1976-2016), who through her own inquiry and discovery came to appreciate the tremendous dedication of our teachers. Funds help to fulfill one of Jen's final wishes - to support those teachers in their daily work to educate our children. Est. 2016.
Created with assistance from the Grade School Class of 2019, this fund expands diversity efforts through specific tuition scholarships for families and students from underrepresented communities. Fund supports the Kitch Scholars Program and other diversity scholars from parent-child through high school. Est. 2019.
Capital Campaigns: a growing campus
Capital campaigns occur every five to eight years to help the school construct and improve physical spaces. The Home Court Campaign (2016-2019), the largest capital campaign in our history, received dedicated gifts from between $100 and $1 million for a showcase center for athletics and community. We're close to our $8 million goal.
Visionary Philanthropy: Kitch Scholars Program
Established in 2006 with the visionary leadership and philanthropic gift of over $1 million from Rick and Kim Beleson, alumni parents. This inspired 10-year program funded up to sixteen full scholarships annually to promising high school students from under-served communities. The program received additional gifts of $100,000 from The Sam Mazza Foundation and $35,000 from the Kimball Foundation for a middle school pilot program.
When the program concluded in 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to continue funding through budgetary allocations and community contributions. In 2019, the Equity and Inclusion Endowment was established to create a sustainable way to support this and other scholarship efforts at the school from nursery to Grade 12.
“I’ve seen firsthand the life-changing impact that the Kitch Scholarship has had on our SMART Scholars and their families. The generous funds have enabled hardworking students from low-income families to thrive in Waldorf High School’s rigorous and nurturing environment. These students have gone on to schools like Howard, NYU, and Occidental College.”
Erin Gevertz, The SMART Program